Kerry Crofton is a mother, grandmother and health educator. She is the founder of the Canadian nonproﬁt Global Alliance for Brain & Heart Health, and author of The Healthy Type A and A Wellness Guide for the Digital Age.
Her background includes stress and wellness consulting and heart health education. She has been teaching wellness programs and mindfulness meditation for many years. As “Momma Zen” she led the morning meditation
at the ﬁrst Camp Grounded® – a tech-free summer camp for adults – in the redwood forests of California. She is also the medical commentator on electromagnetic radiation for the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine.
Kerry offers Less Screen, More Green and Mindful Tech™ programs for families, schools, workplaces and communities with mindfulness-based digital detox.
With her international team of experts including:
Screentime Expert Victoria Dunckley, MD
Dr. Dunckley is an integrative child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. She is the author of Reset Your Child’s Brain.
She reports that interactive screentime can overstimulate and stress the developing nervous system, particularly in children with vulnerabilities.
Reversing the effects of electronic screentime:
“Screen media is unnaturally intense in sensory, cognitive, and psychological input. Designed to keep the user engaged, it tends to overstimulate the nervous system. The brain interprets all this stimulating input as a form of stress. This in turn triggers fight-or-flight reactions and a high state of arousal, making it difficult to wind down and sleep deeply.
“My book details the science behind how electronics use causes the nervous system to malfunction, how that malfunction translates into different symptoms in different children.
Benefits of the Reset Program:
Normalizes hormones, enhances deep sleep, reduces “excitability” of brain cells, relieves over-stimulated reward (addiction) and sensory pathways
Strengthens mood regulation and stress tolerance; increases capacity for eye contact, reciprocal conversation, and empathy; decreases stress, arguing and negotiating.”
Dr. Dunckley’s 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 is an excellent resource.
Screentime expert Tripler Pell, MD
is a family physician, researcher and medical school teacher. She has a background in academic medicine, and enjoys translating current evidence into practical information to help families stay healthy. Dr. Pell is also an active mother of three.
Dr. Pell’s advice for other health providers:
“The most important thing health-care providers can do is to start asking the simple question, ‘How much time are you spending on a screen?’ as part of routine patient interactions. This intake question should be as standard as asking about other aspects of health, like physical exercise, eating habits and substance use.
"A useful follow-up question to ask for problematic overuse would be, 'how much screentime is for work or for pleasure, and how much is lost time?’
"There is more work that needs to be done to understand the effects (particularly neurocognitive and inter-relational effects) better, but there is enough evidence to show that decreasing screentime, and emphasizing physical movement and real-time interpersonal relationships are the keys to healthy individuals and societies.”
With her children, Dr. Pell wrote Blinky and The Phone Fiasco: A Family Guide to Screentime Limits. Second edition 2018, Indigo Press.
In this book Dr. Pell raises medical concerns about the health effects of digital media on our children’s health, and offers practical interventions.
Her website: www.triplerpell.com
with quotes, contributions and resources from the works of:
Judson Brewer, MD, is a psychiatrist specializing in addiction issues, Director of Research at the Mindfulness Center Brown University.
David Carpenter, MD, is the director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany.
Devra Davis, PhD, is a Nobel co-laureate epidemiologist, public health expert and founder of Environmental Health Trust.
Gayatri Devi, MD, MS, is a neurologist specializing in brain injury medicine, behavioral neurology and neuropsychiatry.
Deb Doncaster is President of Earth Day Canada and an advocate of unstructured outdoor play for children.
Victoria Dunckley, MD, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and expert in electronic screentime. She developed the Reset program.
Sharon Goldberg, MD, is an internal medicine specialist and researcher specializing in environmental medicine.
Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD, is a Swedish oncologist whose research focuses on environmental risks and preventative measures.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, founder of MBSR (mindfulness-based stress reduction) is professor emeritus at the Univ. of Mass. Medical School.
Richard Louv is a journalist and author. He is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network.
Erica Mallery-Blythe, MD, is a UK physician and specialist in environmental medicine and public health education.
Rob Metzinger is an electronics engineering technologist and a certified Building Biology Environmental Consultant.
Joel Moskowitz, PhD, is an epidemiologist and Director of the Center for Family and Community Health at UC Berkeley.
Tripler Pell, MD, MSc, is a physician specializing in both mental and environmental health, with a background in academic medicine.
Alasdair Philips, BSc, DAgE, is an electrical engineer and a founder of Powerwatch, a UK nonprofit focusing on environmental wellness.
Cris Rowan, BSc, is an occupational therapist and Founder of Zone In, a program focused on the issue of children and technology.
Stephen Sinatra, MD, is cardiologist and one of the founders of The American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine.
Mari Swingle, PhD, is a neuroscientist with a specialty in digital addiction and the effects on the brain and behaviour.