As a mom I've thought about parenting a lot, but there is one area that is new for all of us- technology and social networking. I've been able to curb the issue so far since the kids are so young, but I am kind of dreading the day when they are ready to really get online. So far their online experiences have been limited to educational sites and kids' videos on YouTube. And cell phones are banned until they have a car. :)
Growing Up Social is written by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane. It addresses some of the bigger issues with this overload of technology, like the tendency for people to ignore the real world while they are glued to their screens. A lot of people have already lost the ability to hold an intelligent conversation, and worse, how to appropriately talk in relationships. Think about all of the recent posts online about break-ups via text message. Technology cannot replace face-to-face interaction, and we have to teach the importance of real conversation with our children.
The chapters in the book are organized into two main sections- A+ Skills and Screen Time. Each one discusses a different aspect of what needs to be taught, such as affection and attention. They also focus on how technology affects aspects of parenting, like how much authority we have. The end of the book has a quiz to help you evaluate how much technology is affecting your home and a discussion guide to go with each chapter.
Check out the trailer for the book to learn more--
Overall I recommend this book to any parent. Technology and social networking aren't going to go away and we need to learn how to work with it the best we can. Not only will we create a more peaceful and healthy environment in our homes, we will teach our children how to do the same later in life.
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