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Education Technology - The Learning Paradox

students with computersRecent evidence indicates that electromagnetic radiation emitted from electrical devices such as computers, wireless internet, and cell phones is hazardous to human mental and physical health. As children's bodies undergo rapid rates of development, their risk of harm is great.  Without knowledge or guidelines for long term student safety, elementary schools have invested heavily in use of technology as a primary learning tool. Precautionary steps must now be taken to reduce or even eliminate the use of technologies in school based settings to ensure safe and sustainable environments for young children. This article will detail up to date research regarding the harmful effects of radiation on the developing child, and profile areas of concern facing elementary school staff and administration. A "System of Solutions" will be offered to parents, schools and therapists to optimize child health and academic performance for children.

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Research

Are Mobile Phones and other Wireless Appliances Safe?

Interview with Adamantia Fragopoulou, researcher at the Department of Biology and Biophysics at the University of Athens, Greece on February 22, 2011.
Research suggests a precautionary approach to the use of technologies. Dr. Fragopoulou rearched the cognitive effects of the exposure to radiofrequencies in mice, and found reduced memory after only 2 hours per day for 4 days exposure to a cell phone.

"Whose Second Life Is This?" How Avatar-Based Racial Cues Shape Ethno-Racial Minorities' Perception of Virtual Worlds

Jong-Eun Roselyn Lee, Sung Gwan Park. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. -Not available-, ahead of print. doi:10.1089/cyber.2010.0501.
Ethno-racial minorities, when exposed to avatar-based cues that signal White dominance, may perceive the virtual world as identity threatening, thereby feeling psychologically disconnected and detached from it.

Social Activities, Self-Efficacy, Game Attitudes, and Game Addiction

By Eui Jun Jeong, Doo Hwan Kim for Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. April 2011, 14(4): 213-221
The results show that social self-efficacy in the real world (offline) was negatively related with the degree of game addiction, whereas social self-efficacy in the virtual world (online) indicated a positive association. Social activities with parents are negatively associated with game addiction, although no relationship is found between gaming activities with parents and game addiction.

Use of Social Network Sites and Instant Messaging Does Not Lead to Increased Offline Social Network Size, or to Emotionally Closer Relationships with Offline Network Members

By Thomas V. Pollet, Sam G.B. Roberts, Robin I.M. Dunbar for Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. April 2011, 14(4): 253-258
Time spent using social media was associated with a larger number of online social network "friends." However, time spent using social media was not associated with larger offline networks, or feeling emotionally closer to offline network members.
Cris Rowan in the News

A few tips for reducing screen time 

By Lynne Reside for BC News on April 17, 2011
Increasingly, children are spending more time watching screens and less time in active physical play or interacting with their families and friends. Research has shown that young children are watching an average of 7.5 hours per day of different screens. We are seeing an increase in childhood obesity and diabetes and a decrease in physical fitness.

Cris on Dragons Den!

On April 26, 2011 Cris was in Toronto on the Dragonsā€™ Den taping an episode to air in the fall of 2011. Cris pitched her "System of Solutions" for addressing child technology addictions comprised of products, workshops, training and consultation services.

News

Dr. Stephen Sinatra - Doctors for Safe Schools

Cardiologist speaks on physiological effects of microwave exposure. Electromagnetic and RF devices, and their implications in sleep disruptions, headaches, autonomic dystonia, fight-flight response, hypertension, arrythmia, anxiety, ADHD, hypertension, blood stasis, tinnitus, hearing loss, tumour risk...

Video - Mothers of children affected by wireless fear for the health and safety - Omni

Mothers of children affected by wireless fear for the health and safety of their children speak out about having wireless internet pulled from their children's schools.

Autism checklist spots warning signs in infants

By Alastair Grant for CBC News on April 28, 2011
The signs of autism may be present as early as one year of age, and a simple checklist could help doctors screen for it, researchers say.

Portland footwear brand Keen says 'Recess Is Back'

By Allan Brettman with The Oregonian on April 22, 2011   
People work too much, play too little and gain weight in the process. Footwear brand Keen believes it has a remedy for this dilemma: A healthy dose of recess. The Portland-based footwear brand recently launched a "Recess Is Back" campaign, an initiative the company is counting on lasting not only this spring and summer but for years.

Kindergarten iPads: Should new technologies be used to teach children their ABCs?

By Community Team on April 14, 2011 12:22 PM
Next fall, nearly 300 kindergartners in the City of Auburn in Maine, will receive iPad2 touch-pad tablets to learn the basics about ABCs, 1-2-3s, drawing and even music,
reports the Associated Press

Teacher at Hillsboro's Liberty High inspires unlikely athletes to excel in Liberty Fit running club

By Casey Parks for Oregon Live on April 13, 2011, 12:30 PM
Andrew Brusseau  hated school. During the day, he struggled through classes, often earning Cs and Ds. Brusseau has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and sometimes at school, he said, he "freaked out." After school, he shuffled home alone and spent his nights skateboarding or playing video games. Then he started running.

Books 

Wireless Radiation Rescue - safeguarding your family from the risks of electro-pollution

By Kerry Crofton, PhD, Global WellBeing Books 2011, Mom's Choice Gold Award
Not sleeping well, headaches, dizziness, tingling in the hands, ringing in the ears, electro-sensitivity, low immunity or cardiac symptoms? Wireless Radiation Rescue reveals how these and other conditions can result from exposure to microwave radiation from cell phones, cordless phones, workless internet and other digital devices we use every day. This consumer guide is a wireless wake-up call with solutions. The world's leading experts offer the safer use of technologies in a 4 Strategy Plan to reduce your family's risk.

"Dr. Crofton's ground breaking book is well-researched and informative. I highly recommend it and her science-based risk reduction plan."
Cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra

Links

Radiation Rescue

An international team of experts brought together by health educator Kerry Crofton express concerns about the harmful effects of technology on this digital generation. There is clear evidence that these exposures of microwave radiation can have harmful effects  including: sleep disruption, leakage of the brain's protective blood-brain barrier, cognitive impairment and the new, and troubling, phenomena of digital addiction. Dr. Hans Scheiner, a physician working with Kerry Crofton, cautions that children can become physiologically addicted to electro-magnetic radiation, the same way they can to alcohol or drugs. Website and Kerry Crofton's book Wireless Radiation Rescue focus on the health risks facing this digital generation and pose safer tech solutions.

Citizens for Safe Technology

Citizens for Safe Technology Society (CST) is a not-for-profit educational society made up of Canadian and U.S. parents, grandparents, teachers, business professionals, physicians, scientists, politicians and lawyers concerned about the exponential increase in public exposures to harmful wireless technologies.

Radiation Education

Great website on the effects of wireless radiation put together by an elementary student!
Wireless machines are dangerous for kids because the radiation makes our cells shut down - so they can't breathe properly and they can't get rid of toxins. Then our DNA in our cells gets damaged and our cells don't work properly. After years of this harmful microwave radiation you can get leukemia or cancer. But, before you get cancer, look at these immediate results of WiFi radiation. Have you noticed that your friends have gone home early because of headaches, nausea, nosebleeds etc?

Education.com

Looking for kids activities to show your child the fun side of learning? From science experiments and math games to writing projects and more, we've got you covered!

The Tessy and Tab TV Turn Off Kit

Parent guide to managing preschool screen time.

Balanced Technology Management Foundation Teams - Join Now!

Child now use 7.5 hours per day of technology, at great cost to their health and academic performance. One third of children enter school developmentally delayed, and one in four children are obese. Child aggression is causing significant behaviour challenges in schools and homes, as evidenced by soaring rates of child behaviour diagnosis and use of psychotropic medications. Sleep deprived, isolated and illiterate, the ways in which we raise and educate new millennium children are threatening their very sustainability.

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

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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