In the Middle Ages, people feared that the Pied Piper would steal children. Today, we fear that the Internet will turn them into zombies. Popular media is full of worries about the effects of “screen time” on attention spans, mental health, family life, and children’s ability to read and feel emotions.

A Zócalo Public Square/UCLA event brings experts together to explore the validity of these fears in “Is the Internet Turning Kids Into Zombies?” on Monday, April 25, 7 p.m. at RAND Corporation, 1776 Main Street, Santa Monica. Participants include Yalda Uhls, senior researcher at Children’s Digital Media Center @ L.A., a collaboration between UCLA and Cal State University; Marsha Rybin, principal of High Tech Los Angeles charter high school; and RAND education policy researcher Lindsay Daugherty. Moderating the discussion is Eryn Brown, science and health journalist.

The event is free but a reservation is recommended and comes with free parking. RSVP here.