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As a child development specialist, a frequent question asked by parents, educators, and therapists is "Do video games improve fine motor skills"? Concerns continue regarding long durations children are spending using various technologies, and creating the need to justify high usage rates in homes, schools, and clinical settings is on the rise. Because video games require eye-hand coordination, a logical premise follows that high usage of video games would consequently improve fine motor skill. This premise is somewhat misleading though, as the majority of functional fine motor skills such as printing and reading, have no relation whatsoever to playing video games. Many factors must be taken into account in order to better understand the impact of technology on developing bodies and brains. This article intends to profile critical factors which create foundations for child fine motor development, and how these factors are both positively and negatively affected by video games. Hopefully this information will serve as a guide for parents, educators, and therapists for more judicious use of video games with young children. 

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The New Age of Sex Education:: How to Talk to Your Teen About Cybersex and Pornography in the Digital Age
By Jennifer Weeks

Raising children in today's always "plugged-in" digital age can be overwhelming for many parents. Children today experience near constant exposure to online activities, making it difficult for parents to keep up with the content their children are exposed to, some of which they may not be prepared to handle. Talking to their children about sex and sexuality can be extremely difficult for parents, even more so when the digital world has created easier access to sexual content. In Dr. Jennifer Week's first prevention book, parents will learn how their teens are interacting online and how exposure to online sexuality can affect them. .

Order the book on Amazon here Published August 18, 2016

Research and News Review

Childhood Development

By Richard Freed December 5, 2016
Make no mistake, guiding children's and teens' tech use demands far more effort from adults than just handing over a device. But that's a small price to pay for fixing what is so clearly broken in our young peoples' lives.

By Ariana Eunjung Cha The Washington Post October 31, 2016

By Anne Watkins
If you're worried that your teenager has been gaining weight lately, and if you think television, video games and Internet use may be playing a role, you're not alone.

By Erik Pepper September 18, 2016
Blanking out the memorized information that you have studied on an exam is a common experiences of students even if they worked hard.

By To The Best of Our Knowledge November 12, 2016
Podcast Episode about "Attention Economy," ADHD, and Internet Distraction
Social Media & Mobile Technology

By Leslie Davis
Instead of physically harming or verbally attacking their victims, cyberbullies use the Internet, cell phones and other technology to hurt, threaten and embarrass others.

By Meghan Vivo
Cyber bullying is not harmless fun and can cause deep emotional scars that last a lifetime. Use these tios to arm your family against cyber bullying.

By Sabrina Tavernise April 22, 2016
Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults.

By Elissa Nadworny November 4, 2016
Suicide rates for U.S. middle school students have been steadily rising - doubling from 2007-14, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By Ramin Mojtabai, Mark Olfson, Beth Han American Academy of Pediatrics - AAP News & Journals, Pediatrics November 2016

Canada - CBC News November 14, 2016
"As compared with adolescent boys, adolescent girls also now use mobile phones with texting applications more frequently and intensively and problematic mobile phone use among young people has been linked to depressed mood."

By Phillip Reese California - The Sacramento Bee January 21, 2016

Tampa, FL - ABC Action News April 22, 2016
1:48 min video
By Sally C. Curtin, MA, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention November 4, 2016
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:1203.

Video Games & Pornography
By Victoria Dunckley
Sign up HERE for your FREE Save Your Child's Brain minicourse.  Arm yourself with the truth about video games, and get your child's brain on track.

By Luther Elliott, Andrew Golub, Geoffrey Ream and Eloise Dunlap Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2012 Mar; 15(3): 155-161. doi:  10.1089/cyber.2011.0387
2012 study that assessed how problem video game playing varies with game type, or "genre," among adult video gamers. Participants were adults (18+) who reported playing video games for 1 hour or more during the past week and completed a nationally representative online survey.

Video games and other media that depict risk-taking may increase the likelihood that people will take dangerous risks in their real lives.

It isn't always easy to get your teen to stop playing video games. They may not be motivated to change bad habits, or worse, they may have become addicted to video games or the Internet.

Recent studies show that the average video game addict is 35 years old and is fatter and more depressed than the general population.

By Hugh C. McBride
A recent study has added scientific support to claims of addiction among one notoriously dedicated group: Young video game players may actually suffer from video game addiction.

By Meghan Vivo
If video games are damaging your personal relationships or otherwise negatively impacting your life, know that help is available.

By Dr Ragnar Purje December 12, 2016
The question that needs to be asked is how might the release of dopamine affect the brain and behaviour (hólos) of a video gamer?

By Families Managing Media October 28, 2016
7 steps parents can take steps at home to prevent online porn exposure at an early age.

International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals December 14, 2016
Response to The American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) position statement  broadly stating that they did not believe there was enough evidence to accept that problematic sexual behavior and abuse of pornography can be referred to as an addiction.

By Ian Kerner CNN December 14, 2016
The concept of sex addiction began gaining traction in the 1980s.  Professionals are divided on whether it should be officially classified as an addiction.

Technology Addictions & Psychotropic Meds
By Leslie Davis
A new study published in the journal Injury Prevention shows that Internet addiction can lead teens to cause themselves harm through pulling their own hair or hitting, pinching or burning themselves.

By Families Managing Media November 22, 2016
Is your underscheduled child becoming obsessed with his screen? 

By Caitlin Gibson December 7, 2016
A parents struggle to help their 15 year old son.

Press release November 17, 2016
reSTART Life, the leading provider of treatment services for Internet and videogame addiction is opening the first specialized treatment center for adolescents age 13-18 in the Nation. Located in the Pacific Northwest, Serenity Mountain will house 16 teens seeking a healthier relationship with screens in the digital age .

By Leslie Davis
Children and teens who are diagnosed with one of several emotional and behavioral disorders are more likely than their peers to become addicted to the Internet.

By Hugh C. McBride
The secret to ensuring that your children have a healthy relationship with the Internet and video games means effectively managing your kids' computer activities. If you can help your children learn to game and navigate the online world responsibly, you'll have gained an essential point of entry into their lives.

By Meghan Vivo
Don't believe video game addiction really exists? New research may convince you to think again.

By Emily Battaglia
Video game addiction does exist - and it's affecting children and teens all across America.

HouseSmartsTV - YouTube video published October 28, 2016
Technology is AWESOME! Except when it isn't. In the case of our children, it takes a bit of training and education to get them to take a break from their cell phones and video games. David Greenfield, a family expert in tech addiction gives his perspective on this topic.

By David McNamee 
To what extent technology addiction or Internet addiction can be considered a genuine medical disorder is contentious. The term has been in popular use since the mid-1990s but is still not fully recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Facing Addiction in America
Facing Addiction Inc. is a national non-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions to the addiction crisis by unifying the voice of the over 45 million Americans and their families directly impacted by addiction.

By Rob Walker U.K. - The Guardian November 5, 2016

By Nancy Colier, November 6, 2016
Ironically, even computers need to be shut down every once in a while to reboot, but we humans somehow think we can do without recuperating.

Real Battle Ministries have created a printed resource for classrooms, libraries, and counseling centers.

By Andrew Doan November 7, 2016
Research discovers that Internet Gaming Disorder is not a significant problem! Dr Andrew Doan discusses the research paper.

By Tina Amirtha December 9, 2016
Erin Martucci is believed to be the first to use a virtual reality headset to manage her pain during labor, and doctors hope more women will follow.

By Farhad Manjoo November 2, 2016
For years, technologists and other utopians have argued that online news would be a boon to democracy. That has not been the case.

By D. Samuelson News Target November 14, 2016
By Matthew Dunn Australia - November 14, 2016
By Watchdog Radio | Citizens Commission on Human Rights February 15, 2016
33:58 minute audio

WifiWifi in Schools Update

Wi-Fi In Schools and Libraries

By Erin Biba BBC November 28, 2016
From Environmental Health Trust November 2016
By Stephen Dahl Rhode Island - The Independent October 27, 2016

Cell Phone Towers and Schools

From Safe Tech For Schools November 16, 2016
02:36 minute video
Learn more about the Crossfield Tower:

Medical / Scientific Advocacy

By Dr. Jay Davidson - The Detox and Nutrition Coach November 22, 2016
35:15 minute podcast/ video
By JoNel Aleccia The Seattle Times October 21, 2016

By Peter Sullivan Clear Light Ventures October 7, 2016

By Yan-Hui Hao, Li Zhao, Rui-Yun Peng BioMed Central | Military Medical Research | DOI: 10.1186/s40779-015-0033-6 February 17, 2015
"The damaging effects of MW radiation on the brain include brain dysfunction and brain structural damage."

Wellness Mama November 14, 2016

Acknowledgement - The above links where first published in the NACST Newsletter November 2016.

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By Cris Rowan, pediatric occupational therapist.

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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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