Collin Kartchner brings his message of media moderation to Logan

In this July 27, 2015, photo, Giulia Pugliese, 15, right, posts a picture to Snapchat while her friend Isabella Cimato, 17, left, and her cousin Arianna Schaden, 14, look on at Roosevelt Field shopping mall in Garden City, N.Y. Teens aren’t roaming around at the mall for kicks during back-to-school. They’re researching the looks they want online and follow popular hashtags on social media so they can piece together looks before they get there. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Collin Kartchner, a videographer by trade, has changed lenses and become a social media activist. He comes to the Utah State University Spectrum Monday, January 14, at 7 p.m. to spread the word about the negative effects of social media and how to use phones and tablets to benefit others.

Kartchner teamed up with other professionals and traveled throughout the inter-mountain area informing parents of media pitfalls and trying to save children and adults from its harmful effects.

This time he teams up with Dr. Christy Kane. Dr. Kane, a licensed mental health counselor who practices in Utah County and in Salt Lake, works with both adults and teenagers and uses her professional experience to help others overcome difficult moments in their lives.

“I will focus on the electronics and how it affects the brain,” Kane said. “My presentation is more science based and deals more with my education and experience.”

Unplug and Connect is a follow-up program to Dr. Kane’s address. It is delivered via the Discovery Destination Facebook communities.

Both of the presenters are all about getting people to rethink the time they use with electronic media, by showing the negative effects of too much time on their phones tablets and other devices.

Today the major issues of social media include bullying and depression with today’s teens.

Benefiting others, Kartchner has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars helping people going through natural disasters using twitter and other social media.

CORRECTION: Kartcheners movement is was previously referred to as Unplug and Connect. His movement is #SAVETHEKIDS Fighting Social Media’s Influence on Teen Mental Health.

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  • Hank January 13, 2019 at 2:39 pm Reply

    This guy is a real piece of dog crap! Anybody who kneels during the national anthem deserves to never work again

    • Julia January 14, 2019 at 9:48 am Reply

      Hank, you’ve got the wrong Colin/Collin. You are thinking of Colin Kaepernick.

    • Brady Thurston January 15, 2019 at 10:30 am Reply

      Too funny!

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