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Technology Overuse or Management?
It's time to face the facts!

students with computersThe 21st century has borne witness to nothing short of an explosion in use of electronic technologies, both at home and in school settings. Education systems have joined the race to stock their schools with the latest and greatest new technologies, striving to provide their students with up to date learning tools and techniques. Unfortunately, there is limited research regarding the actual effectiveness of these electronic devices to facilitate learning, empirical evidence the education systems once used as the gold standard to determine teaching methods. More worrisome is the existing research regarding the long term effects of technology overuse on the developing child shows detrimental effects on physical, mental, social and academic performance.

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Government Consultation

On May 3, 2010 Cris Rowan, pediatric occupational therapist and CEO of Zone'in Programs Inc. was invited to give a seminar to 18 representatives from British Columbia's Health, Education and Children and Family Ministries on the following topics:

1. Research regarding the impact of technology overuse on child health and academic performance.
2. Balanced Technology Management initiatives to ensure sustainable futures for all children.
3. The Zone'in Program concept and application in home and school settings.

Feedback from seminar participants indicated an interest in passing this information onto their Ministry colleagues, and therefore Cris will be providing this seminar titled "The Impact of Technology on the Developing Child" in a free webinar format for government staff on Wednesday June 16, 2010 from 1-2:30 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Subsequent to this presentation, Cris has formalized her Balanced Technology Management Consultative Service profiles for parents, teachers, health professionals, government, researchers and technology production corporations .

Please refer to Consultation section of Zone'in website for additional information.

New! First Nations Workshop
Generational Healing: Clearing blocks, shifting consciousness, empowering choices.
Zone'in Programs Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of a new workshop designed specifically for people who work with First Nations children.
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New! 2010/11 Foundation Series Workshop Schedule Posted Online
Zone'in Programs Inc. offers ten workshops designed for education and health professionals who work with children.  These workshops are available in three formats: live, webinar or DVD.  Webinar space is limited, so register now to ensure attendance.
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Monitoring kids' computers
By Lou Guest, on April 30, 2010, Letter to the Editor of Coast Reporter in response to original article written by Cris Rowan on the escalating use of computers in schools.

Toddler TV linked to low math scores: study
May 4, 2010, The Canadian Press
Too much time in front of the tube as a two-year-old can predict some negative consequences at the age of 10, a new study suggests.

Antisocial Networking?
By Hilary Stout on April 30, 2010 for NY Times
Research indicates electronic communication makes teens less interested in face to face communication with their friends. One half of American teens send 50 texts per day, one third send 100 texts per day.

Anatomy of an epidemic - the hidden damage of psychiatric drugs
By Jed Lipinski, on April 27, 2010, Salon
An award-winning science reporter looks at the history of mental illness in America -- with disturbing results.
The Mother-Baby Bond
Excellent coverage by Scientific American of the beautiful and intricate interactions between mother and baby, from utero to toddler stages.  Be sure to read the article on the effects of tactile (touch) input on stress and cortisol levels.

Couple's baby dies while they raise internet child.
By Lylah M. Alphonse for Boston Globe, March 8, 2010
Parents arrested in South Korea for neglecting their new born child due to video game addictions.  Think this doesn't happen in North America?  Read next article.
Hey, parents!  Leave online gaming to the know, the ones you're supposed to be raising!
By Helen A.S. Popkin for MSNBC, July 19, 2007
Parents arrested in Reno, Nevada for neglecting their 1 and 2 year old children due to online video game addiction.

Unplug - Don't Drug: A Critical Look at the Influence of Technology on Child Behavior With an Alternative Way of Responding Other Than Evaluation and Drugging
By Cris Rowan, Volume 12, No. 1, 2010, Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry.
This article profiles the trend to medicate child behavior associated with technology addictions, and proposes a preliminary "unplug" trial prior to prescription of psychotropic medication.

Standardized screening to help identify suicidal adolescents
By Laura Barclay, on April 15, 2010, Medscape CME Clinical Briefs
While screening will likely procure useful information, will results open the floodgates for wide scale use of antidepressant medication for adolescents?  When mental health resources for therapeutic counseling for adolescents is minimal to none, will the default therapy be medication?

Effects of Stimulant Medication on Growth Rates Across 3 Years in the MTA Follow-up
By Swanson J et al, Vol 46 issue 8 August 2007, Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Study shows stimulant-related decreases in growth rates after initiation of stimulant medication.
New Products

seamless sensitivity socks
Perfect for children experiencing sensory processing disorder, hypersensitivity or who simply can't stand annoying seams, our patented SmartKnitKIDS socks are being sought out by parents nation-wide.

FREE 'No Technology' sign
For those of you who want to restrict the use of technology during meetings, try our new 'No Technology Allowed' sign!
Click here to print a sign.

FREE 'Technology Screen'
Designed by Cris Rowan for parents, teachers, health professionals, government, researchers and technology production corporations for the purpose of determining children's technology usage statistics.
Click here to print the Tech Screen.

Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Centre
The Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Centre, in collaboration with Invest in Kids, created tools specifically designed for parents of children from zero to five years of age.

Video: Where America Stands on Autism
April 17, 2010
A CBC documentary on the escalating incidence of Autism in the US.

Video: Greatest Freakout Over World of Warcraft :: Mom Cancels Crazy Kid's WoW Account
Interesting to note not only the intensity of aggression and self abuse, but also the sheer volume of repressed energy and subsequent "need to move" resulting from videogame use.

Video: Stuart Brown says play is more than fun
A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun in this TED podcast. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults -- and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.

Video: Too much too young
How early should formal education begin and can we learn from those countries who start much later than we do? What is the role of play and creativity when set against the drive for standards. Is there too much pressure on children too early?  In this one hour debate on, Jonathan Dimbleby and a distinguished panel examine the issues around the state of today's Early Years and primary education.

Newsletter:  Dynamic Maturational Model
May 2010 issue
The international association for the study of attachment
Read the newsletter here

Information: Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Centre
The Early Childhood Learning Knowledge Centre, in collaboration with Invest in Kids, created tools specifically designed for parents of children from zero to five years of age.

Video: Hyper Parents Coddled Kids
CBC TV Doc Zone episode profiles the devastating results of "helicopter parenting'.
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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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