Clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair takes an in-depth look at how the Internet and the digital revolution are profoundly changing childhood and family dynamics, and offers solutions parents can use to successfully shepherd their children through the technological wilderness.
As the focus of the family has turned to the glow of the screen—children constantly texting their friends or going online to do homework; parents working online around the clock—everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation. Easy access to the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from damaging exposure to excessive marketing and the unsavory aspects of adult culture. Parents often feel they are losing a meaningful connection with their children. Children are feeling lonely and alienated. The digital world is here to stay, but what are families losing with technology's gain?
As renowned clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair explains, families are in crisis as they face this issue, and even more so than they realize. Not only do chronic tech distractions have deep and lasting effects but children also desperately need parents to provide what tech cannot: close, significant interactions with the adults in their lives. Drawing on real-life stories from her clinical work with children and parents and her consulting work with educators and experts across the country, Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that can help parents achieve greater understanding, authority, and confidence as they engage with the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms.
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About the Author
Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD, is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant, author, and speaker. She maintains a private practice in Massachusetts, is a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an associate psychologist at McLean Hospital, and speaks worldwide to numerous audiences, including educators, health professionals, PTAs, religious groups, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Revolution in the Living Room 1
Chapter 1 Lost in Connection: How the Tech Effect Puts Children's Development at Risk 33
Chapter 2 The Brilliant Baby Brain: No Apps or Upgrades Needed 66
Chapter 3 Mary Had a Little iPad: The Wisdom of Tradition, the Wonder of Tech: Ages Three to Five 99
Chapter 4 Fast-Forward Childhood: When to Push Pause, Delete, and Play: Ages Six to Ten 129
Chapter 5 Going, Going, Gone: Tweens, Screens, and the Perils of Independence: Ages Eleven to Thirteen 162
Chapter 6 Teens, Tech, Temptation, and Trouble: Acting Out on the Big (and Little) Screen 193
Chapter 7 Scary, Crazy, and Clueless: Teens Talk about How to Be a Go-To Parent in the Digital Age 226
Chapter 8 The Sustainable Family: Turning Tech into an Ally for Closeness, Creativity, and Community 260
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Well researched book that every parent, grandparent, caregiver, librarian, educator, psychologist should read. Talk to your child, read to your child, bring him/her to the playground, use blocks, ride on toys etc. Disconnect yourself from tech toys and be present for your children. Research shows stunted language development and lack of preparation for reading being some of the effects of putting kids in front of the myriad tech products out there.The Steiner-Adair has written a ground-breaking book.