By Cris Rowan, Dr. Lennart Hardell, Tarmo Koppel, Sveinn Kjartansson & Stella Sæmundsdóttir
The past decade was marked by rising use of mobile technology by children in homes and schools, with stu dies showing concurrent decline in
. One in three children enter school
one in four are
obese or overweight
one in seven have a
diagnosed mental illness
, and one in ten are
addicted to technology
. As problematic behaviors escalate and classroom management becomes increasingly difficult, schools continue to increase unmanaged student technology use. Safety standards for children in schools regarding screen time and wireless radiation either do not exist, or do not concur with
current scientific evidence
. There are no studies which demonstrate wireless radiation endemic in mobile technology is
for humans, with mounting research
now indicating harm
. Cancer incidence in teens has risen
25% over the past 38 years
. The rapidity of child development poses increased risks for children, indicating immediate measures be taken in school environments to protect children. This
Safe Schools Policy
will serve as an education industry benchmark standard in ensuring productive and sustainable futures for all children.
The Safe Schools Policy has been sent to all BC school boards. If you feel moved, please like or share
By Amanda Ferguson February 16, 2017
A Toronto east-end middle school is making the call to ban cellphones from all of its classrooms and hallways after parents and teachers reported distractions were at an all-time high.
|Cris in the News
By Fabrizio De Angelis March 20, 2017
Cris Rowans "Ten reasons why handheld devices should be banned for children under the age of 12" is featured on The Technical School an Italian on line publication for schools.
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
By Adam Alter
By reverse engineering behavioral addiction, Alter explains how we can harness addictive products for the good-to improve how we communicate with each other, spend and save our money, and set boundaries between work and play-and how we can mitigate their most damaging effects on our well-being, and the health and happiness of our children.
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Foundation Series Workshop Schedule
April 5, 2017 - Gibsons, BC
Parent workshop sponsored by Gibsons Public Library in conjunction with Screenagers viewing.
April 21, 2017 - Vancouver, BC
Professional workshop at First Nations School Association conference on use of movement and nature to enhance child behavior, attention and learning.
April 21, 2017 - Vancouver, BC
Professional workshop at First Nations School Association conference on printing instruction and evaluation co-presenting with Madeline Price.
May 6, 2017 - Maple Ridge, BC
Parent, caregiver, and ECE workshop on the impact of technology on child development sponsored by Ridge Meadows Early Childhood Development Committee.
May 18, 2017 - Maple Ridge, BC
Service provider workshop on the impact of technology on child development sponsored by Ridge Meadows Early Childhood Development Committee.
|Research and News Review
The New America PreK-12 Education team provides an overview of Donald Trump's budget blueprint and its possible effects on America's students.
By Victoria Dunckley March 3, 2017
We're all familiar with mental health issues or symptoms. But what does a mental healthy brain look like? And how do we get there?
Social Media, Internet & Mobile Technology
By Dr. Andrew & Julie Doan March 15, 2017
For more information about how digital media (video games, social media, porn, etc...) act on brain and body like pharmaceutical drugs.
By Brian A. Primack, MD, PhD, Ariel Shensa, MA, Jaime E. Sidani, PhD, MPH, et al January 2017
This study assessed associations between social media use (SMU) and PSI among U.S. young adults. Young adults with high SMU seem to feel more socially isolated than their counterparts with lower SMU.
Japan's National Daily - The Mainichi
February 17, 2017
"A poster released by the Japan Pediatric Association and Japan Medical Association warning of the dangers of excessive smartphone use. The risks are (clockwise from top left): insufficient sleep, lack of excercise resulting in weaker bones and muscle, worsening vision, loss of communication skills, worsening cognitive function, and declining academic ability."
U.K. - DailyMail.com February 01, 2017
Employees at a Houston, Texas, daycare sent a strongly worded message to parents, telling them to get off their phones and pay attention to their own children.
Video Games & Pornography
By Thomas E Ricks / Laura Westley March 14, 2017 Foreign Policy
Porn debate heats up in the military.
Website - gamequitters.com
Support, help and advice on quitting gaming.
Study into the effects of prosocial games - theoretically, games in which game characters help and support each other in nonviolent ways - which should increase both short-term and long-term prosocial behaviors.
In conversation with Adam Alter who's new book "Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked," warns that many of us - youngsters, teenagers, adults - are addicted to modern digital products..
University of Derby finds smartphone users in study spent average 3.6 hours a day on devices, often causing severe distraction from relationships and 'real life'
By Stu Woo January 30, 2017 Wall Street Journal
" 'Edtech' is attracting investors, but some parents prefer traditional teaching methods"
By The Secret Teacher February 11, 2017 The Guardian (U.S. edition)
Providing wifi on tap to pupils is like handing them the keys to the tuck shop and expecting them not to clear the shelves.
House Bill 866: Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to develop Health and Safety Guidelines for the use of digital devices in public school classrooms.
By Faria Sana, Tina Weston, Nicholas J. Cepeda http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2012.10.003
found that participants who multitasked on a laptop during a lecture scored lower on a test compared to those who did not multitask.
This website is a great resource for understanding all aspects of Electrosensitivity.
03:07 minute Youtube video posted on February 9, 2017
Charlotte Huffman and Jason Trahan
February 02, 2017
Since September, teachers and students at Nichols Junior High have reported similar symptoms, including nausea, trouble concentrating and dizziness.
By Tim Wronka February 17, 2017
Charlotte County, Florida - NBC Channel 2
Strapped for cash, Charlotte County Schools found a new way to raise money by allowing cell phone towers to be built on school property.
Sedentary, neglected, isolated, and overstimulated, the new millennium child can no longer pay attention and learn. Zone'in Programs are designed by an occupational therapist to enhance child development and learning, ensuring successful futures.
- enhancing attention, learning and self-regulation.
- teaches children to print, the foundation for literacy.
builds skill and confidence in activities other than technology.
- media literacy guide for home, school and community.
Virtual Child - The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children
By Cris Rowan, pediatric occupational therapist.
documents the impact technology has had on the developing child, and proposes tools and techniques to manage balance between activities children need for growth and success with technology use.
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About the Author
Cris Rowan is a pediatric occupational therapist committed to enhancing child health and academic performance. Well known activist, speaker, sensory specialist and author, Cris is the "Go To" expert on child learning, development and technology overuse. Cris has provided over 200 workshops for health and education professionals, and is currently developing the Creating Sustainable Futures Program for a First Nations Community.
Training & Consultation
Instructor training for Foundation Series Workshops places pediatric occupational therapists on the cutting edge as experts in the field of technology's impact on child development.
Innovative team-based approach to manage balance between activities children need to grow and succeed with technology use.
Cris Rowan is now offering private phone/Skype consultations.
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