Ten red flags that indicate your child is using too much technology
Includes ten Tech Tips for improved family connection, health and wellness
When working with children with problematic behaviours, at times it's difficult to determine what is causing the issue, and often it's never one thing! This article is designed to help parents, teachers and health professionals understand which child issues might be associated with technology overuse, and offers helpful suggestions to get kids back on a more healthy track.
Cris Rowan had a wonderful opportunity to network with Dr. Huu Kim Le, child psychiatrist who specializes in video game addictions from Australia.
"Cris is an extraordinary person doing some fantastic work here in Canada with Zonein. I had my best IGD work related meeting EVER (and I've met many experts from all over Asia) exchanging ideas and experiences whilst cycling around Stanley Park on a beautiful sunny day."
The Cyber Effect: A Pioneering Cyberpsychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online By Mary Aiken
In this, her first book, Aiken has created a starting point for all future conversations about how the Internet is shaping development and behavior, societal norms and values, children, safety, security, and our perception of the world. .
By Institute of Digital Media and Child Development
Program is intended to support cutting-edge interdisciplinary scientific research projects that seek to advance our knowledge and understanding of digital media and child development from birth through age 18 - deadline for the required Letter of Intent is October 30, 2016.
The Mars brand will give away 3,500 Pepper Hacker (click to see Youtube video) grinders but the impact of the device will not be as far reaching as the original concept and will be able to shut down wi-fi devices but not TVs.
By S. Kuhn, J Galllinet, International Review of Neurobiology, 2016.
Review of the evidence seems to imply that alterations in the frontal lobe, amygdala, hippocampus, hypothalamus, septum, and brain regions that process reward play a prominent role in the emergence of hypersexuality.
Review considers evidence that Internet pornography's unique properties (limitless novelty, potential for easy escalation to more extreme material, video format, etc.) may be potent enough to condition sexual arousal.
McMaster University study of 254 freshman students showed 55% met criteria for Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) or Problematic Internet Use (PIU). Further investigation revealed students with IAD or PIU, showed higher incidence of mental illness including depression, anxiety, impulsivity, and inattention, as well as poor planning and time management skills.
By Susan Carter, Kyle Greenberg and Michael Walker Massachusetts Institute of Technology May 2016 "Average final exam scores among students assigned to classrooms that allowed
computers were 18 percent of a standard deviation lower than exam scores of students
in classrooms that prohibited computers."
Canada - C4ST (Citizens for Safe Technology) Summer 2016 "Your Children Need Your Help! This summer, Moms across Canada are voicing their
concerns to Health Minister Jane Philpott and their Members of Parliament."
Sedentary, neglected, isolated, and overstimulated, the new millennium child can no longer pay attention and learn. Zone'in Products are designed by an occupational therapist to enhance child development and learning, ensuring successful futures.
Zone'in- enhancing attention, learning and self-regulation.
Move'in - teaches children to print, the foundation for literacy.
Unplug'in - builds skill and confidence in activities other than technology.
Live'in- 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.
Virtual Child 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.
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.