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Crimes of Technology

Letter to the Editor:

Crimes of Technology (139 words)

K. Pemberton’s March 27 article “Violence in the classroom” fails to highlight the salient causal factor in escalating child aggression, the over use of violent media technology (Anderson C 2009). At an average 8 hours per day exposure to entertainment technology (Kaiser Foundation 2010), subsequent child aggression is wreaking devastating consequences on classroom behavior. While the US has categorized media violence as a public health risk due to causal links to child aggression (Huesmann L 2007), Canada continues to blame its Education Ministries for decreased funding for support workers. Increased use of restraints, seclusion rooms, and medication to address the mounting tide of child aggression is unethical and inhumane, and more likely to increase safety risks to both students and teachers. It’s time to implement media literacy and balanced technology management programs in school-based settings, before it’s too late.

Cris Rowan, BScOT, BScBi, SIPT

CEO Zone’in Programs Inc.

6840 Seaview Rd.

Sechelt, BC V0N3A4

604-885-0986

crowan@zonein.ca

The Schools Operating Safely – Child Behavior Management Policy is one such initiative, and advocates for implementation of ten evidenced based alternatives to keep students and teachers safe. Check it out at www.zonein.ca. I’m speaking on this topic to BC Ministry representatives April 29, 2010, and will be featured on CBC TV’s Doc Zone in October episode on Info Overload.