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Reversing the effects of technology on the developing child.

UNPLUG - DON'T DRUG: Policy Initiative Proposal

Read the UNPLUG - DON'T DRUG : POLICY INITIATIVE PROPOSAL sent by Cris Rowan to Canadian and US Health and Education governments.

Technology use and child mental illness - are they related?

Watching children, family and friends connect and interact with each other has become an intriguing pastime of mine.  I like to play a game, where I count the seconds of eye contact and conversation between family members, and then give them a score based on the amount of time they spend 'connecting' to each other.  The results are discouraging, to say the least.  It seems that as people connect more and more to technology (iPods, cell phones, computers, TV's, videogames), they are disconnecting from each other at a rapid pace.  This trend to 'disconnect' from all that is human is following in the footsteps of another alarming trend, increased diagnosis and medication of child behavior.  Are we confusing human disconnection caused by TV and videogame addictions, with mental illness?

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Game addiction an epidemic

A B.C. movement, which seeks to eliminate the unnecessary medication of youth with developmental disorders, has been sent to all Canadian health and education ministers for approval.

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Cris Rowan is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist, author, speaker and champion of easing the job of learning for all children.

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