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Wifi in Schools - Known risk, perilous outcomes, irrefutable liability


Join the Refuse to Use movement to create sustainable futures for all children now! 


By Cris Rowan.



In 2011, the World Health Organization categorized wireless (wifi) radiation emitted from cell phones, laptops, tablets, mobile phone bases, baby monitors, and routers, as a Class 2B, or possible, carcinogen. This classification was based on adult data, and did not take into account that children are more susceptible to radiation effects, considering they have thinner skulls, more aqueous body/brain, and faster cell turnover. In 2013, the American Academy of Pediatrics requested the Federal Communications Commission consider reclassifying wifi radiation as a Class 2A, or probable, carcinogen (see letter), in consideration of the rapid rise in use of cells phones and tablets by young children..


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Cris in the News




Later this month during her visit to New York, Cris will be live on a news radio show called The John Gomez Show on LI News Radio to talk about her Huffington Post article "The Impact of Technology on the Developing Children." Stay tuned to Facebook for the day and time.




Cris's article 'Tech Neglect - Disconnect from technology and reconnect with children to treat technology addictions' appearing in Holistic Parenting magazine, Click to see a sample of Issue No.7, January/February  2015.




Huffington Post has recorded over 2.2 million Facebook likes for Cris Rowan's article 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12.


Click here to see the article. 


Foundation Series Workshop Schedule


February 16, 2015 - Comox BC

Keynote and full day workshop for Pro-D sponsored by School District No. 71 on impact of technology on child development, learning and behavior.

Contact: Sheila Powell 1-250-334-5527


February 25, 2015 - New York NY
Workshop on the impact of technology on children and parents sponsored by Toppan Printing Company Inc.
Contact person: Sarah Reilly 1-201-518-9715


March 6, 2015 - Vancouver, BC

Workshop on school design for success sponsored by Cross Currents Special Education Conference

Contact person: Mary Berg 


March 23-25, 2015 - India & Sri Lanka

Workshops for parents, educators, and health professionals sponsored by Young Presidents Organization on impact of technology on child development, learning and behavior.

Contact: Priya Thakur 


March 27, 2015 - Nepal
Workshops for parents, educators, and health professionals sponsored by Young Presidents Organization on impact of technology on child development, learning and behavior.
Contact person: Priya Thakur


April 27, 2015 - Dublin, Ireland
Workshops for professionals and parents sponsored by Young Presidents Organization.
Contact person: Denise Johnsen + 49.176.878.27621 


Research and News Review


Childhood Development


Too many educators believe that handwriting is obsolete. Nonsense
By Michael Zwaagstra, National Post January 23, 2015
Far from being obsolete, handwriting remains an important skill in the 21st century and beyond. Paper and pencil may not be as flashy as the latest handheld tablet, but it will help students learn a lot more. Sometimes the simple things really do work best. Many progressives do not agree, but the evidence proves them wrong.


Being Neglected Harms Brain Development in Kids
By Alexandra Sifferlin January 27, 2015
In new research published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, researchers looked at brain differences between Romanian children who were either abandoned and institutionalized, sent to institutions and then to foster families, or were raised in biological families.


Active Parenting - Part 2

Blog by Moms Managing Media January 30, 2015
A MMM mom shares more thoughts about her low tech journey with her four boys!


The death of handwriting? Schools are ditching pens and papers for computers - but could it harm your child's development?
By Victoria Woollaston February 2, 2015
From next year, children in Finland will not be compulsorily taught cursive handwriting.
Instead of learning this skill, schools will be given the choice to teach keyboard typing in its place.
The country's education board said the change reflects how typing skills are now more relevant than handwriting, but experts claim the move could damage a child's brain development.


Kids' exercise guidelines need more focus on brain development
By Kathryn Doyle February 4, 2015
Inadequate physical activity during preteen and teen years negatively impacts learning and brain development, Dr. Gregory D. Myer of the Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center added.
"If you get them active for a little while they are going to be better learners," Myer said.


Tech Addictions & Psychotropic Meds


The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act Will Help Big Pharma But Harm Children & Their Families

By By Kelly Patricia O'Meara January 14, 2015
There are one in four Americans currently being prescribed psychiatric drugs; eight million of these are children. A new mental health legislative bill, The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, will not only do nothing to abate the prescription drug epidemic we are currently facing, but will increase the number of Americans put at risk from psychiatric drugs documented by international drug regulatory warnings to have severe and life-threatening risks.


Inside the Tragic, Obsessive World of Video Game Addicts

By Cecilia D'Anastasio January 26, 2015
The story about one families struggle to help their son with his gaming addiction. 


Video Games & Porn


Shooting Real People With Your iPhone Gun!

A friend took pictures of two 10 year olds at her daughters gymnastics meet, shooting the gymnasts!

   Click each to enlarge.

Click here to watch a video about the App thy are playing.


Pornographic exposure over the life course and the severity of sexual offenses: Imitation and cathartic effects
By Christina Mancinia, Amy Reckdenwaldc, Eric Beauregard in the Journal of Criminal Justice (Impact Factor: 1.24). 01/2012; 40(1):21-30. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2011.11.004
Extant scholarship has examined pornography's putative link to the commission of sex crime. Yet, virtually no research speaks to whether an offender's exposure to pornography during many different stages of life elevates the violence of a sex offense. The current study addresses this gap.


Detoxing & Unplugging


Smartphone addictions: Why we need to unplug

By Andrea Tantaros January 22, 2015

Is America's smartphone usage out of control? Fox News' Andrea Tantaros tackled the topic in her show "Trending With Tantaros," speaking to Scott Brown, president of marketing and innovation firm The Company of Others.  


Are you ready for the National day of Unplugging on March 6-7, 2015
National Day of Unplugging Kit for Kids (& FAMILIES & FRIENDS & TEACHERS) - Download here.


Education Technology


Researchers Conclude Wireless Radiation Causes Cancer After Latest Scientific Findings Announced

National advocacy group calls on major children's health organizations to promote safe technology in schools with the "Turn It Off 4 Kids" Initiative


Tech Radiation


Radiation From Cell Phones and WiFi Are Making People Sick -- Are We All at Risk?
By Christopher Ketcham / Earth Island Journal December 2, 2011
We are now exposed to electromagnetic radio frequencies 24 hours a day. Welcome to the largest human experiment ever.


What the Cellphone Industry Doesn't Want You to Know About Radiation Concerns
By Brad Jacobson / AlterNet June 7, 2013  
A leading expert on health effects from cellphone radiation goes to battle against a multi-trillion-dollar industry.


Social Media & Mobile Technology


Student arrested after teacher takes smartphone: Do our devices own us?
By Dr. Keith Ablow January 28, 2015
A ninth-grader at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson, N.J., was caught on video throwing his 62-year-old teacher to the ground and wrestling with him in order to retrieve his cellphone, which the teacher had confiscated.

Popular mobile devices impact amount, quality of children's sleep
By Rose Russell January 25, 2015
There are risks children face when at bedtime they have unlimited access to smart phones, iPads, and similar devices, according to University of California researcher Jennifer Falbe, the lead author of a study about the impact of this technology on sleep deprivation.


Are Smartphones Helping Or Harming Children Under 2? 'Shut-Up Toys' Widespread, But Impact Poorly Understood

By Fionna Agomuoh February 02 2015

Often mobile devices are used as a "shut-up toy" during activities like car rides when parents cannot give children their full attention, Dr. Jenny Radesky, an assistant professor at the Boston School of Medicine noted. In the long term, unregulated use of electronics can affect young children's attention span, comprehension ability and various skills including self-regulation, empathy, social skills and problem-solving, which are usually learned prior to starting school.




Rural Schools in McDowell County - Part 2
PBS Learning Matters February 4, 2015
Supporting grandparents raising grandkids in rural West Virginia




Men and women competing to be porn stars in new reality show The Sex Factor revealed after auditioning by 'having sex on camera' - including Wall Street intern Paige Jennings

By Chris Spargo For February 6, 2015
If you're struggling with depression that's been inadequately treated, avoid asking your doctor about advertised medications, and instead ask about referrals to mental health clinicians that he or she has worked with and trusts.  Word of mouth referrals beat carefully marketed ads any day!


Screaming to sleep, Part Two: The moral imperative to end 'cry it out'
By  Amy Wright Glenn February 02, 2015

Research is clear. The school of thought regarding infant/toddler sleep known as CIO (in all of its forms) harms the most precious and innocent among us. To knowingly harm babies and children is wrong.

Techno-Autism: Confronting the Ableist Ideals in Media Criticism
Upcoming talk by Anne Pasek, a PhD student at NYU's Department of Media, Culture, and Communications at Theorizing The Web 17-18 of April 2015 in NYC.


Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains
By MindShift January 29, 2015
Dr Frances Jensen, who's a neuroscientist and was a single mother of two boys who are now in their 20s, wrote The Teenage Brain to explore the science of how the brain grows - and explains why teenagers can be especially impulsive, moody and not very good at responsible decision-making. 


Transforming Chained Behaviors: Case Studies of Overcoming Smoking, Eczema, and Hair Pulling (Trichotillomania)
By Erik Peper, I-Mei Lin, Rick Harvey, Marina Gilbert, Prathyusha Gubbala, Amy Ratkovich, and Lauren Fletcher in Biofeedback: Winter 2014, Vol. 42, No. 4, pp. 154-160.
The authors describe the format of a holistic health class provided to undergraduates at San Francisco State University in California. The class initially emphasizes self-monitoring and record keeping to enhance the students' self-awareness of negative emotions, symptomatic behaviors, and other "chained behaviors" leading to various problems, such as smoking or eczema. The students cultivate a variety of positive self-care behaviors and self-regulation skills, such as mindfulness, relaxation skills, visualization techniques, and seeking social support. Finally, they learn to substitute these self-care practices for the negative emotions and behaviors, in the moments of emerging awareness, thus interrupting the "chain of behaviors" leading to problems. The authors provide case narratives of three students implementing this program to address personal illnesses or problems (smoking, eczema, and trichotillomania).


Psst. Look Over Here.

By Kate Murphy May 16, 2014
Look inside your kitchen cabinet and odds are you have a collection of old friends gazing back at you - the Quaker Oats man, the Sun-Maid girl, Aunt Jemima and maybe a Keebler elf or two. The reason they are there may have more do with your subconscious craving for eye contact than the taste of the products.  


Programs, Tools & Techniques


Family time: Parents can keep teens off drugs

By More Content Now January 26, 2015
Today's changing social environment and confusing messages about drugs and alcohol may be making it even more difficult for teenagers to get their bearings as they move toward adulthood. That is why it is more important than ever for parents to know what is going on in their kids' lives and have the skills to respond to their teens appropriately.




iDisorder - Understanding our obsession with technology and overcoming its hold on us 

By Larry Rosen
Based on decades of research and expertise in the "psychology of technology," Dr. Larry Rosen offers clear, down-to-earth explanations for why many of us are suffering from an "iDisorder." Rosen offers solid, proven strategies to help us overcome the iDisorder we all feel in our lives while still making use of all that technology offers. 

By Thomas Lewis and Fari Amini
Explaining how relationships function, how parents shape their child's developing self, how psychotherapy really works, and how our society dangerously flouts essential emotional laws, this is a work of rare passion and eloquence that will forever change the way you think about human intimacy.

By Leonard Oestreicher, Marcin Ossowski, Adam Ossowski and Robert Garcia
Authors review research showing increased exposure to screen time, and decreased parental eye contact at 0-6 months of age, cause changes in neuronal wiring in the occipital cortex, and increase incidence of ASD.

Accompanying website Society for the Study of ASD and Social Communication.

Click to see Research Proposal for expanded research on this topic.




Child Development


Institute of Digital Media and Child Development 

Stimulating a national dialogue on the impact of digital media on children and adolescents through funding, conferences, ongoing forums and publications.  Composed of a collaboration among 160 national experts in the fields of neuroscience, child psychology, child psychiatry, pediatrics, public health, education, communications and many more.  Organizing a conference for the National Academy of Sciences in October, 2015.  Founder:  Pamela Hurst-DellaPietra


Chamakanda Blogs 

Explore the world of the young child with writer, speaker and consultant Stephen Spitalny. Steve was a kindergarten teacher at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School for 24 years and is a former member of the Board of WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America). His book "Connecting with Young Children: Educating the Will" was published in 2012. Steve now offers workshops, coaching and mentoring in the U.S. and around the world.


Fearless Parent 

Fearless Parent is informed by the trends of our time: desire for scientific integrity, deep respect for nature, love and compassion, simplicity, vulnerability and authenticity, passionate activism, and a clear-eyed understanding about business, economics, and politics.


Well Connected Kids 

Great website and resources for parents of infants and toddlers, who want to learn more about the importance of physical and sensory experiences in the early years.
Check out The Children's Mental Health Learning Series, funded by The Government of Alberta, recently broadcasted its eighth session. The sessions posted are:
  • The Core Story of Child Development
  • From Youth at Risk to Kids at Hope
  • Healing the Traumatized Parent and Child
  • Resilience in ADHD: Promoting the Positives in Challenging Children
  • Vicarious Trauma for Front-Line Service Providers and Parents
  • Creating Healthy Relationships and Settings to Prevent Peer Bullying and Victimization
  • Ameliorating psycho-social risk among mothers with intellectual disabilities and their children
  • Baby Steps and Giant Leaps: Infant Preschool Mental Health 

Education Technology 


Struggling Teens 

In 1995, went online as the original website for information about the many schools and programs available for troubled teens. The news and articles listed within this site provide an invaluable resource for both parents and professionals, as well as anyone interested in helping troubled teens find successful paths to adulthood.


Tech Radiation 


New Perspective on Child Development in the Wireless Age  

Information on EMF by Liala Epstein, EMF Expert, Advanced Health Technologies, Canadian Distributor for EarthCalm Products.


Canadians for Safe Technology

Canadians 4 Safe Technology is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based coalition of parents, citizens and experts whose mission is to educate and inform Canadians and their policy makers about the dangers of the exposures to unsafe levels of radiation from technology and to work with all levels of government to create healthier communities for children and families from coast to coast.


Kawartha Safe Technology Initiative 

Kawartha Safe Technology Initiative represents informed citizens including parents, scientists, doctors, engineers, and educators. Our purpose is to raise awareness about, and advocate for, the use of safe, wired technology, rather than the use of wireless technology. This is based on mounting international evidence and warnings from governments, doctors and scientists alike, linking prolonged microwave radiation exposure to serious health effects, particularly for children. 


Programs, Tools and Techniques


YouTube channel to help Moms balancing technology with childhood.
Zone'in Products

Sedentary, neglected, isolated, and overstimulated, the new millennium child can no longer pay attention and learn. Zone'in Products are designed by an occupational therapist to enhance child development and learning, ensuring successful futures.


Zone'in - enhancing attention, learning and self-regulation.

Move'in - teaches children to print, the foundation for literacy.

Unplug'in - builds skill and confidence in activities other than technology.

Live'in - media literacy guide for home, school and community.


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

Virtual Child

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.
Training & Consultation

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.

Zone'in Training

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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