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4 Tips For Helping Your Child Disconnect From The Electronic World

Stay Cool and Catch Pokémon at the Riodgewood Public Library

September 12,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Ever since Nintendo made the Pokemon Go video-game app available, young people have been exploring their communities with their eyes firmly fixed on their smartphones rather than on the wonders of the world.

If endless hours spent capturing imaginary creatures seems like an electronic addiction, it very well may be, but that’s nothing new. Many children have been plugged into electronic devices for a long time now, rarely looking up as they help virtual animals save the day, keep race cars on track and watch endless loops of videos on YouTube.

And that can be a concern, says Elaine Fogel Schneider, Ph.D., a therapist and author of “7 Strategies for Raising Calm, Inspired & Successful Children” (

“They are so attached to technology at such an early age and it’s changing their brain circuitry,” Schneider says. “They begin to lose the back and forth communication with their parents, and/or siblings, and the whole notion of empathy. For really young children, these devices have become the babysitter. I fully understand that parents need a break (as do grandparents), but there have to be limits.”

Schneider has tips for parents who worry about how they can control their child’s electronic pastime.

• Set rules. Limit the amount of time your child can spend on an electronic device and be consistent in enforcing those rules. This way your child knows that when you say he or she only has two minutes left, then there really is only two minutes left, not three or four hours.
• Use a timer. A timer does not “lie” and can take the blame away from you when you’re limiting your child’s time on the device. Use the timer that measures down the time your child is spending on the tablet, smartphone, and/or technological game, so that your child knows the end for using that device is approaching, and it won’t be a surprise when time is up. You can even have your child select a tone on the smartphone that he or she likes.
• Be ready with another activity.  Plan an alternative way of engaging your child so when the device is turned off, some other interest can be provided and take his or her mind off the electronic device. “Describe what you’re going to do so the child’s interest is piqued into doing something else that he or she enjoys,” Schneider says.
• Use these tips in your home at first. As with everything, at first there’s a learning curve, so there may be tantrums, tears, melt downs and even depression. That’s why Schneider recommends following these tips at home first. “I wouldn’t think of trying this out in public right away since I don’t think you want to endure the wrath or glances of diners or shoppers as they hear your child scream,” Schneider says.  In time, though, the child will know what is expected, she says, and will be able to disconnect from a smartphone, tablet, or other electronic device without major meltdowns.

“In the long run, you’re doing a service for your child by limiting the amount of time spent on an electronic device,” Schneider says. “I can remember hearing my own mother’s words, ‘I’m doing this for your own good!’ And that’s really true.”

About Elaine Fogel Schneider, Ph.D.

Elaine Fogel Schneider, author of the Amazon bestseller “7 Strategies for Raising Calm, Inspired & Successful Children” (, is one of the country’s leading authorities on touch therapy, and founder of Baby Steps, preparing young children for educational readiness and providing parent coaching. As a sought-after speaker and trainer, she offers interactive presentations and workshops for educators, parents and healthcare professionals.

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NJ TRANSIT Don’t Play Pokemon Go on the Train tacks

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August 27,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ,  NJ TRANSIT has announced its support of a joint letter released by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Association of American Railroads (AAR) urging safe behaviors in or near railroad tracks, stations and rail yard facilities in light of the popular Pokemon Go game.

Last week, the national railroad organizations sent the letter to John Hanke, chief executive officer for Niantic Labs, Inc., the maker of Pokemon Go. In it, they recommend that the Niantic Labs team consider ways to promote safety, particularly by avoiding the placement of Pokemon and virtual points of interest in the game on or near railroad tracks.

 “The public needs to be aware that NJ TRANSIT is an active system, with buses, trains and light rail vehicles moving constantly,’’ said Interim Executive Director Dennis Martin. “With a 24-7 transportation operation, a distracted pedestrian could unintentionally find themselves in harm’s way.’’

There have been no instances of anyone being injured on or near the NJ TRANSIT system as a result of playing this game, but NJ TRANSIT urges all game players to use extreme caution. NJ TRANSIT has been involved in an active campaign to increase the public’s awareness of potential risks while playing on or near the system. Social media tweets urging players to not get lured into danger and an increased safety campaign, such as posters reminding the public to “look up from their phones’’ were put into place soon after the game’s release earlier this summer.

“Safety is the No. 1 priority here at NJ TRANSIT for our customers and personnel,’’ said NJ TRANSIT”s Chief, Office of System Safety Gardner Tabon. “If you are going to play Pokemon Go, we want you to catch them all, but do so safely when around trains and buses.’’

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Stay Cool and Catch Pokémon at the Ridgewood Public Library

Stay Cool and Catch Pokémon at the Riodgewood Public Library
July 23,2016

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, Stay cool this weekend: catch Pokémon (Drowzee found in the stacks!) INSIDE the air-conditioned Ridgewood Library.

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While you are there dont for get the Library Café Summer Hours: Monday – Thursday: 10am – 4pm; Friday: 10am – 3pm; Saturday and Sunday, Closed. Now serving Fresh Brewed Iced Coffee!

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Always on the menu: RPL patrons’ favorite: Cranberry Chicken Salad Sandwich, as well as Egg Salad & Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Tossed Garden Salad and Homemade Baked Goods. See you at the Café.

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Catch Pikachu in Ridgewood, if you can

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RIDGEWOOD – Poké fever has hit Ridgewood.

With the release of the wildly popular app Pokémon Go, and based on the hordes of people walking the streets in search of their favorite creatures, it does not look like it will go away anytime soon.

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The legacy of Pokémon for millennials

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Feb 28th 2016, 0:17 BY S.M.

If 2016 is the year of the monkey, it surely belongs to its more famous animated cousin, Mankey. On February 27th, millions celebrated 20 years since the birth of Pokémon, a series conceived by Satoshi Tajiri, a video-game designer, in 1996 on the back of Gameboy’s successful worldwide launch in 1989. His idea was simple and extensive; an animation following the adventures of a young go-getter, Ash Ketchum, and his friends as they set about collecting creatures in a bid to enter tournaments and understand the infinite animal kingdom of pocket monsters. Celebrating 20 continuous years is a worthy milestone. Pokémon brought endless riches to those—including your correspondent—who grew up during a Japanese breakout in the 1990s.

Mr Satoshi’s imaginative world toes the line of many modern mythmakers; underpinning the animation is his childhood love of collecting insects, blended with Japan’s technological innovation. Crisp aesthetics spanning climates and pseudo-cultures, and an unlimited universe of creatures, gives Pokémon its distinct character. The catchphrase familiar to children of the 90s—“Gotta catch ‘em all”—encouraged a scientific purpose and an admiration for the unknown in inquisitive children. Pokémon is a Darwinian tale of observation, collection and recording with Buddhist mind-set, featuring a protagonist sporting denim jeans with a sense of adventure akin to a wandering Sufi.  With the exception of Star Wars, no multinational saga on the small or big screen comes close to this level of spirituality.

Pokémon’s crown as the ultimate in children’s entertainment is clear enough; more than 277m games sold, over 21.5 billion trading cards printed in 10 languages, 17 feature films and $57.65 billion in revenue as of 2015. No current-day phenomenon comes close to Pokemon-imperialism. Peppa Pig, a favourite for younger naysayers, can only claim $1 billion of revenue, including merchandise sales. Generation X tilts towards Scooby Doo. Neither can justifiably claim to outdo and outlive Japan’s most successful export. Such is Pokémon’s multiplatform success that even its proprietors are unable to pin a word onto it. On its official website, Pokémon is not limited to an animation, a video game. Nor is it merely a merchandise conveyor belt. Instead, the Pokémon Company describes the franchise as “one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world”, a multi-faced god bridging a gap between commercial success and on-screen creativity.

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Pokémon Go Is a Government Surveillance Psyop Conspiracy

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Ashley Feinberg
Yesterday 3:00pm

Less than a week after Pokémon Go’s launch, our streets are already filled with packs of phone-wielding, Weedle-catching zombies. They’re robbingour teens, filling our churches with sinners, and tricking our children into exercising. But worst of all, Pokémon Go is turning us all into an army of narcs in service of the coming New World Order.

Allow me to explain.

More like Privacy Poli-See Everything

Lots of apps have sketchy privacy policies, that’s nothing new. But the first set of alarms go off as soon as you realize that Pokémon Go’s policy does seem a bit more liberal than most, because not only are you giving Pokémon Go access to your location and camera, you’re also giving it full access to your Google account (assuming you use that to sign in).

There’s one section of the privacy policy in particular that seems to be getting the conspiracy theorists of the world up in arms and which Reddit user Homer_Simpson_Doh calls “very Orwellian”: