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When parents prefer devices
By Cris Rowan.

James Steyer with Common Sense Media was interviewed on PBS News on Nov. 2, 2015 regarding a newly released study showing teens spend 9 hours a day being entertained with media. Mr. Steyer cited 'lack of rules by parents' as a factor driving escalating rates of cell phone, tablet and TV use in children and youth. So why don't parents just make some rules for their children regarding technology use? Parents do know how to make rules for other things, like picking up clothes, brushing teeth, and eating vegetables, but seem to struggle when it comes to restrictions regarding technology use. Quite possibly parents have little to no control over their own device use, and consequently are unable to make tech usage rules for their children.

Wireless Radiation in Schools - Fact Sheet and Directives
By Cris Rowan.

Schools are tasked with ensuring that policies and procedures implemented on a wide scale are safe for children, such as the installation of wireless internet and use of devices that emit radiofrequency radiation. School teachers, principals, school boards, and education governments will be held liable for submitting children to known safety risks. Wireless radiation has proven to NOT be safe for adults, with children being exceedingly more vulnerable to radiation effects. A whole generation of children are being forced to submit themselves to what could be termed the most dangerous experiment known to humankind, wireless radiation.

What's New at Zone'in

Designed by pediatric occupational therapist and biologist Cris Rowan to help families better manage balance between technology and healthy living. Tech Talks is a series of ten 30 minute webinar sessions watched by whole family over the course of ten weeks. Webinars are followed by 30 minutes of family homework which details progressive strategies to redesign family lifestyles for health and success. Tech Talks includes the Zone'in Tech Tool Kit, and a 3 day family 'tech unplug'. Click here for more info.

Designed by pediatric occupational therapist and biologist Cris Rowan and Dr. Chantelle Bernier OTD, to provide up to date research information on the impact of technology on child development, behavior, and learning. Targeting health and education professionals including OT's PT's, SLP's, RN's physicians, psychologists and teachers, Tech Talks for Therapists guides professionals on how to assess children for technology overuse, and how to assist families to better manage balance between technology and healthy living. Tech Talks for Therapists is a series of five one hour webinar sessions which include a variety of handouts and strategies to help families redesign lifestyles for health and success. Click here for more info.

Cris in the News

Huffington Post has recorded over 2.3 million Facebook likes for Cris Rowan's article 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12.

Foundation Series Workshop Schedule

November 25, 2015 - Vancouver, BC
Workshops for professionals on impact of technology across the life span sponsored by Community Health Associates BC.
Contact person: Joanne Tardiff 250-503-1123

January 12,13, 2016 - Dublin, Ireland
Workshops for professionals and parents on impact of technology on children sponsored by Young Presidents Organization.
Contact person: Denise Johnsen + 49.176.878.27621

January 14, 2016 - Paris, France
Workshops for professionals and parents on impact of technology on children sponsored by Young Presidents Organization.
Contact person: Denise Johnsen + 49.176.878.27621

January 16, 2016 - Cyprus
Workshops for professionals and parents on impact of technology on children sponsored by Young Presidents Organization.
Contact person: Denise Johnsen + 49.176.878.27621 
January 17, 2016 - Italy
Workshops for professionals and parents on impact of technology on children sponsored by Young Presidents Organization.
Contact person: Denise Johnsen + 49.176.878.27621 

February 21, 2016 - Squamish, BC
Workshops for parents on impact of technology on children sponsored by Sea to Sky Teachers Assoc.
Contact person: Della Halvorson 604-892-3056

February 22, 2016 - Squamish, BC
Workshops for professionals on impact of technology on children sponsored by Sea to Sky Teachers Assoc.
Contact person: Della Halvorson 604-892-3056
February 26, 2016 - Vancouver, BC
Workshop for special education teachers on impact of technology on children sponsored by Cross Current Conference.
Contact person: Mary Speaker 

March 19, 2016 - Edmonton, Alberta
Early Intervention workshop for professionals on impact of technology on children sponsored by Community Options.
Contact person: Heidi Brett 587-784-8390

Research and News Review

Childhood Development

Examination of cognitive effects, emotional impacts and health issues from media exposure on children
You Tube Video Channel
Many of the videos recorded at the recent Arthur M. Sackler Colloquium Digital Media and Developing Minds conference October 13-16, 2015; Irvine, CA are now available.
By Sean Coughlan, Education correspondent BBC News published September 15, 2015
Investing heavily in school computers and classroom technology does not improve pupils' performance, says a global study from the OECD.

Mental Illness & Psychotropic Meds

By Malcolm Gladwell - October 19, 2015 The New Yorker
School shootings have now engulfed the boys who were once content to play with chemistry sets in the basement. The problem is not that there is an endless supply of deeply disturbed young men who are willing to contemplate horrific acts. It's worse. It's that young men no longer need to be deeply disturbed to contemplate horrific acts.

By Kelly Patricia O'Meara October 2, 2015
"Despite 22 international drug regulatory warnings citing violence, psychosis, mania and even homicidal ideation as side effects of these drugs, there has yet to be a federal investigation to determine the extent of mass induced acts of violence that could be caused by psychiatric drug use."

Published by Autism Awareness Centre Inc.
New research out of the UK suggests that many people with intellectual disabilities are overprescribed medications in an effort to treat problem behaviours such as aggression and self-injury, despite there being little evidence of any benefit from these medications. 

Social Media & Mobile Technology
By Jenny Anderson September 29, 2015
Time to look in the mirror.

Researchers from Louisiana State University and the University of Texas found that when schools implemented a cellphone ban across campus, student test scores increased by as much as 6 percent.
Video Games & Pornography
By Sarah Grant October 21, 2015
A team at Hult International Business School has developed a game that offers roughly the same educational benefit as an MBA class.
By Cortney Rubin November 26, 2014
Fantasy football has seen a dramatic increase in women joining the play. The number of women playing fantasy football in the United States and Canada has more than doubled since 2007.

By Todd Love, Christian Laier, Matthias Brand, Linda Hatch and Raju Hajela published September 18, 2015 Behav. Sci. 2015, 5(3), 388-433; doi:10.3390/bs5030388 
Rneuroscientific research supports the assumption that underlying neural processes are similar to substance addiction.

By Mark Bell, LMFT, CSAT and Claudine Gallacher, MA September 10, 2015
Most parents understand that pornography is prevalent and easily accessible, but they convince themselves that their own good children would never be ensnared by it. Sadly, this is an all too common mistake.
Technology Addictions
Press Release November 3, 2015
A landmark report released by Common Sense Media finds that teenagers (ages 13-18) use an average of nine hours of entertainment media per day and that tweens (ages 8-12) use an average of six hours a day, not including time spent using media for school or homework..

51 min video published on October 20, 2015
Reliance Men's Breakfast with guest speaker Dr. Andrew Doan, speaking about online and gaming addiction.

Photographer Eric Pickersgill shows us just how unreal our real lives look when we remove our handheld technology from them.

By Andrew Doan and Brooke Stickland 
The multi-billion dollar video game industry is in the business of creating fun and enticing games that can be addictive. As addicted gamers feast on digital indulgences, real life is neglected and their reality crumbles around them.

Tech Radiation

By L. Lloyd Morgana, Santosh Kesarib, Devra Lee Davis doi:10.1016/j.jmau.2014.06.005
Children absorb more MWR than adults because their brain tissues are more absorbent, their skulls are thinner and their relative size is smaller.

February 3, 2015 press release "Researchers Conclude Wireless Radiation Causes Cancer After Latest Scientific Findings Announced" by the National Association for Children and Safe Technology are calling for a "Turn it off 4 kids" initiative requesting all children's health and cancer prevention organizations make the issue of children's health and exposure to wireless radiation in educational settings an immediate priority for 2015.

The California Medical Association (CMA) adopted a resolution that calls for re-evaluation of the safety standards for wireless communications in the U.S.

2.25 min video
Oakville MP Terence Young wants people to be fully informed about the cell phones they hold next to their head.

In May 2015, a group of 190 independent scientists from 39 countries, who in total have written more than 2,000 papers on the topic, called on the United Nations, the World Health Organization, and national governments to develop stricter controls on cell-phone radiation. "I think the overall evidence that wireless radiation might cause adverse health effects is now strong enough that it's almost unjustifiable for government agencies and scientists not to be alerting the public to the potential hazards," says David O. Carpenter, M.D., director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University at Albany in New York and one of the authors of the recent letter to the U.N. and WHO.
Summary conclude:
1. (p8) There is little doubt that electromagnetic fields cause childhood leukemia;
2. (p9) Children who have leukemia and are in recovery have poorer survival rates if their ELF exposure at home (or where they are recovering) is between 1mG and 2 mG in one study; over 3 mG in another study.

Held in the UK showing 25 studies linking EMF to child leukemia

18 min. video by WiFi in Schools Australia


Video published September 22, 2015
Set in the world of a spoofed prescription drug commercial, Nature Rx offers a hearty dose of laughs and the outdoors.
Conferences & Courses
Brain Development and the Significance of Trauma - Edmonton AB (or live webcast) February 10, 2016
Alberta Early Years Learing Series 2015/16 with Dr. Katie Statman-Weil, Executive Director of Wild Lilac Child Development Community, Portland, OR

Brain Development and the Impact of Technology - Edmonton AB (or live webcast)  May 4, 2016
Alberta Early Years Learing Series 2015/16 with Dr. Kelly Dean Schwartz, Associate Professor, School and Applied Child Psychology (SACP), University of Calgary

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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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