By Cris Rowan

As the debate rages about the use of cell phones, tablets and computers in schools, one unaddressed question is "Are the teachers that are pushing more and more technology on students, themselves addicted to screens"? To what extent do teacher's desire to use technology influence their decisions regarding screen use with students? This article intends to highlight what is really going on behind the closed doors of classrooms and poses common sense solutions toward improving education and learning for all students.
Frequently I hear 'tech-centric' teachers and principals chastise 'traditional' teachers who choose not to use screen-based teaching. The tech-centric teachers cite that traditional teachers are being old-fashioned, non-progressive, or just plain scared of technology. What tech-centric teachers fail to realize is that their colleagues are following tried and true, evidenced-based methods of instructing their students designed to achieve literacy and academic success. Traditional teachers are continuing to teach, and their students are continuing to learn, whereas in the tech-centric classroom, teaching and learning have stopped dead in their tracks. Without any evidence that technology does anything more than entertain students, whole districts have moved to essentially replace teachers and books with devices. Unsupervised and largely unrestricted, students are spending inordinate amounts of time playing videogames, watching porn and movies, and using social media (including cyberbullying) when they could have been learning. While students actively oppose using screens for teaching and learning, with one study showing 92% of students preferring books, paper, and pen, no one appears to be listening. Against all common sense, parent protests, and student refusals, schools march forward with escalating technology use, apparently blind to the catastrophic damage they are wreaking on students across the globe.  

5G Space Appeal launched - signatures needed

An  International Appeal to Stop 5G on Earth and in Space has been launched . The Appeal, together with the list of signatories, will be formally presented to the United Nations, World Health Organization, European Union, and world governments on or before December 1, 2018.

If you are a scientist, doctor, health professional, building biologist, or other professional or consultant, or if you represent an environmental organization, please sign the Appeal.

With your help, stopping 5G is possible.
Information about signing the Appeal can be found here.  

Foundation Series Workshop Schedule

October 15-18, 2018 - Long Island, New York
Co-presentation with Dr. Hilarie Cash, Director of reSTART Internet Addiction titled " Disrupting the Trajectory - Child screen overuse initiatives could alter the course of youth screen addiction; stories from the field" at the  Digital Media and Developing Minds  - second National Congress and Exposition sponsored by  Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development  and Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory.
Contact person: Dr. Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra,

November 3 and 4, 2018 - Lahore, Pakistan
Presentation and panel discussions on the impact of technology on child development at the annual  School of Tomorrow  conference titled "A World of Tomorrow Reimagined" sponsored by the Beaconhouse School System.
Contact person:  Dr. Lawrence Burke,

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.

Children's Screen Time Action Network

Children's Screen Time Action Network Webinars

Children's Screen Time Action Network have a number of upcoming webinars:

Technology and Young Children with Nancy Carlsson-Paige
Monday, November 5, 2018
7:30 PM EST

Every presentation will be recorded and available on the Action Network website after the event. 

Real Talk on Technology

Real Talk on Technology
Guiding your Kids to Make Good Digital Decisions

By Dr Charles Fay

How much screen time is too much? Is sexting ok? Can the internet be dangerous?

While the basics of parenting remain the same, issues involving technology have left many parents wondering what limits are appropriate, how to hold their children accountable for misuse of technology, and how to help kids learn the decision-making skills required to make healthy technology choices when they leave home.

Dr Charles Fay provides tips tips on parenting and technology in his audio guide.

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Research and News Review
Childhood Development

YouTube Video published July 30, 2017
In this 1 hour 40 minute video talks about attachment, bullying and the degradation of parent-child relationships in the digital age.

By Jamie Ducharme August 20, 2018
Social media and using other forms of digital media continues to increase.

By Nicholas Tampio August 
By Amina Zafar CBC News 

Social Media, Internet & Mobile Technology

YouTube video By Families Managing Media  August 1, 2018
Are you worried that if you limit your child's screen use now that they will binge in college? Get the facts about the forbidden fruit myth and what you can do now to prevent the feared 'binging".

Another big myth out there around screens and kids and that's the myth that by limiting screens, you are sheltering your kids. Listen now to find out why that's only just a myth!

By Kathleen Harris  August 29, 2018
Canada and its "Five Eyes" intelligence allies are calling on the digital online industry to take urgent action to stop child pornographers, terrorists and violent extremists from finding a platform on the internet.

By Kate Connolly August 15, 2018
Lifeguards warn parents to put phones away, after more than 300 people drowned this year.

By Casey Schwartz August 14, 2018
The rise of the new "attention economy."

Sent August 8, 2018
Letter  to the American Psychological Association (APA) to call attention to the unethical practice of psychologists using hidden manipulation techniques to hook children on social media and video games.

The first ever product that combines an app to manage your kids' screen time with a physical home and charging station that stores their devices.
By Manohla Dargis July 11, 2018
A hyper-connected voyeur, Kayla, an eighth grader, seems hooked on other people's experiences and emotions, suggesting that they, unlike her, are living their best lives and having the coolest, most awesome time. This movie shows the influence of social media on modern teenagers' lives.
By Elena Pasquinelli on September 11, 2018
Some say our gadgets and computers can help improve intelligence. Others say they make us stupid and violent. Which is it?

By Renee Engeln September 4, 2018
For young women, posting selfies decreases confidence and increases anxiety.

Video Games & Pornography

By Raymond Zhong August 31, 2018
New controls on online games were among Chinese authorities' recommendations for reducing adolescent nearsightedness, sending shares in the country's leading game publisher, Tencent, tumbling the next day.

By Owen S. Good, Julia Alexander, and Samit Sarkar on August 27, 2018
Mass shooting involving gamer who loses match. 

By Gail Dines & David L Levy August 23, 2018
A federal appeals court judge just made it a lot easier for the pornography industry to abuse and exploit children for profit.

By David M. Ewalt July 11, 2018 
Naughty America, one of the world's most prolific producers of VR content, is at the forefront of a lucrative niche driving adoption of the technology.

ABC 7 August 2, 2018
Usually its parents who are trying to get their kids to put the controls down and stop playing the video game FortniteHowever, some parents are hiring tutors to help their kids win in the battle-to-the-death video game.
Child & Youth Addictions

This article addresses the negative impacts of personal technology addiction on Navy readiness, it has far broader implications for all of us.  In short, it is not clear that we have a firm understanding on what the increasing levels of personal technology utilization are doing to us (smart phones, social media, video games, internet surfing, etc.), especially to the younger generations.

The World Health Organization has made  "internet gaming"  a diagnosable disorder. But many experts aren't even sure it exists.

"Compulsive Sexual Behaviour" has been classified by World Health Organization as Mental Health Disorder.

Inside a spacious home in the suburbs of Seattle, a group of young men are going through a technology detox.

By Srishti Dasgupta August 31, 2018
The key is to monitor the child's social media usage by their parents who should keep a tab on what they are watching. 

Wireless Radiation

An Electronic Silent Spring - July 2018 Newsletter
By Katie Singer October 22, 2017
Statement for the United Nations' July, 2018 High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

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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