Despite police reports and pediatrician citations, the recent Momo Suicide Challenge was determined by media to be fake. Hoax or not, the resurfacing Momo Suicide Challenge presents parents, teachers and governments with a hard to ignore fact - the internet is not a safe place for children, and we've known for years that the internet is not making our children happy. In 2018 Blue Cross Blue Shield Association release findings showing a 64% rise in depression in teens between 2013 and 2016 with the Center for Disease Control reporting in 2016 a concurrent 30% rise in suicide. Jean Twenge's 2017 research found that teens who spend five or more hours per day on their devices are 71 percent more likely to have one risk factor for suicide regardless of the content consumed. It is becoming increasing harder to ignore the real threats and harm posed to children and teens by spending long durations of unsupervis ed time in the virtual world. This failure to protect children and teens online originates with absolute disregard for child safety by the internet giants including WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube. These platforms consistently use faulty and ineffective algorithms to screen content, often relying instead on parents to report inappropriate content...after their children have been exposed. Following is a historical detailing of seemingly forgotten events of equal or greater importance to the Momo Suicide Challenge indicating that we have known for some time the internet is an unsafe and unhappy 'virtual hole' which many children and youth unsuspectingly are falling into. The rise in these scary events indicate the urgent need by parents, teachers and governments to get involved and hold our social media and video gaming designers responsible and demand immediate changes to the internet to improve safety for children and youth. Until such time, parents and teachers are wise to prohibit use of unsupervised internet use in homes and school environments. Our children have a right to be safe and happy.
Free Open Discussion on the Safety of Our Children's Exposure to Wireless Radiation in School - March 25
Panel will feature experts in the field of environmental health and technology to speak on the impact of wireless radiation and ways to combat it
Schools today use high-density mesh Wi-Fi networks which can create more intense microwave radiation exposures. This exposure to constantly-emitting microwave transmitters has scientifically documented health impacts that many parents and educators are unaware of. Learn more about what possible health risks children face when they are constantly exposed to wireless radiation throughout the day at school from mesh wireless networks.
Ronald Melnick, Ph.D., Former Toxicologist of National Institute of Health (NIH), Senior Science Advisor, Environmental Health Trust
Dr. Martha Herbert, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School
Dr. David O. Carpenter, Public Health Physician and Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment, a Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization
Frank Clegg, CEO of Canadians for Safe Technology and former long-time president of Microsoft Canada
Theodora Scarato, MSW, Executive Director, Environmental Health Trust
The digital world is designed to grab our attention through the allure of increased productivity, interactivity, and entertainment, all within instant reach of our smartphones and mobile devices. We have endless access to movies, social interactivity, music, games, and anything the human mind creates in a digital environment. Is this all good? Is this all bad? Healthy usage of digital media entertainment lies somewhere between one to three hours per day. The problem is the average child is overdosing on digital media entertainment at more than seven hours daily! Julie, Christie, and Dr. Doan approach this topic with neuroscience research, proven solutions, and Biblical wisdom. This workbook is designed to educate, increase awareness, and prevent your kids and family from being sucked into the digital vortex!
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.
The names of youth are protected by publication ban, so the consequences of bad childhood decisions don't follow them for the rest of their lives. The bans work for media, but the teenage grapevine - Instagram, Snapchat and old-fashioned text message - is clearly another matter.
By Jamie Manolev, Anna Sullivan & Roger Slee December 14, 2018
ClassDojo is one of the most popular and successful educational technologies and is used internationally. It is a school-based social media platform that incorporates a gamified behaviour-shaping function, providing school communities with a centralised digital network in which to interact. We argue that ClassDojo's datafying system of school discipline intensifies and normalises the surveillance of students. Furthermore, it creates a culture of performativity and serves as a mechanism for behaviour control.
Childreen and teens are very creative about find ways to continue on Social Media during homework. To help stop these workarounds, Screenagers have outlined what popular apps and games work on which devices.
It is only when legislation is enacted that platforms like Instagram and Facebook will - quite literally - start to clean up their act, systematically stripping their platforms of the illegal and offensive content that is causing so much division and harm.
By Laura Donnelly
Children are spending an average of 23 hours a week on smartphones and other gadgets - twice as much time as they spend conversing with their parents, polling suggests.
Prof Dame Sally Davies, UK Chief Medical Officer issued the first official advice on screen time and social media - urging parents to ban smartphones from mealtimes and leave them outside of bedrooms at night.
A new study on social media use found that people who spent excessive time on Facebook also made riskier decisions -- performing as poorly in a famous psychological test as people dependent on substances such as cocaine or heroin.
According to a recent study which was conducted with 2,000 parents having at least one child aged between 11 and 16, it has been proved that social media influencer and YouTuber stood second (17 per cent) and third (14 per cent) in the list of most popular professions that children wish to pursue for their careers. Doctors topped the list with 18 per cent.
Worried about the amount of time your child is spending on a tablet or phone? A professor says you shouldn't be screening screen time. Jordan Shapiro writes in his new book the time spent online in games and on social media is actually beneficial to kids.
The World Health Organization recently declared video game addiction as a mental health disorder. Cam Adair shares his personal story of life-changing addiction and the efforts to better understand and provide help for this issue.
The concern is that continued exposure can cause serious harm to the health of the child, being exposed to an electromagnetic soup at school. The protection of the health of a the child is a constitutional right.
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.
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.