I cannot emphasize enough how valuable and insightful this book is. I have seen several books published recently that almost condemn technology and attempt to persuade families to remove all forms of it or at least limit it extremely. I do agree that it's wise to limit technology use among children and adults, but what I loved about this book was their general acceptance of the tech-driven world we live in and how to raise children that are still wise and social within that atmosphere.
We can control technology within our homes and it's wise to do so, but we don't have a ton of control on technology outside of our homes. A majority of jobs require the use of technology and the best thing we can do as parents is teach our children how to use technology wisely along with emphasizing social skills.
Chapman and Pellicane structure the book into three parts:
- Part 1 - Kids on Tech: this part discusses the impact screen time has on children's brain, relationships, safety, and emotional health. I absolutely loved this first part. They provided significant research and statistics to validate their findings. It's shocking and convicting as a believing parent how technology is shaping the next generation long term.
- Part 2 - The A+ Social Skills: this part was also extremely beneficial. They provided much needed insight, wisdom and practical strategies for teaching children the skills of affection, appreciation, anger management, apology and attention.
- Part 3 - Restart Your Home: this last part should be convicting to any parent as it addresses your personal screen time and how that effects your children, your expectations for their screen time and your willingness to make a change in your home. It also provides a real-life Q&A from parents with different tech driven scenarios.
The end of the book includes two quizzes: Does your child have too much screen time? and Is your child addicted to video games? I found these quizzes to be more of a simple gauge to see where your kids might land on the scale of technology obsession but not a definitive answer. There is flexibility in knowing that every family, every child, every home is unique and the technology rules implemented within each home will not look the same.
Every parent, grandparent, teacher, etc. should read this book.
I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.