Guns, video games, isolation, and mental illness have all been implicated as causal factors in the recent school shooting by Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut. Intervention initiatives for school shootings, such as arming teachers, or enlisting full time police presence, have been proposed for schools both in the U.S. and Canada without any evidence showing […]
Hearts everywhere go out to families and friends of victims of the mass killing at Sandy Hook School. Bewildered as to why the shooter did such a heinous crime, society is quick to assign blame to poor gun control or too much video gaming, without really giving any consideration to the profound complexity of this […]
A recent study by Dr. Bruce Perry with Child Trauma Academy in Texas revealed that children who are neglected by their parents have significantly smaller brains, with long term effects of increased violence, addictions, and unemployment.The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention reports child injury rates are up 12%, and cite parent preoccupation with technology […]
I was chatting with a mom this week about her son who has a diagnosis of adhd, and was suggesting some environmental interventions that might help him with his rage and aggression (he is currently waitlisted). I mentioned research proven techniques for aggression such as reduction in violent media content, increased exposure to movement and […]
A study published in Pediatrics in 2010 found a correlation between the amount of time spent viewing TV and playing video games and subsequent attention problems in adolescence. The authors recommend adding TV and video games to the discussion on attention problem risk factors. The abstract of this study can be found here.