Children now use 7.5 hours per day of technology, at great cost to their health and academic performance. One third of children enter school developmentally delayed, and one in four children are obese. Child aggression is causing significant behaviour challenges in schools and homes, as evidenced by soaring rates of child behaviour diagnosis and use of psychotropic medications. Sleep deprived, isolated and illiterate, the ways in which we raise and educate new millennium children are threatening their very sustainability.
Zone’in Programs Inc. intends to change the ways in which children use technology – forever. Our mandate is to support a growing global network of people and organizations who are committed to ensuring children balance activities they need for growth and success, with technology use. Working to enact strategic initiatives in both the health and education sectors, foundation teams comprised of key players from six different target sectors can effectively manage balance between activity and technology. Termed Balanced Technology Management (BTM), enactment of strategic initiatives will strive to minimize and prevent detrimental effects of technology, thus creating sustainable futures for all children.
Balanced Technology Management Foundation Teams will function optimally if composed of representatives from the following six sectors: parent, teacher, health professional, government, researcher, and technology production corporations. Working closely with Zone’in Programs Inc., BTM Foundation Teams will review a list of pre-determined health and education initiatives that will ensure optimal child development and academic success. Specific suggestions for each of the six target sectors can be viewed in the following slide show format http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMIfPtDuDiw. Choice of individual BTM initiatives by BTM Foundation Team members, should accurately reflect the demographics and composition of the community. Funding options could be government based, or by application to technology production corporations.
We would like to extend an open invitation to all interested parties to step forward and join a global network of locally based Balanced Technology Management (BTM) Foundation Teams. Your group might originate from an existing parent or government organization, or from interested educators or health professionals. Click here to find an application form for your Balanced Technology Management (BTM) Foundation Team. Once your application has been processed, you will be emailed an invitation to join the BTM Group Forum, where your BTM Foundation Team can be connected with other teams for information sharing purposes, and to view progress and outcomes. Researchers may want to identify a local group to track and evaluate specific outcomes of a wide variety of BTM initiatives.
Additional information regarding Balanced Technology Management Foundation Teams can be found in Section III of Cris Rowan’s new book Virtual Child – The terrifying truth about what technology is doing to children available on Amazon.com.
We are looking forward to an exciting and epic shift in how children use technology in 2015. Come and join us!