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Five Arguments for the Restriction of Education Technology in Elementary School Settings - A proposal for cautionary approach to use of technologies with young children

girl playingA kindergarten teacher recently told me that she refused to use Smart Boards in her classroom, following intense pressure from parents, her administration and colleagues. This teacher stated that she was more effective than any technology in teaching all subjects to her children....

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Cris's 2011-12 Workshop Schedule

October 6/7, 2011
Parent/Professional workshops in Richmond, BC sponsored by Richmond Children First.
Contact: Helen Davidson, 604-241-4035,

October 15, 2011
Early Intervention workshop in Sechelt, BC sponsored by CCRR.
Contact: Hilary Griffiths, 604-885-5699,

October 21/22, 2011
Parent/Professional workshops in Ft. Nelson, BC.
Contact: Lorraine Gerwing, 250-774-3882,

November 23/30, 2011
Professional workshop in Richmond, BC for the BC Nursing Education Conference
Contact: Marlene Hoover, 604-666-5961,

November 23/24, 2011
Parent/Professional workshops in Maple Ridge, BC sponsored by BC Mental Health and Addiction Services
Contact: Marika Sandrelli, 604-467-3471,

November 26, 2011
Early Intervention workshop in Abbotsford, BC sponsored by CCRR.
Contact: Catherine Imbeault, 604-850-7934,

January 26/27, 2012
Parent/Early Intervention workshops in Salmon Arm, BC sponsored by Literacy Alliance.
Contact: Jennifer Findlay 250-833-1541

April 19/20, 2012
Parent/Professional workshops in Brandon, Manitoba sponsored by Brandon Regional Health Authority, Child and Adolescent Treatment Centre.
Contact: Jill Brown, 204-571-7267,

May 7, 8 & 9, 2012
Foundation Series Comprehensive in Vancouver, BC
Download the registration form, or register online now.

Cris in the News

Dragons Den, CBC TV - October 12, 2011
 Dragon's Den
Tune into Dragons Den on Wednesday October 12, 2011 at 8 pm PST and watch Cris Rowan try to present her system of solutions for child technology addictions. Roasted!

BAM Radio Network - October 12, 2011
Listen to Rae Pica, Host of "Body, Mind and Child," for the BAM Radio Network interview Cris Rowan, Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Jacqui Murray,Technology Teacher on Wednesday October 12, 2011 at 6 am PST on the TOPIC: When Should Keyboarding Be Taught?

The effects of fast-paced cartoons

By D. Christakis for Pediatrics published online September 12, 2011
Research on four year old children showed significant reduction in executive function after 9 minutes of Spongebob cartoon. Long term implications for attention and learning ability are discussed.

Pre-schoolers total daily screen time at home and by type of childcare
By Tandon et al for Journal of Pediatrics 2011:158 (2); 297-399
By preschool age, 80% of children in study were in some form of child care. Average screen time was 4.1 hours daily, including 3.6 hours at home and 0.4 hours in child care. Children in centers had the lowest screen time (3.2 hours) compared with children in parental care only (4.4 hours).

The effects of TV in the bedroom on young hispanic children
By Feng et al for The American Journal of Health Promotion 2011: 25(5);310-318
Research indicates 70% of hispanic children have a TV in their bedroom, raising their risk of obesity by 30%, increasing TV usage by one hour per day, and increasing their consumption of fast food.

Social outcomes associated with media viewing habits of low income preschool children
By Conners-Burrow et al for Early Education and Development 2011:22(2);256-273
Results suggest that viewing of inappropriate content was associated with higher hyperactivity and aggression scores and a lower social skills rating, whereas the amount of viewing was not related to these classroom outcomes.

Wired at a young age: The effect of caffine and technology on sleep duration and body mass index in school-aged children
By et al for Journal of Pediatric Health Care 2011:0(0);1-8
30% of children consumed a daily caffeinated beverage, reducing total sleep by 15 minutes per night. 42% had a television in the bedroom reducing total sleep by 45 minutes per night.

Bring Classrooms Outdoors Or Transform An Existing Asphalt Play Area Affordable Outdoor Learning Modules  
STEM, Nature, Arts, Pre K Elementary And Preschool Designs.
Great design for an outdoor classroom!

Many US schools adding iPads, trimming textbooks
By Associated Press for Yahoo Finance on September 30, 2011
While iPads have rocketed to popularity on many college campuses since Apple Inc. introduced the device in spring 2010, many public secondary schools this fall will move away from textbooks in favor of the lightweight tablet computers.

The Development of Children's Mental Health - How do we become who we are?
The Early Years Conference on February 2-4, 2012 in Vancouver, BC


Cris Rowan is pleased to announce the certification of three new dynamic Foundation Series Workshops Instructors:


Sharon Arndt from Saskatchewan

 Mina Lee from Alberta

 Pam Becker from Manitoba


Private Consultations

Cris Rowan is now offering private phone/Skype consultations as guidance for parents, educators, therapists, and government to manage balance between activities children need for growth and success with technology. Give Cris a call and find out how your organization can work to enhance child development.

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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:

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 in Vancouver, BC - May 10, 11, 2012

OT's can now take the three day Foundation Series Workshops recorded webinars, and then travel to Vancouver, BC, May 10 and 11, 2012 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.

Cris Rowan is now offering private phone/Skype consultations.

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