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Preventing Autism - It might be easier than you think!


By Cris Rowan.


Recent shifts in autism research from biological to environmental determinants, has yielded prolific data with exciting implications. This information when applied, could not only prevent autism, but also reduce symptoms in children who already have autism. Interested? This proposed intervention for autism prevention and treatment requires two components 1) absence of screens, and 2) eye contact with the parent. Two simple acts performed by one or both parents on a daily basis, could prevent and treat autism, providing children with a future full of vast and rich social and emotional experiences.


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Cris in the News




Cris's discusses the importance of play spaces for children in our communities in 'The Green Mama talks Kid-Friendly Cities'  by Manda Aufochs Gillespe, published in the Spring 2015 edition of The Growing Issue by EcoParent Magazine.




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.


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Foundation Series Workshop Schedule


March 23-25, 2015 - India

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 


April 7, 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 16, 2015 - Littleton, Colorado

Workshop on impact of technology on children.

Contact person: Jon Spencer 720-365-8709


April 22, 2015 - Powell River
Workshops for parents, educators, and health professionals sponsored by Contact 4 Children on Impact of Technology on Child Development, Learning and Behaviour.
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April 24, 2015 - Squamish BC

Workshop on impact of technology on children.

Contact person: Della Halvorson 604-892-3056


September 19, 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


School fitness programme could have 'huge' impact
Isle of Man Today February 28, 2015
Early results have shown an average improvement of up to 30 per cent in balance, co-ordination and physical fitness for children who have taken part in the pilot programme, according to the developers. many educators believe that handwriting is obsolete


Tech Addictions & Psychotropic Meds


Prevent the Dangerous Psychotropic Drugging of California's Foster Care Youth

By Citizens Commission on Human Rights International
Did you know that nearly 25% of adolescents in California's foster care system are prescribed mind-altering psychotropic drugs-sometimes two to four or more drugs at a time-and 3.5 times the rate for all adolescents nationwide? Online petition, calling upon California policymakers to take immediate actions to protect foster youth. 


What you need to know about internet addiction

Dr. Kimberly Young Published on Jan 5, 2015
We are all a bit too connected to our smartphones and web-connected devices. Dr. Young helps identify warning signs of Internet addiction and what we can do to manage technology in our daily lives.


Alphabet Kids: Diagnosis in the Classroom

Published on Jan 20, 2015 
A teacher turned whistleblower gives parents an inside look at what is going on in Florida's public schools. 


Video Games & Porn


Taiwan College Student Burns Himself To Death After Argument With Father Over Video Games
Posted: February 26, 2015
Hsueh Jun-Chen, a 22-year-old university student in western Taiwan, committed suicide by self immolation after a heated argument with his father the night before.


Detoxing & Unplugging


Snow Day or Screen Day? 

By Melanie Hempe February 17, 2015

What are you going to do on snow days? Make them a special day for you and your kids. Do a little bit of work and then make it a screen-free afternoon.


Screen time: Strategies for setting limits
By Angela Pittenger February 17, 2015
Setting "no media" rules, scheduling activities and spending time away from the house can help deter children from the screen, Dr. Kimberly Gerhart, division chief of General Pediatrics at the University of Arizona. says.    


Education Technology


Parents and Scientists push for a Wi-fi Ban in Schools 

Published February 10, 2015

The group Wi-fi in Schools comprises of parents concerned about the Wi-fi issue in Australia, is passing around a "non-consent" letter, that is to be given to the school principal by the parents saying they don't want their children exposed to 6 hours of Wi-fi everyday.


Tech Radiation


Spending six hours a day on my mobile gave me a brain tumour, claims business executive, 43, who's now been given just three years to live
By Madlen Davies and Lizzie Parry 25 February 25, 2015
A businessman battling a deadly brain tumour believes spending up to six hours a day on his mobile phone has given him cancer.
After going to hospital with a bad headache, Ian Phillips was given the devastating news he had a lemon-sized brain tumour - and has just three years to live. 


Press Release Video - Terrence Young (MP) Explains Private Members Bill C 648

Published on Jan 19, 2015 

Terrence Young MP for Oakville, Ontario explains why he has introduced a Private Members Bill C-648 which calls for better labeling on cellular phone packaging. 


Oakville MP Terence Young Calls For Wireless Radiation Warning Bill C 648 Ontario, Canada

Published on Jan 21, 2015
Oakville MP Terence Young wants people to be fully informed about the cell phones they hold next to their head. 


Social Media & Mobile Technology


Psychiatrist talks about cell phone addiction

By Dr. Tom Milam on WDBJ7 February 16, 2015
Do you think you are addicted to your cell phone?

It is a reality for some. Your phone can be your lifeline or your downfall. But how much is too much?. 




When Multitasking Makes You Happy and When It Doesn't

By Jordan Etkin and Cassie Mogilner February 26, 2015
Does multitasking increase happiness? This research indicates that it does, but not always. Variety may be the "spice of life" - but not of any given hour.

Spark your kids creativity 

Charlotte Today, WCNC February 25, 2015
Interview with Melanie Hempe from Moms Managing Media about real play instead of digital play.


'Women will take wearable tech mainstream' says Trellie founder

By Sophie Charara February 12, 2015

Smart jewellery is having a moment. We've just seen huge investments for smart ring Ringly and the digital detoxing Altruis is about to land on luxury fashion e-tailer Net-a-Porter too. But Claude Aldridge, co-founder of Trellie, thinks specific, standalone pieces of smart jewellery such as Ringly are missing a trick.  



Internet Addiction - Neuroscientific Approaches and Therapeutical Interventions

Current developments in the DSM-V underline the importance and the need for a scientific book on this newly emerging disorder, as the term "Internet Gaming Disorder" now appears among the emerging measures and models in Section III. To precisely describe and characterize Internet addiction (and the related term "Internet Gaming Disorder"), strong research efforts have been invested around the globe. In this book, there is an extensive overview of Internet addiction by leading researchers in the field.


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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