This book is a MUST READ for parents today Not only is it practical and full of interesting social history, but it s also hilarious I am definitely a member of the last analog dinosaurs While my little ones do not have phones yet, I feel prepared now for when they do.Thank you Tarcher Perigee for providing me with an advanced copy It is already well worn with highlights and post its For Parents Who Didn T Grow Up With Smartphones But Can T Let Go Of Them Now, Expert Advice On Raising Kids In Our Constantly Connected World Most Kids Get Their First Smartphone At The Same Time That They Re Experiencing Major Developmental Changes Making Mistakes Has Always Been A Part Of Growing Up, But How Do Parents Help Their Kids Navigate Childhood And Adolescence At A Time When Social Media Has The Potential To Magnify The Consequences Of Those Mistakes Rather Than Spend All Their Time Worrying About The Worst Case Scenario, Readers Get A Bigger Picture Understanding Of Their Kids Digital Landscape Drawing On Research And Interviews With Educators, Psychologists, And Kids Themselves, Raising A Screen Smart Kid Offers Practical Advice On How Parents Can Help Their Kids Avoid The Pitfalls And Reap The Benefits Of The Digital Age By Using Social Media To Enhance Connection With Friends And Family, Instead Of Following Strangers And Celebrities, Which Is A Predictor Of Loneliness And Depression Finding Online Support And Community For Conditions Such As Depression And Eating Disorders, While Avoiding Potential Triggers Such As Thinspiration Pinterest Boards Learning And Developing Life Skills Through Technology For Example, By Problem Solving In Online Games While Avoiding Inappropriate ContentWritten By A Public Health Expert And The Creator Of The Popular Blog Rants From Mommyland, This Book Shows Parents How To Help Their Kids Navigate Friendships, Bullying, Dating, Self Esteem, And Online My son recently discovered Minecraft We have had a number of unnerving conversations about the various uses for rotten flesh He has built a hotel and enchanted a number of pigs He is 6 years old I was not prepared Three years ago, I left my corporate job as a technical writer and became an instructor at a community college In almost every class that I teach, I fight for attention with 25 screens Phones buzz and beep and steal my instructional thunder Again, I felt clueless.How do I thread the tech needle How do I give my kids the one at home and the ones in the classroom access to what they need while safeguarding them from what they don t need on the big, scary Internet Julianna Miner has some answers.Miner, an adjunct professor of global and community health at George Mason University, has written Raising a Screen Smart Kid Embrace the Good and Avoid the Bad in the Digital Age As someone who readily dives into philosophical rabbit holes and often finds herself in too deep to dig her way back out, I appreciate Miner s practical approach to helping families navigate the digital world She spends at least as much time offering guidance as she does philosophizing about issues Her insight into how young people use technology is thoughtful and evidence based But parents, caretakers, and mentors need help putting that insight and evidence into practice Here, Miner saves the day She explains the psychology behind certain online behaviors, and she ends each chapter ends with a list of takeaways, including questions for readers to ask of themselves or their family Why do you think your child should have a phone or computer and simple steps to improve their family s overall tech health Give lots of warnings that a transition is coming, for example, We re turning this off in five minutes.Miner addresses many of our biggest digital anxieties online relationships, gaming, ADHD, bullying, self esteem, and But her tone is optimistic She emphasizes that mentoring, much than monitoring, will help young people to navigate the tricky world of life online Grownups, Miner points out, must own up to their own online habits and model healthy behavior for the kids in their lives This book is a surprisingly easy and engaging read, which is not often the case with research based parenting tomes But when Miner is not teaching, she is writing for her successful and hilarious blog, Rants from Mommyland Her openness, coupled with her strong humorist writing chops, adds a warm, engaging touch to a book that tackles such a thorny subject She shares personal stories of her own adolescent misadventures and of arguments with her own teens I especially appreciated a story she shared about her son, a seventh grader who longs to have an Instagram account I mean, I know my kid, and I know what s best for him is to wait another year But with that choice comes very real social consequences And he has to pay them, not me This is a trade off I m making for him, and frankly it feels like a no win situation If I let him get on social media early, I run the risk of his encountering a situation that he may not be able to handle If I don t allow him on social media early, he runs the risk of being excluded from a big group of kids As if middle school weren t hard enough She gets it She s one of us But Miner comes prepared with a boatload of data and the know how to harness that data As parents, caretakers, and mentors, we can t sanitize the World Wide Web, but with Miner s advice, we can help our kids navigate those murky waters safely. This book is about how the digital age is affecting our kids and how to manage it as a parent I can t even put well to words the sensation as I have been reading it It reminds me of the Home Advisor commercials where someone asks their neighbor for a home repair recommendation and then expects that person to do all the research and get back to them That is this book It s like I asked my smartest and most trusted and respected friend my questions about the internet and my teens She then went out, did extensive research, wrote it all down and published it She even got me an advanced copy so I could read it during my vacation the only time I seem to have time to read anyway Seriously It is informing but relatable with the research I wish I had time to do myself It s not preachy and not doom and gloom It s thought provoking but importantly conversation provoking I highly recommend it Holy shit this book I m so lucky to have scored an advance copy First I don t feel judged Zero judgment How many parenting books can you say THAT about Second So engaging Julie mixes in witty anecdotes with all the factual, statistical action so your eyes don t roll back in your head by the seventh bar graph Third REAL, ACTIONABLE ADVICE In summary SO GOOD Go get it. Realistic and sensible guide to dealing with and how to embrace the technology in our kid s lives She gives us practical advise on how to introduce tech, monitor it, and helps parents to understand the value and risk in it. If you ve ever wished you had a sensible friend with your best interest at heart AND the expertise to explain how teenage brains experience our digital world, well, now you do Thank you to the publisher for sending me an advance copy of this book It s helped me to face The Fear I feel for my kids every time I encounter a new internet horror story Each chapter takes on a scenario you ve heard about on the news cyberbullying, videogame addiction, online predators, etc and explains what s it really like for the teen or tween at the center of it, as well as the actual likelihood of your own kid encountering that situation With that context, the author provides parents with tools specific questions to consider, conversations to have, and actions to take so that our kids can enjoy the benefits of growing up digital without ending up on the evening news Required reading Thank you for this book Great book with solid, practical advice for parents to help their kids navigate and stay safe in today s digital world.
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- 288 pages
- Raising a Screen-Smart Kid
- Julianna Miner
- 12 December 2019 Julianna Miner