Experts on Screen Effects, Internet Addiction, Wireless Radiation, and Student Privacy Assemble to Discuss the Pressing Need to Limit Technology Use in Schools to Protect Children
A forum on technology and screen time risks to children is planned for Thursday, April 20th 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Field House Event Center, 1600 Federal Boulevard, in Denver. (Happy Hour to mix and mingle with panelists and other concerned citizens before the event begins at 5:30 p.m.) The Expert Forum on Children and Screens, organized by Screen Time Colorado, and spearheaded by Heather Lahdenpera, L.Ac. and Christine Zipps, brings together a range of experts with different types of expertise related to risks of technology use by children in schools.
Risks to children include screen effects, such as overstimulation, light and flicker effects, impacts from immersive effects of games and virtual reality, and internet and technology addiction, wireless radiation health risks, impacts on cognitive function and learning, and technology-related student privacy risks.
Parents, teachers, school administrators, PTA representatives, health practitioners and policymakers are highly encouraged to attend. Advance registration is recommended. Donations are appreciated but there is no admission charge. For more information go to Screen Time Colorado and also read an overview on the subject here.
Camilla Rees, MBA of ElectromagneticHealth.org, Campaign for Radiation Free Schools and Manhattan Neighbors for Safer Telecommunications, and an expert on the biological and health effects of electromagnetic fields, will be one of the panelists on April 20th.
Rees says, “Screen Time Colorado has organized a unique format where children’s health advocates from numerous perspectives and areas of expertise—but all focused on screen time and technology in schools—are coming together to raise red flags.” She says, “Mistakes have been made bringing technology, and especially wireless technology, into the classroom, particularly in the younger years. This forum will shine a light on these mistakes and propose solutions.”
She adds, “What is financially good for the multi-billion dollar Ed-Tech industry is in many cases harming our children. It is all too obvious to health practitioners, and to an increasing number of parents, that an entire generation is at risk.”
The Screen Time Colorado forum at the Denver Field House Event Center on April 20th is expected to raise questions, such as:
- Given the scientific evidence for screen time risks, why are schools so eagerly embracing technology and turning a blind eye to its downsides?
- Should there be limits set on screen time in schools?
- Should the significant risk for tech addiction be more openly and widely discussed among school administrators, faculty, parents and children so that trouble can be spotted early?
- Is school (and school district) technology strategy decided independently from technology and wireless industry influence?
- Why is wireless technology, which can impair cognitive function, and thus learning, being used at all in schools, if safe, hard-wired internet options are readily available, and are faster and more secure?
- Why are schools, in their use of technology, agreeing to potentially very serious student privacy violations?
- What can parents, teachers, schools, health practitioners and policymakers do to minimize risks and to take effective action in the interest of children?
ElectromagneticHealth.org encourages concerned Colorado parents, teachers, school administrators and health practitioners, as well as all legislators concerned with the health and education of children, to attend this important educational event on April 20th.
For more information and to Register, go to ScreenTimeColorado.com.
Media, please register with co-organizer Christine Zipps – email@example.com
See Media Advisory here.
Panelist Bios & Photos:
Victoria Dunckley, MD is an Integrative Child Psychiatrist who specializes in children with complex or treatment-resistant mental health conditions. In her book, Reset Your Child’s Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time, she outlines how everyday use of interactive screen devices can easily overstimulate a child’s nervous system, triggering a variety of behavioral, learning and mental health symptoms. She finds a strict electronic four-week fast single-handedly improves mood, focus, sleep, and behavior, regardless of the child’s diagnosis, and can often also greatly reduce the need for medication.
Camilla Rees, MBA is a researcher, health educator, and expert on the biologic and health effects of RFR. She is founder of ElectromagneticHealth.org, Campaign for Radiation Free Schools, Manhattan Neighbors for Safer Telecommunications and co-founder of the International EMF Alliance (Oslo). She authored The Wireless Elephant in the Room, co-authored Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution, and is Senior Policy Advisor to the National Institute for Science, Law and Public Policy in Washington, D.C. Camilla lectures around the world raising awareness of this issue that faces us all.
Tracy Markle, MA, LPC has worked in the field of mental health, recovery, and education for the past 25 years. Tracy and the team at Digital Media Treatment and Education Center, in collaboration with Collegiate Coaching Services founded by Tracy in 2008, provide education, psychotherapy, and intervention support to to clients who are 10 years old and older and their families who are impacted by the effects of technology and common co-existing factors such as, depression, isolation, academic failure, and more. Tracy also contributed to a clinician’s handbook set to be published in 2017, Internet Addiction in Children and Adolescents: Risk Factors, Treatment, and Prevention.
Cheri Kiesecker is a Colorado parent and active advocate for children’s privacy. She is a frequent blogger and member of many organizations, including Parent Coalition for Student Privacy. Cheri and Leonie Haimson wrote this Washington Post article explaining the many ways student data is being collected and shared.
Cindy Eckard is a Maryland parent who has spearheaded legislation in her state that aims to create medically-sound safety guidelines for the use of digital devices in public schools. Her Op Eds have appeared in the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post, and BAM! Radio Networks’ blog, EdWords. The public can access medical studies regarding digital device health risks, hear radio interviews, see television news interviews, watch legislative hearings and learn more about the Maryland classroom safety legislation process on her website, www.screensandkids.us
Heather Lahdenpera – Moderator and Co-Sponsor is a passionate mom, licensed acupuncturist and Oriental Medicine practitioner, physical therapist, and educator regarding the biological health effects of RFR. She is active politically in the state of Colorado with an interest in health policies.
Christine Zipps – Host and Co-Sponsor is a natural wellness researcher/writer and editor, certified plant-based nutritionist, independent consumer advocate and founder of Studio LUNA Press & WIRED in COLORADO.
Field House Event Center, Denver – April 20th
Happy Hour 5:30; Program 6:30-8:30 p.m.
1600 Federal Blvd
Denver, CO 80204
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