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By Sveinn S. Kjartansson & Stella Sæmundsdóttir Guest Authors.
Luis Hernan's Kirlian photo of cellular wireless radiation with red denoting high and blue low level.

Microwave radiation is emitted from ALL wireless technology  including smartphones, tablets, laptops and routers as well as phone masts. This type of  wireless  radiation, named wifi, bluetooth, 3G/4G, is not emitted from  wired devices  e.g. those that plug into a socket do not emit radiation. Microwave radiation travels through the body, houses, cars etc., and is historically termed 'non-ionising' radiation as it was previously thought to not have biological effects.

Independent organizations recommend 'safety' standards for wireless radiation, not government.  Over 20 years ago the  International Committee on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) set guidelines that  only apply to heating effect from microwave radiation; guidelines which are still used by today's governments.

New Tools That Help Families Manage Time
Guest Blog by Jenifer Joy Madden.
If digital gadgets and games are being designed to attract and hold kids' attention, American pediatricians are pushing back with their own design.

"The goal is to give parents, and everybody really, a visual of how a child's day maps out and we can really understand what affects the balance in their lives and what you need to do to have a balanced lifestyle," says Corinn Cross, MD, FAPP, who came up with the idea for the Media Time Calculator, a major piece of the American Academy of Pediatrics new Family Media Plan.

Parents and kids can sit down together and use the calculator to ensure a 24-hour day includes not only screen time, but everything else a child needs to be healthy, balanced, and durable.

How To Be a Durable Human: Revive and Thrive in the Digital Age Through the Power of Self-Design
By Jenifer Joy Madden

Are YOU durable?  Find out in this unprecedented handbook for being an effective human in a world of information overload, artificial intelligence, and shrinking attention spans. Get specific advice from top experts ranging from the U.S. Surgeon General to Buddhist philosopher Thich Nhat Hanh about how to refresh and maintain your unique human-only assets- from your eyesight, to your metabolism, to your concentration, to your sanity. Kirkus Reviews calls  How To Be a Durable Human  "a wide-ranging self-help guide that explores the potential perils of the modern sedentary, screen-obsessed lifestyle and offers tips for achieving resilient health and memory."

Order the book at Amazon  here .

Foundation Series Workshop Schedule
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.
Contact person:  Jennifer White 

April 21, 2017 - Vancouver, BC
Professional workshop at First Nations School Association conference on printing instruction and evaluation co-presenting with Madeline Price.
Contact person: Jennifer White

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.
Contact person: Roberta O'Brien

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.
Contact person: Roberta O'Brien

Research and News Review

Childhood Development

By Julianne Hazlewood  April 7, 2017 CBC News 
Gymnasium includes workout circuit with students able to set their own fitness regimen.

By Philip McRae 2016
Neglect in an Age of Hyper-Connectivity. Presentation to BC Teachers Federation 2016.

By HandsOnOT March 28, 2017
"Because while the parent thinks they're doing something positive - or at least neutral - for their child by setting them in front of screen media, they're actually interfering with 2 the child's natural, healthy development. The younger the child is, the greater the interference and future consequences."

Social Media, Internet & Mobile Technology

Guest Post by Melanie Hemp March 26, 2017
Tweens' brains are simply too immature to use social media appropriately.

By Nicholas Kardaras
The proposed warning label on electronic screen devices would read:
WARNING: Excessive Screen Usage By Children Can Lead to Clinical Disorders.

By Victoria Dunckley April 1, 2017
10 evidence-based strategies to prevent overstimulation from screen-time.

By Brit McCandless April 09, 2017
Texts and notifications, anxiety and phantom vibrations - Anderson Cooper talks about the impact smartphones have on teens and adults, particularly himself.

CBS News - April 9, 2017
Why can't we stop looking at our smartphones? And are the designers of the apps and content on them using brain science to keep us hooked?

National Toxicology Program
Some key points about the cell phone study "Report of Partial Findings from the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Hsd: Sprague Dawley SD Rats" published May 27, 2016.

Webinar by Susan Stiffelman & Victoria Dunckley
A class on helping kids develop healthy habits around technology.

By Moby & The Void Pacific Choir Published on 18 Oct 2016
Are we slaves to our own technology?

By Pantic I, Damjanovic A, Todorovic J, Topalovic D, Bojovic-Jovic D, Ristic S, Pantic S. March 24, 2012
Frequent use of Facebook and other social networks is thought to be associated with certain behavioral changes, and some authors have expressed concerns about its possible detrimental effect on mental health. Results of this 2012 study indicate that online social networking is related to depression.

By Marion K. Underwood & Robert Faris
The results of this study revealed that the relations between social media use and psychological adjustment were complex, and depended on characteristics of the young adolescents.

By Kross EVerduyn PDemiralp E, et al August 14, 2013 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0069841.
Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection. Rather than enhancing well-being, however, these findings suggest that Facebook may undermine it.
Video Games & Pornography

By Nick Yee September 21, 2004  
The data presented allow game developers to understand how the gender and age of current generation MMORPG players interface with their motivations for playing, their in-game preferences, and their rates of attrition.

Vimeo video by Magali Barbe March 19, 2017 
A sci-fi short about augmented reality. "Strange Beasts" is an augmented reality game. It allows you to create and grow your own virtual pet. How far can it go?
Child & Youth Addictions
By Yip SW, Morie KP, Xu J, Constable RT, Malison RT, Carroll KM2, Potenza MN. March 22, 2017 doi: 10.1016/j.bpsc.2016.03.001.
This is the first study to compare diffusion indices directly between behavioral and substance addictions and the largest dMRI study of GD. Our findings indicate similar white-matter microstructural alterations across addictions that cannot be attributed solely to exposure to drugs or alcohol and thus may be a vulnerability mechanism for addictive disorders.

Useful website resource with advice for parents.

By Katrina Kenison April 8, 2017
As the mother of a son who was addicted to video games, Katrina Kenison responds to  an op-ed piece New York Times  entitled "Video Games Are Not Addictive."

YouTube published on April 10, 2017
Patrik Wincent (Internet ER) joins Dave Rubin to discuss internet addiction, gaming, what technology is doing to us, and more.

YouTube published on April 10, 2017
Patrik Wincent (Internet ER) joins Dave Rubin to discuss internet  and porn addiction, how porn affects sex in real life, raising kids on iPads, digital shutdowns and more.

By Amanda L. Giordano & Craig S. Cashwell March 28, 2017 doi:10.1080/10720162.2017.1287612
Online sexual behavior is not problematic in and of itself, for some it can become compulsive and
addictive. One population that may be at heightened risk for cybersex addiction is the collegiate population.

Education Technology
By Amy Williams March 21, 2017 Education Week Teacher
"screen-free reading." It refers to the act of reading a book, article, or short story with words printed on paper.

BBC News March 9, 2017
A primary school has put up signs asking parents not to use their mobile phones when they pick up their children. The signs are an attempt to get families talking, the school says
Wireless Radiation
First published May 2013
Five girls from Hjallerup School in North Jutland, Denmark, found it difficult to concentrate during the school day, so they experimented by subjecting cress to wi-fi radiation. The results are truly frightening.
Hassanshahi A, Shafeie SA, Fatemi I et al 
March 22, 2017 doi: 10.1007/s10072-017-2920-y.
Results of this study showed that chronic exposure to Wi-Fi electromagnetic waves might impair both unimodal and cross-modal encoding of information.
By Cyprus Minister of Education and Culture January 31, 2017  
Cyprus Minister of Education issues new Decree to minimize wireless radiation exposure to children in schools and require parental consent.
Zone'in Programs

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.

Tech Talks for Therapists   - 5 hour training for educators and therapists; includes Tech Tool Kit.
Tech Talks for Families -  10 half hour sessions for families on tech management; includes Tech Tool Kit.
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
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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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.
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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.

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