By Cris Rowan

Children are overusing screens 4-5 times what Doctors recommend. Three out of four children are sleep deprived, adversely affecting their health, mood, and school performance. Time spent sedentary and indoors, prevents engagement in critical factors for growth and success. Playing outside in nature builds physical, social, emotional and cognitive skills, ensuring optimal development, behavior, and learning. Why not unplug your family this summer, and make a commitment to building bodies and brains for success! If unplugging your family is too much for you, follow below expert guidelines for screens, sleep and play.

Cris in the News

Experts agree video game addiction a growing problem, but long-term effects unclear
Article by Cris, published in the Telegraph Herald June 3, 2018. 

" Video games  are enjoyable. But I can't do this all the time and neglect other aspects of my life."

Children's Screen Time Action Network Conference - April 2018

Click here to see interactive schedule, with links to all speaker slides and handouts.

Screen Time for Kids Infographic

Friend or Foe? The Ultimate Screen Time Guide For Kids
By Jenny Silverstone, editor at Moms Love Best published on-line June 12, 2018. 

Is your kid addicted to the screen, whether it's the tablet, computer, or a gaming console? Are you wondering how much you should be limiting their time in front of electronics and if they're getting anything out of it?

If you're wondering about it, you should pat yourself on the back. That means you're a concerned, involved parent.

Let's look at the pros and cons of screen time, as well as some statistics and recommendations.

Click to see full article. 

Foundation Series Workshop Schedule

October 15-18, 2018 - Long Island, New York
Digital Media and Developing Minds - second national congress and Exposition by  Children AND Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development and Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory.

November 15 and 17, 2018 - Maple Ridge, BC
Workshops for early childhood educators and health professionals on impact of technology on children sponsored by Ridge Meadows Early Child Development Committee.
Contact person: Roberta O'Brien, 604-467-6055,

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,

Other Workshops

Families Managing Media 2018
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.

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Research and News Review
Social Media, Internet & Mobile Technology

By Alyssa Newcomb June 4, 2018
Apple's next software update for the iPhone, which will be released this fall, includes a suite of tools that try to make the iPhone less addictive without sacrificing any of its functionality.

By Screenagers/Tech Talk Tuesday May 9, 2018
As this school year winds down, we are hearing from teachers, parents and principals from all over the country about how many have already or are in the process of changing their school's cell phone policies.

By Wan Har Ching, Stefanie Chye, Vivien S. Huan, Rebecca P. Ang Published in Computers in Human Behavior September 2014
A total of 1437 8th and 9th graders participated in a survey questionnaire. The results showed that adolescents who perceived higher regulatory competence were more likely to use the Internet to deal with the negative consequences of Internet use in appropriate ways. 

Video Games & Pornography

By Nick Paumgarten May 21,2018
Fortnite, for anyone not a teen-ager or a parent or educator of teens, is the third-person shooter game that has taken over the hearts and minds-and the time, both discretionary and otherwise-of adolescent and collegiate America.

By Melanie Hempe May 25, 2018
How to take control of the latest gaming drug before it goes to far.

By Christopher Carbone, Paulina Dedaj May 27, 2018
"Active Shooter," a video game that allows players to simulate a school shooting, prompted outrage in the wake of multiple mass shootings at American schools.

Published by Sandy Hook Promise June 2018
Please, sign petition to demand that Revived Games not release the "Active Shooter" video game and tell them that school shootings are not a game.

By Francesca Marshall May 15, 2018
The 21-year-old who was known to spend hours playing Assassin's Creed and FIFA was found to have killed himself by a coroner's inques.

He won't do chores, he won't move his car, and now-after his parents gave him five written notices-he's being evicted. How much do you want to bet this guy is a gamer?

By David L. King, Dean Kaptsis, Paul H. Delfabbro, Michael Gradisar Published in Computers in Human Behavior September 2016
Participants completed a series of seven online surveys containing open-ended questions before, during, and after abstaining from Massively Multiplayer Online games. The results revealed several key themes, providing new insights to guide clinical conceptualization and interventions for problematic patterns of Internet gaming behavior.

Child & Youth Addictions
By The Associated Press June 18, 2018
The World Health Organization says compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a mental health condition, specifically an addictive behaviour disorder.

By David Dunbar, Muichael Poeve, Rachel Roberts Published in Computers in Human Behavior May 2017
This study may inform clinical interventions by suggesting that individuals experiencing issues with problematic Internet usage would benefit from framing self-regulatory dilemmas in a competing format.

By C.M. Lai, K.K. Mak, H.Watanabe et al. Published in Public Health September 2015
Depression and social anxiety reciprocally influenced, whereas depression associated with poorer psychosocial well-being directly and indirectly through Internet addiction in all six countries. Internet addiction mediated the association between social anxiety and poor psychosocial well-being in China, Hong Kong, and Malaysia.

Wireless Radiation

In the 2017-18 legislative session, Massachusetts initially introduced eight bills to address wireless radiation and public health.  Five of the seven bills are progressing: two were reported out of committee favorably, and two were granted an extension for the committee to examine the issue further, which resulted in another bill being introduced. 

The new bill is Resolve S. 2431 to form a commission to bring scientists, doctors, industry and key public servants to the table to address EMFs. Click here for a template to download and send in a statement of support.

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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