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Ten red flags that indicate your child is using too much technology
Includes ten Tech Tips for improved family connection, health and wellness 

When working with children with problematic behaviours, at times it's difficult to determine what is causing the issue, and often it's never one thing! This article is designed to help parents, teachers and health professionals understand which child issues might be associated with technology overuse, and offers helpful suggestions to get kids back on a more healthy track.

Where is Cris?

Cris Rowan had a wonderful opportunity to network with Dr. Huu Kim Le, child psychiatrist who specializes in video game addictions from Australia

"Cris is an extraordinary person doing some fantastic work here in Canada with Zonein.  I had my best IGD work related meeting EVER (and I've met many experts from all over Asia) exchanging ideas and experiences whilst cycling around Stanley Park on a beautiful sunny day."

Click to see Kim's TED Talk " The spell of digital immersion"
New Books
The Cyber Effect: A Pioneering Cyberpsychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online By Mary Aiken

In this, her first book, Aiken has created a starting point for all future conversations about how the Internet is shaping development and behavior, societal norms and values, children, safety, security, and our perception of the world. .

Order the book on Amazon here .

Published August 23, 2016

Navigating The Cyberworld With Your Child
By Ong Say How and Tan Yi Ren

New paperback book about the different types of internet-related addictions that a child or teenager may face, such as pornography, social networking, gaming and online shopping. 

Order the book on Amazon  here .

Publication Date: November 7, 2016

Foundation Series Workshop Schedule

October 20, 2016 - Vancouver, BC
Workshop for teachers and parents on the impact of technology on children sponsored by Vancouver Waldorf School.
Contact person: Jennifer Breckon, 604-985-7435 loc. 202

October 31 - November 11, 2016 - Online University Course
Course on impact of technology on children  for doctoral OT students sponsored by Pacific University, Portland, Oregon; co-instructor Dr. Chantelle Bernier .
Contact person:  Sandra Pelham Foster,  503-352-7351

November 5, 2016 - Maple Ridge, BC
Workshop for early intervention staff on attachment and addictions sponsored by Maple Ridge Child Care Resource Centre.
Contract person: JoAnne White, 604-467-2273
November 14, 2016 - Windsor Ontario
Workshop for therapists on impact of technology on children for Digital Dependency Awareness: Free to Play conference sponsored by Problem Gambling Services, Hotel-Dieu Grace Healthcare .
Contact person: Shawn Rumble, 519-257-5111 Ext 76984.

November 16, 17, 2016 - Edmonton Alberta
Keynote and workshop for child care workers on impact of technology on children for Health and Wellness Summit sponsored by Alberta Parenting for the Future .
Contact person: Kathryn Wey,  780-963-0549.

Research and News Review

Childhood Development

By Institute of Digital Media and Child Development
Program is intended to support cutting-edge interdisciplinary scientific research projects that seek to advance our knowledge and understanding of digital media and child development from birth through age 18 - deadline for the required Letter of Intent is October 30, 2016.

Practical Strategies to Empower Your Children so They Can Make Healthy Choices, Become Confident Leaders and Succeed in School and in Life.
Social Media & Mobile Technology

By Monica Anderson & Andrew Perrin, Sep 7, 2016
The latest Pew Research Center analysis also shows that internet non-adoption is correlated to a number of demographic variables.

By Families Managing Media September 6, 2016
Sam, a high school senior, explain why he doesn't feel the need to have social media.

By CBC News September 2, 2015
Mobile devices can be a distraction in the classroom, but some educators say that if used properly, they can boost students' engagement levels.

By Justin Li CBC News September 6, 2016
With millions of Canadian kids back in school, raises the questions of what age is too young to have a phone and how owning one helps or harms kids.

Interview with Victoria Dunckley by Andrea Zacharias Sep  28, 2016 on: Teens,  Screens, & Brain Drain. The impact of screen time on focus, motivation, and developmental potential.

Technology Balance

By Andrew Sullivan September 18, 2016
An endless bombardment of news and gossip and images has rendered us manic information addicts. It broke me. It might break you, too. 

Families Managing Media in REAL SIMPLE September Issue
Six page article entitled Parenting Against the Internet.

By Simon Canning August 24, 2016
The Mars brand will give away 3,500 Pepper Hacker (click to see Youtube video) grinders but the impact of the device will not be as far reaching as the original concept and will be able to shut down wi-fi devices but not TVs.

Video Games & Pornography
By  Families Managing Media September 2, 2016
Adam speaks with Families Managing Media about how he started his gaming habit in middle school and about leaving college after his first year due to gaming isolation.
By S. Kuhn, J Galllinet, International Review of Neurobiology, 2016.
Review of the evidence seems to imply that alterations in the frontal lobe, amygdala, hippocampus, hypothalamus, septum, and brain regions that process reward play a prominent role in the emergence of hypersexuality.

Review considers evidence that Internet pornography's unique properties (limitless novelty, potential for easy escalation to more extreme material, video format, etc.) may be potent enough to condition sexual arousal.

Technology Addictions & Psychotropic Meds
McMaster University study of 254 freshman students showed 55% met criteria for Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD) or Problematic Internet Use (PIU). Further investigation revealed students with IAD or PIU, showed higher incidence of mental illness including depression, anxiety, impulsivity, and inattention, as well as poor planning and time management skills.

Review and proposed "internet use disorder" model by top addiction neuroscientists.

By Nicholas Kardaras August 27, 2016
We now know that those iPads, smartphones and Xboxes are a form of digital drug.

TED Talks video by Julie Lythcott-Haims published Sep 2016
By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives ... parents aren't actually helping.

By Erik Peper Sep 18, 2016
Article describes how different breathing styles affect anxiety and math problem solving and offers pragmatic suggestions to optimize study habits.

WifiWifi in Schools Update

Wi-Fi In Schools and Libraries

By Ronald M. Powell, Ph.D. August 26, 2016
Letter to All Superintendents and Chief Executive Officers Of the Public Schools In

By Joe Imbriano California - The Fullerton Informer August 27, 2016
11:13 minute video

By Parents Across America August 24, 2016
Pure Parents

By Ashley Bateman The Heartland Institute August 22, 2016

By Jack O'Dwyer August 17, 2016
"Georgia teacher Stephanie Dickerson has told how she became afflicted with electrosensitivity..."

By Robbie Bryson UK - Clacton Gazette August 10, 2016

By Erin McKinley Long Island, NY - The Southampton Press, August 9, 2016

Safe Tech For Schools August 7, 2016

By Dr. Nicholas Kardaras New York Post August 7, 2016

By Susan Carter, Kyle Greenberg and Michael Walker Massachusetts Institute of Technology May 2016
"Average final exam scores among students assigned to classrooms that allowed
computers were 18 percent of a standard deviation lower than exam scores of students
in classrooms that prohibited computers."

Medical / Scientific Advocacy

By Camilla Rees, MBA and Magda Havas, Ph.D. Electromagnetic Health August 22, 2016
Downloadable PDF Handout

Environmental Health Trust August 22, 2016
50:03 minute video

By John Bonazzo Observer Business & Tech August 3, 2016
"Dr. Nicholas Kardaras argues that juvenile tech addiction is a public health crisis"

By Chloe Pfeiffer Business Insider UK July 22, 2016

By Delaney Ruston, MD Screenagers | Growing Up In The Digital Age July 13, 2016

Environmental Health Trust 2016

By Catherine Steiner-Adair July 11, 2015
19:10 minute video

Legal / Legislation

Canada - C4ST (Citizens for Safe Technology) Summer 2016
"Your Children Need Your Help! This summer, Moms across Canada are voicing their
concerns to Health Minister Jane Philpott and their Members of Parliament."

By John Hendel Communications Daily July 18, 2016

Articles / Various

By Kaveh Waddell The Atlantic August 24, 2016

ElectricSense August 2, 2016
05:00 music video

By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore Fox News Tech August 28, 2015

Acknowledgement - The above links where first published in the NACST Newsletter August 2016.

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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.
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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.

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