Topics Cris can speak to:
- Attachment to Devices – connected parents are disconnected from their children, who as a default, form unhealthy attachments to devices.
- Child Addictions – the underlying causal factor for addictions is failure of the primary attachment system. Now – for the first time in the history of mankind, CHILDREN have addictions. Cris has created a ten step plan for families to unplug.
- Societal Norms – technology addictions are normalized by society, limiting any interventions. I’ve created the Technology Screen for distribution to parents by health and education professionals to determine technology usage rates, and plan for reduction strategies.
- Child Sustainability – are the ways in which we are educating and raising our children sustainable? Likely not. One in three children are developmentally delayed at school entry and will not attain literacy, one in four are obese, one in six have a diagnosed mental illness, and new research is showing the electromagnetic radiation emitted from these devices is hazardous to both physical and mental health.
- Technology and the Developing Brain – Children are born with a full complement of neurons. The job of the brain from birth to death, is to prune 2/3 of neurons in accordance to environmental stimuli. Children who use over 2 hours per day of fast paced, violent media content, are pruning neuronal tracks to their frontal lobes.
- 4 Critical Factors for Development – Children require lots of movement, touch, human connection, and access to nature, in order to optimize development and learning. Technology use is sedentary, isolating, overstimulating, and denotes neglect.
- The Learning Paradox – The more children use ‘education’ technology, the less likely they are to learn. Schools need to ensure basic foundation skills are intact for attaining literacy, prior to use of technology in school settings.
- Moving to Learn – Research indicates movement and nature enhance attention and learning. Stimulation to a child’s developing vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile and attachment systems, optimize academic performance.
- Disconnect to Reconnect – As parents and teachers attach more and more to devices, they are detaching from children. In the absence of the attentive adult, detached children are forming unhealthy attachment (and addiction) to devices.
- Unplug – Don’t Drug – Prior to diagnosing and treating problematic child behaviors, as a first line intervention, health professionals should perform mandatory technology usage screens, and provide technology management strategies to parents.
- Media Violence and Child Aggression – As entertainment technologies escalate sexual and physical violence content, aggression in children becomes normalized. The younger the exposure to video games and pornography, the more hardwired the brain becomes for aggression and perversion.
- Trafficking, ISUS, Abduction – Whenever a child is online and unsupervised, they are at risk for predation. Pimps, terrorists, and pedophiles are accessing child profiles through Facebook, Minecraft, World of Warcraft, MeChat etc. Online tracking apps are helpful. Restricting device use may be eminent.
- Go Wired – Radiation from wireless devices has been categorized by WHO as a Group 2B carcinogen. Children’s body/brain is more aqueous, and skull thinner, thus absorbing more radiation than adults. Children’s cell turnover is faster than adults. Precautionary measures to protect children from long term effects of wireless radiation are imperative.
"We are just seeing the tip of a huge iceberg that the education and health professions have only just begun to detect, much less understand. Your documentary is timely, and incredibly important."