By Cris Rowan

In the dark recesses of every parent's mind lives a niggling question "Are wireless devices safe"? While oncology and epidemiology researchers have expressed concerns regarding wireless radiation safety to various levels of health and education governments, the public continues to be reassured that wireless devices are safe. But are they PROVEN to be safe, and if so, what levels of wireless usage are okay for children? This article presents recent research by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Toxicology Program (NTP) implicating wireless devices as a causal factor in two types of cancer, heart Schwannoma and brain glioma. Compiling this recent NIEHS/NTP data conducted on animals, with already existing human epidemiological research, and rising incidence of   the same two types of cancer, raises serious concerns about wireless radiation and human safety. France is banning all wireless devices including cell phones from all public schools starting September 2018, and California Public Health is actively educating their public regarding risk of harm from wireless radiation. Children are more vulnerable to wireless radiation than adults due to thinner skulls, more aqueous bodies/brains, and higher rate of cell turn over. Until research proves wireless devices are safe, and adequately defines what levels of radiation are safe for different ages, immediate steps must be taken to remove wireless radiation from all areas where children reside. "Go Wired" is a global campaign advocating for replacing wireless with wired internet, and relocating cell phone towers away from facilities which serve children. These life sustaining initiatives will ensure immediate safety for children (including unborn fetuses) from dangerous effects of wireless radiation in their home, school, clinic, and other community settings.


Foundation Series Workshop Schedule

May 8, 2018 Winnipeg, Manitoba
Workshop for early childhood educators and health professionals on impact of technology on children sponsored by Healthy Child Manitoba.
Contact person:  Shannon Dennehy, 204-945-3610,   Shannon Dennehy@gov.mb.ca

October 15-18, 2018 - Long Island, New York
Digital Media and Developing Minds - second national congress and Exposition by  Children AND Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development and Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory.

November 15 and 17, 2018 - Maple Ridge, BC
Workshops for early childhood educators and health professionals on impact of technology on children sponsored by Ridge Meadows Early Child Development Committee.
Contact person: Roberta O'Brien, 604-467-6055,  rmecd@telus.net

Other Workshops

Families Managing Media 2018
The Screen Solution Workshops will leave you feeling equipped with the tools needed to help you reset your child's screen habits. From video games to smartphones, we'll show you how to make practical changes in your day-to-day life with proven strategies and replacement activities to establish a balanced screen use at different ages.


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Childhood Development

1 in 66 Canadian children diagnosed with autism, report reveals
By The Canadian Press March 29, 2018
Boys are four to five times more likely to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, than girls, according to new statistics released by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

By Marilyn Wedge August 15, 2017
Some children who have been diagnosed with autism or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) could dramatically benefit from not being exposed to electronic screens.

By Victoria Dunckley December 31, 2016
Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are uniquely vulnerable to various brain-related impacts of screen time.

By Marius Teodor Zamfir March 2018
This survey describes the incidence of the excessive consumption of virtual environment in children recently diagnosed with ASD, between 2012-2017, in two specialized rehabilitation centres.

By Krista Riihimaki March 13, 2018
Child, Disrupted is a short documentary film, to be released in May 2018, that explores the effects of technology on children's development. Learn more about the film at childdisrupted.com/about

By CBS/AP March 15, 2018
Shift of physical toys to technology contributes to demise of Toys R Us.

Video Dr Oz aired March 14, 2018
Psychiatrist Dr. Judith Joseph discusses the black box warning on psychiatric medications and addiction specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky weighs in on the concern of suicidal and homicidal ideation in young people taking psychiatric drugs.

Ted video by 
Wendy Suzuki 
 
at 
TEDWomen 2017
What's the most transformative thing you can do for your brain today? Exercise!

By Drew Harwell April 6, 2018
Fifth-grade classes at the First Avenue School in Newark are learning about digital privacy and online-offline balance.

By Melanie Hemp March 2018
The promise that personal screens in the classroom will create tech-smart superkids, raise GPAs, and get your child ready for college is compelling. But is that what's really happening?

Posted on CBC News April 23, 2018
In a recent study, more than 30 per cent of young Canadian children walked around with fuzzy vision because of myopia that went undiagnosed.

Social Media, Internet & Mobile Technology

By Melanie Hempe March 13, 2018
FAQs for raising a teen without a smartphone

By Brandon Specktor December 1, 2017
A new study suggests that for teens, being hooked on the internet and smartphones may harm brain chemistry.

By Andrew Perrin and Jingjing Jiang March 14, 2018
As smartphones and other mobile devices have become more widespread, 26% of American adults now report that they go online "almost constantly," up from 21% in 2015, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in January 2018.

By Richard Freed March 11, 2018
How psychology is being used as a weapon against children.

By Ming Yang, WenWen Guo, ChunSheng Yang, et al Published online 2017 May 4. doi:  10.1371/journal.pone.0175136
Results of this study suggest that long-term mobile phone use may be associated with an increased risk of glioma.

By Alicja Bortkiewicz, Elzbieta Gadzicka, Wieslaw Szymczak Published 2017 DOI: https://doi.org/10.13075/ijomeh.1896.00802
The results of this study support the hypothesis that long-term use of mobile phone increases risk of intracranial tumors, especially in the case of ipsilateral exposure.

Video Games & Pornography

Published by Sex and Relationship Healing February 19,2018
There are a lot of opinions on the internet about porn and its effects. This article collects the latest research about pornography, with verifiable evidence for those who are interested in the truth.

By Tony Romm March 8, 2018
Republican lawmakers and conservative media critics pressed President Trump to explore new restrictions on the video-game industry, arguing that violent games might have contributed to mass shootings like the recent attack at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

Child & Youth Addictions
 
By Erik Peper and Richard Harvey 2018 NeuroRegulation, 5(1), 3-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.15540/nr.5.1.3
Article surveys college students of digital addiction, describes possible mechanisms involved, and suggests options how to successfully live in digital world.

By Jenifer Joy Madden
The author visits with Hilaire Cash at the ReStart internet addiction center near Seattle.

By Gadgets Now March 16, 2018
To help parents control their children's screen addiction touted as a "growing public health crisis",  Apple  has introduced a new page called " Families " on its website.

Wireless Radiation
 
Press Release by California Brain Tumor Association March 30, 2018
NTP study results supporting the findings of human studies, there is enough scientific evidence to increase the classification of all wireless radiation from a Class 2B (possible carcinogen) to a Class 1 Human Carcinogen (carcinogenic to humans) like cigarette smoke and asbestos.

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Virtual Child - The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children
Virtual Child
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.  

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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.
  
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