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By Cris Rowan, Dr. Lennart Hardell, Tarmo Koppel, Sveinn Kjartansson & Stella Sæmundsdóttir

The past decade was marked by rising use of mobile technology by children in homes and schools, with stu dies showing concurrent decline in    child physical  and    mental health . One in three children enter school  developmentally vulnerable ,  one in four are    obese or overweight  one in seven have a    diagnosed mental illness , and one in ten are    addicted to technology . As problematic behaviors escalate and classroom management becomes increasingly difficult, schools continue to increase unmanaged student technology use. Safety standards for children in schools regarding screen time and wireless radiation either do not exist, or do not concur with  current scientific evidence . There are no studies which demonstrate wireless radiation endemic in mobile technology is  safe  for humans, with mounting research    now indicating harm . Cancer incidence in teens has risen    25% over the past 38 years . The rapidity of child development poses increased risks for children, indicating immediate measures be taken in school environments to protect children. This  Safe Schools Policy  will serve as an education industry benchmark standard in ensuring productive and sustainable futures for all children.
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Relevant News

By Amanda Ferguson February 16, 2017

A Toronto east-end middle school is making the call to ban cellphones from all of its classrooms and hallways after parents and teachers reported distractions were at an all-time high.

Cris in the News
By Fabrizio De Angelis March 20, 2017

Cris Rowans "Ten reasons why handheld devices should be banned for children under the age of 12" is featured on The Technical School an Italian on line publication for schools.

New Books
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
By Adam Alter

By reverse engineering behavioral addiction, Alter explains how we can harness addictive products for the good-to improve how we communicate with each other, spend and save our money, and set boundaries between work and play-and how we can mitigate their most damaging effects on our well-being, and the health and happiness of our children.

Order the book at Amazon  here .

Foundation Series Workshop Schedule
April 5, 2017 - Gibsons, BC
Parent workshop sponsored by Gibsons Public Library in conjunction with Screenagers viewing.
Contact person:  Heather Evans-Cullen 

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

The New America PreK-12 Education team provides an overview of Donald Trump's budget blueprint and its possible effects on America's students.

By Victoria Dunckley March 3, 2017
We're all familiar with mental health issues or symptoms. But what does a mental healthy brain look like? And how do we get there?

Social Media, Internet & Mobile Technology

By Dr. Andrew & Julie Doan March 15, 2017
For more information about how digital media (video games, social media, porn, etc...) act on brain and body like pharmaceutical drugs.

By Brian A. Primack, MD, PhD, Ariel Shensa, MA, Jaime E. Sidani, PhD, MPH, et al January 2017
This study assessed associations between social media use (SMU) and PSI among U.S. young adults. Young adults with high SMU seem to feel more socially isolated than their counterparts with lower SMU.

Japan's National Daily - The Mainichi
 February 17, 2017
"A poster released by the Japan Pediatric Association and Japan Medical Association warning of the dangers of excessive smartphone use. The risks are (clockwise from top left): insufficient sleep, lack of excercise resulting in weaker bones and muscle, worsening vision, loss of communication skills, worsening cognitive function, and declining academic ability."

Employees at a Houston, Texas, daycare sent a strongly worded message to parents, telling them to get off their phones and pay attention to their own children.
Video Games & Pornography

By Thomas E Ricks / Laura Westley March 14, 2017 Foreign Policy 
Porn debate heats up in the military.

Website -
Support, help and advice on quitting gaming.

By Douglas A. Gentile, Craig A. Anderson et al March 25, 2009 doi:  10.1177/0146167209333045
Study into the effects of prosocial games - theoretically, games in which game characters help and support each other in nonviolent ways - which should increase both short-term and long-term prosocial behaviors. 
Child & Youth Addictions
By Claudia Dreifus March 6, 2017
In conversation with Adam Alter who's new book "Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked," warns that many of us - youngsters, teenagers, adults - are addicted to modern digital products..

University of Derby finds smartphone users in study spent average 3.6 hours a day on devices, often causing severe distraction from relationships and 'real life'

Education Technology
By Stu Woo January 30, 2017 Wall Street Journal
" 'Edtech' is attracting investors, but some parents prefer traditional teaching methods"

By The Secret Teacher February 11, 2017 The Guardian (U.S. edition)
Providing wifi on tap to pupils is like handing them the keys to the tuck shop and expecting them not to clear the shelves.

House Bill 866: Requiring the Maryland Department of Health to develop Health and Safety Guidelines for the use of digital devices in public school classrooms.

By Faria Sana, Tina Weston, Nicholas J. Cepeda
This study  found that participants who multitasked on a laptop during a lecture scored lower on a test compared to those who did not multitask.
Wireless Radiation
This website is a great resource for understanding all aspects of Electrosensitivity.
03:07 minute Youtube video posted on February 9, 2017
Charlotte Huffman and Jason Trahan 
February 02, 2017
Since September, teachers and students at Nichols Junior High have reported similar symptoms, including nausea, trouble concentrating and dizziness.
By Tim Wronka February 17, 2017 
Charlotte County, Florida - NBC Channel 2

Strapped for cash, Charlotte County Schools found a new way to raise money by allowing cell phone towers to be built on school property.
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.
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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