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When did we decide that kids shouldn't move?
School initiatives to enhance child development, behavior and learning.

Grab a device and you sit. Put it down and you get up and move around. Devices are increasingly being used as a socially acceptable form of child restraint in both home and school settings. Stopping a child from moving by handing them a device may prove convenient for the adult, but only in the short term. Children's bodies and brains are designed to require movement in order to develop and grow. The long term consequences of early sedentary lifestyles are catastrophic, as evidenced now by epidemic levels of child obesity, sleep deprivation, and mental illness. With children moving less and less at home, the pressure is now on schools to provide more opportunities for classroom, gym and playground movement. This article provides background information on the benefits of movement for child growth and success, and offers schools a variety of tools and strategies to ensure sustainable futures for all children. Give kids the edge they need to succeed. Let them move. 

Cris Rowan on two panels of educational experts

For more details visit the  Digital Dependency Awareness Conference webpage.

On November 26, Cris Rowan is participating as one of the Panel of Education Experts, for the Q&A and break out sessions: Curricular Conversations - A Forum for Educational Collaboration, sponsored by Vancouver Island Montessori Association, Maria Montessori Academy, Victoria.

Click to see event details:  Curricular Conversations

Cris in the News

By Jacob Roberts, Coast Reporter October 6, 2016
Interview with Cris after her Sept. 23 talk about children and technology, titled Disconnect to Reconnect.

New Books
Internet Addiction: Kicking The Habit: 30 Day Plan To Take Back Your Life
By Nathan Driskell

In this book, you will learn more about who you are, what you gain from using the Internet, and how to balance your time online. Unlike drug and alcohol addiction, you cannot abstain from the Internet. You will learn practical skills to help you manage your time online and learn to use the Internet in a healthy way .

Order the book on Amazon here .

Published September 29, 2016

Foundation Series Workshop Schedule

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 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 26, 2016 - Victoria, BC
Cris Rowan is participating as one of the Panel of Education Experts, for the Q&A and break out sessions: Curricular Conversations - A Forum for Educational Collaboration, sponsored by Vancouver Island Montessori Association, Maria Montessori Academy, Victoria.
Research and News Review

Childhood Development

By Council on Communications and Media, American Academy of Pediatrics October 2016
The American Academy of Pediatrics have released a policy statement that reviews the existing literature on television, videos, and mobile/interactive technologies; their potential for educational benefit; and related health concerns for young children (0 to 5 years of age).

By Andrew J Atkin, Kirsten Corder and Esther M F van Sluijs Published online 2013 Dec 17. doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-10-137
The bedroom media environment changes with age and exhibits a complex relationship with children's sedentary behaviour. Modifying children's bedroom media environment may impact upon screen-time but appears unlikely to influence overall sedentary time.

By Ben Carter, Philippa Rees, Lauren Hale, Darsharna Bhattacharjee and Mandar S. Paradkar Published online October 31, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.2341
Bedtime access to and use of a media device were significantly associated with the following: inadequate sleep quantity, poor sleep quality, and excessive daytime sleepiness.
Social Media & Mobile Technology

By Pattie Neighmond, Apr 24, 2014
It's not just kids who are overdoing screen time. Parents are often just as guilty of spending too much time checking smartphones and e-mail - and the consequences for their children can be troubling.

By National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children
Sextortion - see how a teen was blackmailed into sending more and more explicit images and video to someone online who she thought she knew.

By Rebecca Ruiz September 24, 2016
The internet can be a thrilling place, full of opportunities to discover something - or someone - new.

Video Games & Pornography
By Paul Tassi October 9, 2016
When video games become more realistic in the worlds they build, and more immersive in the experiences they provide, when exactly does "virtual morality" start to reflect anything about you, as a person?.
By Victoria Dunckley September 23, 2016.
Playing video games presents an "evolutionary mismatch": a fight-or-flight response unaccompanied by a physical discharge of energy. So guess where all the energy goes?

Technology Addictions & Psychotropic Meds
4:04 minute Video
Promotional video for Families Managing Media.

By Ryan Pickrell September 23, 2016
Sixteen-year-old Chen Xinran from Heilongjiang, China was sent to an internet addiction facility in Shandong February 26. She returned home four months later. Chen then killed her mother September 16.

By Bianna Golodryga Yahoo News Now October 7, 2016
Interview with Dr. Nicholas Kardaras on screen addiction.

Learn what goes on at the reSTART Center for Technology Sustainability.

By Liam Davenport September 20, 2016
Excessive Internet use, particularly excessive use of video streaming, social networking, and instant messaging, may be associated with severe mental health problems in younger people, results of a Canadian survey indicate.

By Melvin Wu Chuang Wei, Huu Kim Le, Brenda Gomez, Puay Kee Koh and Song Guo Published on line October 31, 2016 DOI: 10.1177/0004867416676368
A recent study of internet addiction in six Asian countries over a 2.5-year period, reported highest prevalence rates in Singaporean adolescents. These statistics highlight the need for schools, treatment clinics and community groups in all Asian countries to provide intervention for these adolescents.

By Maria Szalavitz September 29, 2016
Three of the four personality traits identified by Preventure are linked to mental health issues, a critical risk factor for addiction.

By Robert Weiss September 7, 2016
A strong belief exists among addiction treatment specialists that the primary reason addicts remain addicted is less about pleasure-seeking and more about their need to escape and dissociate from the pain of his or her (often trauma-based) emotional isolation.

By Teresa Belton Sep 26, 2016
Researchers say boredom provides an inner quiet that helps children with self-awareness.

By Ellen Toronto September 2016
If authentic connection is absolutely essential in the universal battle against narcissism, how do we get that from a computer? My concern is that we don't! That is, we don't get feedback that tells us we have hurt someone's feelings.

Teenagers who are challenged with mental health, behavioral issues and/or substance abuse can benefit from attendance in one of our member programs.

By M. E. Villalobos, S. Semcho, D. Schuler and S. Lewis, (1)TEACCH Autism Program University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC, Asheville, NC, (2)Psychiatry, TEACCH UNC Chapel Hill Autism Program, Asheville, NC, (3)CReATE: Center for Research, Assessment, and Treatment Efficacy, Asheville, NC May 13, 2016
The results indicate that in the study, the participant evidenced significant improvements in functioning broadly- including psychological symptomatology, social skills, prosocial behavior, peer relatedness- from baseline to post-treatment. 
WifiWifi in Schools Update

Wi-Fi In Schools and Libraries

John Monfredo
October 23, 2016
Article on one on the most interesting meetings of the Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports in Worchester, MA.

Ayesha Rascoe
October 11, 2016
Wireless carrier Sprint Corp pledged to provide 1 million U.S.  high school  students with free mobile devices and internet access as part of a White House initiative to expand opportunities for lower income kids.

Cell Phone Towers and Schools

Kevork Kurdoghlian
San Marino Tribune October 17
, 2016
Verizon is preparing to remove its Huntington Middle School wireless telecommunications facility, or cell tower, in the near future.

Medical / Scientific Advocacy

Charles Czeisler, PhD, MD & Theresa Shanahan, MD 
Journal of the American Medical Association - Pediatrics October 31,

C hildren today have unprecedented access to technology and media, the use of which is no longer limited to waking hours now that mobile devices have invaded the bedroom. 

Roxana Marachi, Ph.D October
25, 2016
New guidelines.

By Amanda Butt Eugene, OR - NBC KMTR
October 16, 2016

For years, people have wondered if too much time spent on cell phones could be dangerous to our health. 

UK - The Richie Allen Show October 13, 2016
52:08 minute audio

By Conan Miller Epoch Times October 7, 2016
"I think children are going to succumb to this in larger numbers, and we're going to see a higher incidence among children of things like brain cancer. It's not high yet, but I think it's going to get much higher." Martin Blank, Ph.D.

By Mary Aiken Irish Times October 7, 2016
"Cyber psychologists fear our technology habits will stunt our children's development"

By Dr. Toril Jelter November 24, 2015
20 min video

Scientific Research

By Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation October 26, 2016
"In the US, a study has shown that the number of cases of radiation-sensitive papillary thyroid cancer increased between 2002 and 2012 by 174%. The increase is also observed among the larger tumors (over 4 cm). Recent statistics show that between 2009 and 2014 only, the number of new patients with thyroid cancer in the United States increased from 37,000 to 63,000."

By Andrew Marino, Paul Kim & Clifton Frilot II Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine July 15, 2016
"Radiation standards for cellphones based on a thermal/nonthermal binary distinction do not prevent neurophysiological consequences of cellphone radiation."

Articles / Various

By Christopher Mims The Wall Street Journal October 23, 2016
Latest guidelines recommend just one hour of screen time a day of 'high quality programming'

By Nick Bieber UK - North Hampton's Herald & Post October 4, 2016
A 17-year-old girl has thanked an  optician  in Northampton who saved her life after spotting signs of a brain tumour during a regular eye check up.

By Ben Barker Wales - Caerphilly Observer September 29, 2016
A teenager has thanked his local branch of Specsavers after an eye test led to the diagnosis of a potentially life-threatening brain tumour.
A teenager discovered he had a deadly brain tumour after a routine eye test - despite his mother blaming his headaches on his games console.

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

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Virtual Child - The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children

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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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