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Risk vs. Benefit - Technology use by young children

Anna reading I just heard yet another well meaning parent utter those infamous words to validate technology use by their young child..."But they like it"! Other phrases I've heard are "Well...everyone's doing it, so it must be okay", or "It's just fascinating the way he can move Apps around on the screen at only 2 years of age"! I remember being fascinated when my kids knew their colors, or could point to animals and imitate sounds. Young children are amazing period. The fact that they can operate a touch screen is really no more fascinating than early reading, parents just think so because technology is so new and seemingly complex to operate. While there is no doubt that technology has an undeniable allure, an attraction that is difficult even for many of us adults to ignore, how much is too much, and when do we as adults step in and limit use?

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No Crossed Wires: Cell Phone Communication in Parent-Adolescent Relationships

By Robert S. Weisskirch for Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking on June 27, 2011
Parents reported greater communication and closeness when adolescents initiated calls seeking social support. Adolescents reported greater conflict when parents called for monitoring activity, for tracking schoolwork, and when upset. Calls to ask and confer by adolescents and to track school work positively related, but parental calls when upset negatively related to parental self-esteem. Adolescent self-esteem is predicted by calls seeking support and negatively associated with parents calling when upset.

Prevalence of Internet Addiction in Latino Adolescents with Psychiatric Diagnosis

By Katia A. Liberatore for Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking on June 23, 2011
Mood disorders showed a statistically significant  (p=0.044) correlation with a higher score on the IAT. Mental health care practitioners must consider questions on Internet use as an essential part of the patients' evaluation given its significant correlation with diagnosis of a mood disorder.

"Remain Calm. Be Kind." Effects of Relaxing Video Games on Aggressive and Prosocial Behavior

By Jodi Whitaker and Brad J. Bushman for Social, Psychological and Personality Science on May 23, 2011
Research shows that violent video games increase aggressive behavior and decrease prosocial behavior, but could relaxing video games have the opposite effects? Compared to those who played violent or neutral video games, those who played relaxing video games were less aggressive and more helpful.

Are Cyberbullies Less Empathic? Adolescents' Cyberbullying Behavior and Empathic Responsiveness

By George Steffgen et al for Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking on May 9, 2011
Cyberbullies demonstrated less empathic responsiveness than non-cyberbullies, and were also more afraid of becoming victims of cyberbullying. The findings confirm and substantially extend the research on the relationship between empathy and aggressive behavior. From an educational point of view, the present findings suggest that training of empathy skills might be an important tool to decrease cyberbullying.

Sensory Integration Disorder: The Condition Many Parents have Never Heard Of

33 KDAF-TV profiles a grade one boy with Sensory Integration Disorder.

Two families go one week without cell phones

CBC documentary follows two families as they go through the "unplug" process.

Teens need to drop Facebook and get moving - Exercise is key to fighting the flab for young people

By Ian Austin for the Province on June 21, 2011
A group of teens part of a discussion forum Monday with Children and Family Minister Mary McNeil and Provincial Health Officer Perry Kendall. "If we don't make changes, this generation may be the first to have a shorter lifespan than their parents," said McNeil, saying teens must adopt healthier lifestyles to fight childhood obesity that has tripled in the last three decades.

Harvard doctors punished over pay - 3 accused of not disclosing consulting fees

By Liz Kowalczyk on July 2, 1011 for Boston Globe
Three Harvard Professors, Bierderman, Spencer and Wilens , who were referenced 82, 46 and 32 times respectively in the discredited draft Australian Guidelines on ADHD, have been sanctioned by their employer for allegedly failing to disclose millions of dollars in pharmaceutical company payments.  

Ohio Doctor Prescribes Outside Time for Children

By Jennifer Lance on October 4, 2010 for The Lance
The Ohio coalition yesterday also recognized Dr. Wendy Anderson-Willis, a pediatrician at Nationwide Children's Hospital, for her efforts that include giving many of her patients prescriptions to play outside for at least an hour each day and her involvement in the Walk with a Doc program.

Doctors prescribe the great outdoors to get patients moving

By Andrea Gordon for Toronto Star on June 3, 2011
Dr. Conrad Sichler prescribed something the other day that his patient couldn't get at the local pharmacy. He told the middle-aged man, stressed and long overdue for a vacation, to go for a walk in the woods. "To me, it was a nature prescription," says Sichler, a family physician and psychotherapist with Sweet Medicine Integrative Health Centre in Burlington.

S.I. Focus Newsletter 

By Kathleen Morris, SLP for July 2011
Great tips, books, courses etc for children with sensory integration difficulties.

Q-Link Diode For Cell Phone & EMF Protection

Quick Link device protects you from electromagnetic radiation.

The Art of Roughhousing - Good old fashioned horseplay, and why every child needs it

By Anthony T. DeBenedet and Lawrence J. Cohen
Everywhere you look, physical play-what some might call "roughhousing"- is being marginalized. Gym classes are getting shorter. Recess periods are being eliminated. Some new schools don't even have playgrounds. Is it any wonder children retreat to "virtual horseplay" via video games? Drs. Anthony T. DeBenedet and Lawrence J. Cohen show how rough-and-tumble play can nurture close connections, solve behavior problems, boost confidence, and more.
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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Foundation Series Workshops

Workshops are offered in the following formats:

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Buy individual recorded webinars for $99 each

or the first 6 in the series for $499!


You will have two weeks to download your file.  Once saved, you may watch at your leisure, alone or with your friends/colleagues.  Stop and start the recording to suit your schedule - watch as many times as you like! 

Foundation Series Workshops on DVDs


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.

Instructor Training on the Sunshine Coast, July 25 & 26, 2011

OT's can now take the three day Foundation Series Workshops recorded webinars, and then travel to the beautiful Sunshine Coast July 25/26, 2011 for the two day instructor training with Cris Rowan and become fully certified to deliver these ground breaking workshops in their own communities.


Innovative team-based approach to manage balance between activities children need to grow and succeed with technology use.

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