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Sad, Mad, and Bad – Child mental illness, or too much gaming

One of the most hotly debated topics by participants who attend the Foundation Series Workshops is the premise that children are not born mentally ill, but rather that society makes them that way through abuse or neglect. Failure of researchers to discover any physiological or genetic cause for mental illness resulted in the American Psychiatric […]

Ten reasons to NOT use technology in schools for children under the age of 12 years

  Refuse to Use is a world-wide Movement by responsible and futuristic thinking parents and teachers to ban all school-based technology for children under 12 years of age, and bring back tried and true methods of teaching. The 0-12 years are formative for brain and body development, and are a fragile time when deprivation and […]

Technology and Spirituality: Education Advancements in First Nations Communities

Algonguin Elder William Commanda, from Mamiwinini, Canada stated in 1991… Traditional people of Indian nations have interpreted the two roads that face the light-skinned race as the road to technology and the road to spirituality. We feel that the road to technology…. has led modern society to a damaged and seared earth. Could it be […]

Digital Dementia – Guidelines for educators regarding technology use in school settings

Mounting research indicates unrestricted use of technology (cell phones, internet, TV) by children is resulting in negative impact on physical and mental health, social wellbeing, and academic performance, suggesting a cautionary approach toward the use of technology in school settings.  As rates of technology addiction soar, children and youth are presenting with problematic behaviours and disorders that are […]

Babies and Technology – What we know, but refuse to accept

Every parent on this planet knows technology is infinitely harmful to infants and toddlers, yet they continue to flock in droves to the latest technological device as if it were seemingly innocuous and benign. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I incessantly hear parents touting the latest new technology or program for their wee one exclaiming […]