Connected Parent : An Expert Guide to Parenting in a Digital World
by Palfrey, John; Gasser, Urs

Part I Growing Up in a Hyperconnected World
One Screen Time
Two Social Life
Three Privacy
Part II Some Topics Parents Worry About Most
Four Safety
Five Anxiety
Six Addiction
Seven Gaming
Part III Engaging the World Beyond the Home
Eight Diversity
Nine Learning
Ten Civic Life
Further Reading245(20)

"Today's teenagers spend an average of nine hours per day with their noses immersed in the glow of their screens. Tweens are not far behind, at six hours a day. Parents of this new, ultra-connected generation struggle with decisions completely new to parenting: Should they limit a child's screen time? Should an eight-year old be allowed to go on social media? What about playing video games with strangers? How can we keep them safe from harm when they go online? Are they going to grow up less socially able if their friendships are mostly conducted via text and emojis? In The Connected Parent, acclaimed childhood development and technology experts John Palfrey and Urs Gasser tackle these and other concerns of parents in the digital age. The book is organized by the topics parents have asked about most often, from screen time and safety to addiction and aggressive behavior. But rather than pretending to have the only-or even the best-advice for every child and every family, the authors share the evidence aswell as their own (sometimes strong) point of view, all in order to empower parents with ground-breaking insights that they can use to inform their approach for their own unique situations. The outcome of over a decade of research on children and technology conducted at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School, The Connected Parent is required reading for any parent trying to help their kids safely navigate the fast-changing, uncharted territory our hyper-connected world"-

John Palfrey is president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and a former faculty director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He previously served as head of school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Urs Gasser is executive director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a professor of practice at Harvard University. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

How to navigate one of the most challenging aspects of parenting: screen time. ‚??Today, virtually all children in well-off societies are growing up with a phone in their hand, access to much of recorded knowledge at their fingertips and a whole lot of questions in front of them about what life will be like,‚?Ě write Palfrey and Gasser. ‚??While there are exceptions‚?¶the lives of children are increasingly mediated by digital devices around the world.‚?Ě The authors are well-situated to tackle the subject: Palfrey is president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and a former faculty director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard, and Gasser is executive director at Berkman. Their philosophy is that parents must work to better understand how and why children use screen time in order to moderate the usage and help their children make healthy decisions. The authors suggest parents have open conversations about such topics as online safety and relationships established via social media, the dangers of sexting, and the importance of privacy. Other key areas of discussion include bullying and harassment; anxiety regarding one‚??s online status compared to others; the balance between enjoying the interconnectedness of the internet and being addicted to it; diversity and civic engagement; and video games. Regarding the last, the authors cite a 2018 Pew Research study: ‚??Around 90 percent of American teens aged thirteen to seventeen say they play video games on a computer, game console, or cell phone.‚?Ě The authors effectively combine research and anecdote, and they carefully sum up their recommendations at the end of each chapter along with a list of common questions. Because the influence of technology will only grow in coming years, this thorough investigation is a welcome addition to the parenting shelves. Solid scrutiny of the role technology plays in the lives of children and how parents can arbitrate their usage. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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