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Virtual Child: The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children

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ISBN-10: 1453719520
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About the Author

A frequent guest on CBC public radio and featured on CBC TV's Doc Zone, Cris Rowan is known world-wide as a child development expert in the area of technology's effects on children. As CEO of Zone’in Programs Inc. Cris Rowan has developed a ‘System of Solutions’ to address the issues of technology overuse by children. Zone’in Products, Workshops, Training and Consultation services are widely used and respected by parents, as well as health and education professionals in health units, child development centers, schools, clinic and hospital based settings. Zone’in Products include Zone’in, Move’in, Unplug’in and Live’in educational programs to enhance child health and academic performance. Zone’in Foundation Series Workshop topics include sensory processing, motor development, attachment and addictions, technology overuse, attention and learning, productivity school design, and early intervention. Zone’in Training certifies pediatric occupational therapists as Foundation Series Workshop instructors. Zone’in Consultation services provide education and training to promote Balanced Technology Management initiatives in home, school and community settings. Rowan recently developed the Balanced Technology Management (BTM) concept which promotes managing balance between activities children need for growth and success with technology use, and has created BTM initiatives for six target groups: parents, teachers, health professionals, government, researchers and technology production corporations. Rowan is a prolific writer and has published numerous articles on sensory and motor development, printing literacy, attachment, addictions, attention, learning, and the impact of technology on child development. Rowan authors a monthly Development Series newsletter with a readership of over 40,000 parents, health and education professionals. Rowan has authored the following policy initiatives Unplug – Don’t Drug: Routine Technology Screening Prior to Behavior Diagnosis and Medication, Schools Operating Safely – Child Behavior Management Policy and Procedures, Creating Sustainable Futures for Children of the New Millennium, and Linking Corporations to Communities – Technology Production Corporate Funding Opportunities for Schools and Communities.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453719520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453719527
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,393,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a parent with two young girls who are surrounded by digital media, I found this book to be very helpful in offering research information about the effects of technology on children, as well as provided information on how to balance technology with healthy activity. Previously, my wife and I were unaware of what factors children really need to grow and succeed e.g. movement, touch, human connection, and nature…which Cris Rowan talks about in her book. The last section provided a ton of information for not only parents, but health professionals, schools, and communities to plan for our children’s futures. Virtual Child is a book that everyone who has or works with children should read, in order to plan balance between technology and healthy activity.
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I am an author myself of a book about the influence of digital media on child development, so, more than most, I know just how spot on Cris Rowan is in this book. I consider it a must-read for parents, therapists and educators. It's well written and the content is compelling.

Hilarie Cash
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Cris Rowan’s book is a wonderful collection of documented scientific facts about what your child needs to achieve their highest developmental potential. Her attention to a child's need for attachment to family, touch, movement and nature has been very helpful for me as a mom of 4 children. She explains the scientific reasons why technology is not the best choice for young children, not that all technology is bad, but rather draws attention to the high costs of technology in the foundational season in a child’s life. She puts the science behind what I knew in my gut to be right: every minute in front of a screen is a minute my child is not engaging in a much needed developmental task. All screens tend to isolate kids and pull them away from active necessary play. I especially like the attention she draws to the importance of movement in a child’s life. As a mom and a medical professional I always knew that movement was an important part of child development but now I understand the science behind why it is necessary. As a mom of a child who struggled with gaming addiction I can say that her conclusions are right on. I wish I had read this book long before now; it would have saved our family a lot of pain. If you are a teacher, a health professional working with kids or a mom you will benefit greatly from this book, the detailed research is so valuable and she hits the ball out of the park with her applications for parenting and caring for the next generation.
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Cris Rowan writes a comprehensive book discussing the peer-reviewed research and her own personal experience as a health professional who works with children. She has experience with developmental problems in kids, and her work in children reveals the correlation between technology overuse, video game addiction, and serious behavioral manifestations.

If you're a parent, I highly recommend this book. All parents need to be educated in order to make informed decisions about their children and families.

I interviewed Cris about her book on YouTube: [...]

Andrew Doan, MD, PhD
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I have heard Ms. Rowan speak and she presents a balanced, insightful viewpoint regarding the use of technology by parents and educators. She is passionate (not "fanatical") and offers a wide range of published research data to back up her claims. I take issue with the reviewers who admit they have not read the book but feel obliged to review it.
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