Big Disconnect Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age

ISBN-10: 0062082426

ISBN-13: 9780062082428

Edition: N/A

Authors: Catherine Steiner-Adair, Teresa H. Barker

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Have iPads replaced conversation at the dinner table? What do infants observe when their parents are on their smartphones? Should you be your child's Facebook friend? As the focus of family has turned to the glow of the screenchildren constantly texting their friends, parents working online around the clockeveryday life is undergoing a massive transformation. Easy availability to the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from the unsavory aspects of adult life. 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 around this issue, and even more so than they realize. Not only do chronic tech distractions have deep and lasting effects, but children 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 under-standing, authority, and confidence as they come up against the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms. We all know that deep connection with the people we love means everything to us. It's time to look with fresh eyes and an open mind at the disconnection we are experiencing from our extreme device dependence. It's never too late to put down the iPad and come to the dinner table.
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Book details

List price: $26.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 8/13/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Introduction: The Revolution in the Living Room
Lost in Connection: How the Tech Effect Puts Children's Development at Risk
The Brilliant Baby Brain: No Apps or Upgrades Needed
Mary Had a Little iPad: The Wisdom of Tradition, the Wonder of Tech: Ages Three to Five
Fast-Forward Childhood: When to Push Pause, Delete, and Play: Ages Six to Ten
Going, Going, Gone: Tweens, Screens, and the Perils of Independence: Ages Eleven to Thirteen
Teens, Tech, Temptation, and Trouble: Acting Out on the Big (and Little) Screen
Scary, Crazy, and Clueless: Teens Talk about How to Be a Go-To Parent in the Digital Age
The Sustainable Family: Turning Tech into an Ally for Closeness, Creativity, and Community
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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