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The Lost Generation - Four arguments for eliminating school-based technology with young children

This picture of a 3 year old girl in front of a laptop, is found on the home page of BC's new educational plan advertising "individualized programs" for students Accompanying the push by education governments for increased use of computers with younger and younger children, is the recent government mandated return to work following strike action. As cyberschools rapidly grow in popularity (see below), it becomes all too clear of government's plans for future education for young students.

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Cris in the News

Movement, Attention and Learning
10 min. excerpt of Cris's workshop for FASD Outreach on how movement improves attention and learning.

Unplug - Don't Drug
Cris's letter to the Globe and Mail editor on March 7, 2012
Cris's Upcoming Workshops

March 24, 2012 - Chico, California
Glenn County School District Conference sponsored by Child Care Resource and Referral
Contact: Joie Owen 530-865-1118

March 31, 2012 - Abbotsford, BC
Early Intervention workshop sponsored by Child Care Resource and Referral
Contact: Catherine Imbeault 604-850-7934

April 21 & 22, 2012 - Edmonton, Alberta
First two days of Foundation Series Comprehensive sponsored by Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists
Contact: Robin Telasky 780-238-9111
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May 7, 8 & 9, 2012 - Vancouver, BC
Foundation Series Comprehensive
Contact: Cris Rowan 604-885-0986
Download the registration form, or register online now.

May 10 & 11, 2012 - Vancouver, BC
Foundation Series Comprehensive Instructor Training and Certification
Contact: Cris Rowan 604-885-0986
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Interested in bringing a workshop to your community? Contact us at Zone'in for more information 1-888-8zonein or


Impact of an active video game on healthy children's physical activity
By T Baraknowski et al for Pediatrics online Feb 27, 2012
Researchers found no increase in physical activity with active video games, possibly due to games were played with minimal effort and/or children exercised less during the rest of the day as a result.

Television and video game exposure and the development of attention problems
EL Swing et al for Pediatrics 2010; 126, 214
People who spend more time playing video games have more attention problems, and individuals who are more impulsive or have more attention problems subsequently spend more time playing video games.

Learning Matters: The pros and cons of online learning
PBS NewsHour 13 minute video clip on February 23, 2012
Early studies show cyberschools have a student turnover of 50%, and result in decreased performance in math and reading.

ADHD diagnosis more likely for kids born later in the year: study
By Carly Weeks and Kate Hammer for the Globe and Mail on March 5. 2012
BC study of 937,000 children between the ages of 6 and 12 who were born in December were 39% more likely to receive an ADHD diagnosis and 48% more likely to receive stimulant medication.

Iowa senator's letter to Oregon hits hot issue: rate psychiatrists prescribe drugs to children
By Nick Budnick for The Oregonian on March 2, 2012
A powerful U.S. Senator is demanding to know what Oregon is doing to crack down on doctors who over-prescribe stimulant drugs to children.

Ritalin gone wrong
By L Alan Sroufe for The New York Times on Jan 28, 2012
In 30 years there has been a 20 fold increase in use of ADHD drugs, but when given to children over long periods of time, they neither improve school achievement nor reduce behavior problems. The drugs can also have serious side effects, including stunting growth.

Teens with autism preoccupied with TV, video games - but less likely to use social networking
US News - Health on Feb. 14, 2012
About 60% of teens with autism spend most of their time watching TV or videos reserarch reported in the Journal of Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Is aspergers syndrome a mental health or a social disorder?
By KJ Dell'Antonio for The New York Times on Feb 1, 2012
If aspergers syndrome is effectively synonymous with social and interpersonal issues, the isn't it right to remove it form the autism spectrum, and effectively from the DSM?

Taiwan man dies playing video games
On Feb 7, 2012 for the Montreal Gazette
A 23 year old man died from cardiac arrest in an internet cafe while playing video games, and no one noticed he was dead for 9 hours.

Afraid of loosing your phone? Maybe you have Nomophobia!
By Samantha Murphy for Mashable Tech on Feb 21, 2012
And the next thing will be a drug to treat it!

Sexed Up Kids
On CBC TV's Doc Zone one hour documentary
From tiny tots strutting bikini-clad bodies in beauty pageants to companies marketing itty-bitty thongs and padded bras to 9 year olds, images of ever-younger sexualized girls have become commonplace. Add to that: ever-younger boys with 24-7 access to hard-core internet porn.

Sofa Boy
by Scott Langteau
A young boy discovers that lounging on his favorite sofa playing videogames around the clock isn't all it's cracked up to be!
Video Clips

"IRL - In Real Life"
A short, light-hearted documentary looking at the effects of World of Warcraft addiction/compulsion, produced as part of a 3rd Year Film Production project at the University of the Creative Arts.

Animate: The Pleasure of the Tweet
David Linden describes how our addiction to technology originates from pleasure from uncertainity.

The Animal School
By Raising Small Souls.
Story originally by Leo Buscaglia on accepting differences in students

Hokki Stool
Get that vestibular system stimulated, and children attending and learning, with this great stool which allows students to "rock and roll"!
Canadian contact: Andrew Lowes

Habitat Systems - Park, Playground and Landscape Solutions
Want to improve academic performance and behavior? Check it out!

Southpaw Newsletter
Great vestibular devices to improve core strength, motor coordination and enhance attention and learning.

Empathic Therapy Conference
April 13-15, 2012 Syracuse, NY
Mental health help for teens
Cris's New Book
Virtual Child
Virtual Child - The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children.



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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Zone'in Programs Inc. and Cris Rowan are seeking your support and assistance to ensure sustainable and productive futures for our children. Find out more about how you can help us!
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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Zone'in Resources  

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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