The Negative Effect Of Too Much Technology On Kids And Teens - Author John Crippen Offers A Solution

Author John Crippen demonstrates that although children and teens can develop a tendency to withdraw from the world as the result of using too much technology, there is one form of technology that will draw kids and teens back into the real world
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March 30, 2010 - PRLog -- There are hundreds of studies and surveys which clearly demonstrate that kids and teens are being negatively affected by interacting with modern technology. From cell phones to video games, computers to dvd’s, the documented effect on kids and teens is unquestionably negative. These negative effects are caused primarily by the tendency to withdraw from social interaction, withdrawal from society in general, a lack of exercise – even vitamin deficiencies resulting from lack of sunshine. Author John Crippen believes however there is one form of technology that draws kids and teen back into the world and actually increases their interaction with the world.

“Cameras,” stated Mr. Crippen, “could be said to be one of the only forms of modern day technology that require that the participant interact directly with the world around him or her. Photography and cameras sharpen and enhance creative thinking, improve observational skills and allow kids and teens to reconnect with the world around them.”

John Crippen’s new book, Cameras For Kids, is a fun filled book full of projects for young children. The projects found in Cameras For Kids are fun, simple and inexpensive to create. The book was written to stimulate art and creativity at an early age. Basic camera functions, settings, and even basic composition are covered in this book which is recommended for ages 7 through 14 years of age.

Camera functions, operating modes and simple composition concepts are described in easy to understand language. The concepts are accompanied by colorful images, icons, and example demonstrations for children to try on their own.

“The book was created,” continued Mr. Crippen, “with educators and parents in mind and can be easily adapted to a curriculum for art and enrichment programs. The program has been presented to a wide range of students in the Atascadero Unified School District, on the California Central Coast. The kids are very enthusiastic about the program. The book has already been adopted by districts and libraries.”

Apex Reviews said of Cameras For Kids “In an age when more and more parents tend to complain about the sedentary, video game obsessed culture in which their children are being raised, Cameras For Kids provides a wide assortment of healthy alternatives, encouraging children not only to engage their minds - but also their bodies - in the active exploration of the world around them.”

As a compliment to the book, there is a Cameras For Kids website with free instructions and information on photography, downloadable lesson plans for teachers, and even assistance in writing grants for schools with tight budgets. The website has many other topics for children to explore such as articles on animals, nature, and science. Designed to be an overall positive and enriching learning experience, the Cameras for Kids Website was created to reconnect children, parents, and teachers with the world around them.

“Unlike other electronic devices such as computers, TVs, MP3 players, cell phones, and video games,” stated Mr. Crippen, “the digital camera encourages kids to get outside, explore, and exercise. It is a form of technology kids can enjoy while providing all the benefits they miss while engaging with other forms of technology.”

Mr. Crippen is available for media interview and can be reached using the information below or by email at More information is available at the authors website.

Cameras For Kids
John Crippen
ISBN: 978-1449502355

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John Crippen is a published author with 6 books prior to camera for kids. He is an active advocate for kids, nature, and wildlife. His photography is noted in several books and journals as well as galleries and the California Central Coast. He also holds a degree in Psychology and has also taken classes in Early Child Developement. John has also worked with the developmentally disabled and enjoys being an educator.
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