The Zone'in Child Development Series Newsletter
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CBC BC Almanac Interview with Cris Rowan

Tune into Cris Rowan's interview by Kathryn Gretsinger, taped by CBC December 30, 2008, regarding unplugging children from technology.

Listen in here.
Address Bullying with Technology Reduction Initiatives

I was recently asked by one of our readers whether technology use interfered with the development of interpersonal skills in children, in particular, the way in which they act and react to others in the areas of civility and empathy. She was concerned that parents might be misled by recent research showing that while videogames might improve child problem solving skill, this skill may come at the price of increased aggression, often in the form of bullying.

Read the complete article here.
Upcoming Events

Cris is taking some incredible journeys during the winter and spring of 2009. If you're unable to make it to one of the below workshops, and you'd like Cris to come to your area, contact us to make it happen!

January 16, 2009 - Gibsons, BC - Registration deadline extended
January 19-23, 2009 - Fort Ware, BC
January 28-30, 2009 - Kamloops, BC
February 9, 2009 - Comox, BC
February 16, 2009 - Edmonton, AB
March 2, 2009 - Yellowknife, NT
May 4, 2009 -Halifax, NS
March 30, 2009 - San Francisco, CA
June 1, 2009 - Vancouver, BC
June 15, 2009 - Dallas, TX

Register by January 9, 2009 and receive a free school and home based Technology Reduction Module (valued at $12.99)
Interesting Websites

SideStix™ is the first shock absorbent sports crutch with attachable 'feet' for a variety of terrains. It has been designed by Cris Rowan's good friend and colleague Occupational Therapist Sarah Doherty, and Engineer Kerith Perreur-Lloyd.

SideStix™ promotes healthy, active, adventurous exploration of the world around us.  The SideStix™ unique shock absorbing crutch provides joint protection and crutch tips to suit all conditions, from neighbourhood streets to snow covered mountains.  In January 2009, SideStix™ will summit the 19,340ft peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Link to the blog here to follow Sarah's ascent.

Robbie Cooper is a photographer and video artist living in New York, who reports he is mostly interested in identity and the media.  Robbie's current project is titled "Immersion", which records video of people "through the screen" as they play videogames, use the internet and watch TV. If you're interested in understanding more about the impact of violent videogames on child behavior, tune into Robbie's site at - Simulations - Immersion.
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January 2009

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

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