By Cris Rowan

While parenting has never been easy, parenting in the digital world requires a total new skill set that many parents are struggling to establish. What we want to remember as we negotiate our way through this maze of devices is that raising children is likely the most important job in the universe, and if done correctly, will ensure sustainable futures for people and planet. Parenting which is haphazard with few rules or structure results in children who struggle to meet their most basic needs. The following article was written to remind all of us of the 7 basic needs of children, and to point out that our children have a right to grow up in the most nurturing and safe environment that we can provide them. " Where are you going, my little one, little one? Where are you going, my baby, my own? Turn around and you're two. Turn around and you're four. Turn around and you're a young girl going out of the door" by The Kingston Trio.

Discussion on the Safety of Our Children's Exposure to Wireless Radiation in School

Washington DC hosted an expert forum on wireless radiation in schools on Mar. 25, '19.  Speakers included:
  • 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
  • Cecelia Doucette, MTPW, Technology Safety Educato

Click here for PP slides as well as 2-hour video coverage of speakers. Every parent, educator and clinician should watch this video.

Our children's safety depends on it
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Balanced Technology Management Certification
BTM Champion Status Seal

Cris Rowan is creating an online training certification in Balanced Technology
Management (BTM) for parents, teachers and clinicians. Parents will be certified BTM Advisors, teachers certified BTM Facilitators, and clinicians certified BTM Instructors.

We'll keep you posted!

Foundation Series Workshop Schedule

April 17, 2019 - Prince Rupert, BC
Evening workshop for parents on impact of screens on children sponsored by Prince Rupert School District No 52.
Contact person: Johanna Larson,

April 18, 2019 - Prince Rupert, BC
Workshop on impact of screens on children  sponsored by Prince Rupert School District No 52.
Contact person: Johanna Larson,

April 25, 2019 - Kenora, Ontario
Workshop on impact of screens on children sponsored by Kenora Catholic District School Board.
Contact person:  Stephanie Sweeney, 807-468-9851 x293, .

April 26, 2019 - Kenora, Ontario
Workshop on impact of screens on children sponsored by Kenora  Catholic District School Board.
Contact person:  Stephanie Sweeney, 807-468-9851 x293, .

July 20, 2019 - San Diego, California
Presentation on impact of technology on brain/body physiology to teens attending Camp Unplugged sponsored by Palomar Christian Conference Center.
Contact person: Christie Walsh 225-8535

Nov. 6-8, 2019 - Iquique, Chile
Guest speaker at the Congress of the Chilean Society of Psychiatry and Neurology of Childhood and Adolescence.
Contact person: Dr. Andrea Aguirre,

Other Workshops & Webinars

Families Managing Media 2019
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.

May 16 - Preview Night - Pineville NC
Kids & Screens: Preventing Digital Addiction -  How do you keep your child from getting hooked on Fortnite, social media and smartphones? Presented by Families Managing Media. Click here to register.

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Research and News Review
Childhood Development

By Delaney Ruston March 5, 2019
To track or not to track. That is the question. GPS and cell phone technology has made it possible to follow our kids' every move. Just because we can, is it ok to do it?

A study out of Waterloo, Canada has found too much screen time and not enough outdoor time is causing irreversible damage to children's eyes.  Even an hour more outside every week will go along way in preventing Myopia, or nearsightedness, which affects almost 90% of high school students in Asia.

By Y Numata-Uematsu, H Yokoyama, H Sato, et al  August 
Few studies have examined the symptoms children develop with early media exposure. Here, they present a boy exposed to the media during his early development who was diagnosed with attachment disorder.

By Jonathan Lambert February 25, 2019
A new study has indicated that more time spent outdoors can make children into more resilient adults.

Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods,  founded this organization.  He is currently working with the UN to make nature connection a human right for children.

Education Technology
By Sydney Johnson February 18, 2019
Reading changes our brains. Beyond allowing humans to gather and synthesize new information, research shows it is key to cultivating empathy in individuals, too. 

By Michelle R. Davis April 17, 2018
Most principals support the movement to customize instruction, but remain concerned about the overuse of educational technology.

By Olivia Li March 24, 2019
A prestigious high school in Guangzhou, the capital city of China's Guangdong Province, has aroused controversy by tracking students with "smart wristbands" on and off campus.

By Evie Blad March 14, 2019
New study finds uptick in mental-health incidents only in younger generations.

By Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Lab
This publication summarizes a forthcoming academic review paper on education technology, "Upgrading Education with Technology: Insights from Experimental Research."

Published by Wait Until 8th March 6, 2019
Educational policy-makers, teachers, students, and parents have been made to believe that modern technology is "transforming the way students learn," and "revolutionizing education." Schools issue tablets and laptops instead of textbooks, sold to schools many myths masquerading as facts.

By Rina Raphael March 22, 2019
Do we need government intervention to rein in kids' tech addiction?

By Allison Jones March 12, 2019
Policy would prohibit cellphone use during instructional time starting in 2019-20.

By Richard Zussman and Kylie Stanton March 12, 2019
Students in B.C. classrooms are going to be able to keep their phones nearby. Education Minister Rob Fleming says the province has no plan on following Ontario's province wide ban.

Social Media, Internet & Mobile Technology

Newly leaked e-mails outline Facebook's attempt to convince then Industry Minister Christian Paradis to exempt a proposed data centre from Canadian privacy laws.

The Lancet February 16, 2019 doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)30358-7
The death by suicide in 2017 of a 14-year-old British girl has in the past month led to a highly charged debate about social media's negative effects on children's and young people's mental health.

YouTube is failing miserably when it comes to protecting kids.

By Dell Cameron March 12 , 2019
This new children's privacy and advertising bill introduced in the US Senate, not only does it ban targeted marketing to kids under 13, but, as CCFC's Josh Golin noted, it gives children the chance to develop a healthy relationship with media.

Tribune Media Wire February 25, 2019
Most parents feel pretty safe letting their children watch YouTube Kids, the child-friendly version of the video platform.  But disturbing videos recently found by some moms show the social media site may not be safe for kids at all.

By Taylor Lorenz 
How a writing tool became the new default way to pass notes in class.
How psychology is being used as a weapon against children.

Stories from expert about the impact of digital life. 

Video Games & Pornography

Tribune Media Wire March 7, 2018
The 11-year-old is now facing charges of attempted murder in juvenile court. 

By Frannie Ucciferri Common Sense Media February 20, 2019
Did your kids make the sudden switch from "Fortnite" to this new battle royale romp? Here's everything you need to know about the popular video game. 

FaceBook Video by Quirky Momma March 2019
Tween or teen in desperate need of a digital detox? Coach  Madlin  is talking to Julie Doan and Christie Walsh, creators of a new summer camp, "Camp Unplugged. 

Child & Youth Addictions

By Zbigniew Formella and Marco Nicoli 2014
This article addresses the subject of Internet Addiction in Germany and introduces a review of various studies carried out in Germany, with the aim of measuring the dimension of the phenomenon.

Press Release March 2019
Reset Summer Camp, one of the only summer camp programs specifically designed for adolescents struggling with gaming and screen addiction, today announced the opening of their application portal for summer 2019.

Wireless Radiation

By Katie Singer March 4, 2019
Our Web of Inconvenient Truths.

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.

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.
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.

Zone'in Training

Innovative team-based approach to manage balance between activities children need to grow and succeed with technology use.

Cris Rowan is now offering private phone/Skype consultations. 

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