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Generation Text: Raising Well-Adjusted Kids in an Age of Instant Everything Hardcover – July 23, 2008

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The pervasiveness of technology in the lives of American youth and the speed with which it changes have created a social and psychological environment that they essentially must navigate on their own. That’s what worries parents, according to Osit, a clinical psychologist, who finds that conflict over technology is at the core of many problems in the families he treats. Aggressive personality traits, impulse control, and social skills used to be influenced by social interaction and are now subject to interaction via electronic messaging and communication, where facial expression and body language are absent and, sometimes, strangers are present. Osit addresses the primary challenges of overcoming parental guilt by buying ever more and new gadgets for children and “modeling down,” providing privileges to younger children. Drawing on research and his own practice, Osit explores ways that parents can develop the skills they need—balance, early intervention, and monitoring—to reduce the impact of technology and the accompanying notions of instant gratification and instant, if fleet, communication. --Vanessa Bush

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“…although he targets parents, you'll find plenty of helpful tips for teaching students in the Internet age.” -- Instructor magazine



"…lays out comprehensive strategies…parents can adopt to teach children…skills…they will need to grow into happy and successful adults." -- Future Survey magazine



“… wondered how to deal with…challenges of excess and technological access while raising your kids…read Generation Text.” -- Mama's Musing’s http://diaryofamother.blogs.com



“Valuable not only to parents but also to teachers, librarians, and others who work with teens…”

VOYA magazine



“…this book provides pragmatic and sensible strategies readers can use to address the unique issues faced by children surrounded by infinite choices...and very few limits…”

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“… offers 21st century parents a road map for establishing meaningful boundaries and instilling smart decision-making in kids..important value for growing into the teen years.” -- Rutherford Parent



“…book offers parents insight into exchanging your child’s expectation of instant gratification for an identity formed by appropriate limits and… open communication with Mom and Dad.” – Living with Teenagers



"...explores ways that parents can develop the skills they need—balance, early intervention, and monitoring—to reduce the impact of technology and the accompanying notions of instant gratification and...communication." -- Booklist

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: AMACOM (July 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814409326
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814409329
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,497,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Flyalien on March 4, 2016
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This book is awful. I was hoping for the science available from the limited time extensive tech has been mainstream and it's full of alarmism and nonsense instead.

It's filled with flawed analogies and ridiculously extreme examples. It's also written in an offensive tone-you really get the feeling you're having a conversation with someone who thinks non-adults are not actual human beings, but some kind of stupid sub-species. That's not how I feel about my children and I don't need any advice from someone who does!

The other thing is, all the examples I read (I can't finish this junk) are of wealthy people who work nearly 24/7 and are terrible parents. So how is that the child's fault? If a child has never been parented, why the insulting tone about how they've "turned out"? What his clients seem to need is for the parents to get a kick in the pants, not to blame technology for the problems they've caused their children.

I'm literally throwing this book in the trash so that I'm not partly responsible for some poor kid's future suffering. For context, I was born in the later 70s and my kids range from infant to middle teens.
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Dr. Osit has managed to capture every frustrating thought surrounding the massive generational gap that technology has created, and not only narrate it with incredible ease, but provide logical and sound explanations and solutions to problems created by this extraordinary phenomenon.

The writing is smart, fluent, well thought out, and entertaining. Dr. Osit creates the right balance of humor and intellect to provide a smooth read for any individual who is curious to know why they simply "cannot reach their teenager nowadays." His insight is very profound, and he has finally shed some light on all the questions that parents of today have about their children.

Questions ranging from, "How did he learn to type so fast?" to "My daughter says she has hundreds of friends, so how come I've never seen her get together with any?" are all answered in Dr. Osit's "Generation Text: Raising Well Adjusted Kids in an Age of Instant Everything." The writing is witty and smart, the message is clear, and the answers are finally starting to make sense.

My recommendation? Buy this book. 5 Stars, hands down.
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I recommend this book for parents, teachers and anybody involved in the lives of young people. Dr. Osit has done a terrific job packing a ton of valuable content into a book accessible for busy parents and educators. The writing is clever and direct, funny, and full of legitimate examples of situations and genuine dialogue. I have two teenage children and feel that what this book offers is truly helpful and the strategies suggested will truly work. Any parent of teenage children will appreciate this book immensely. Parents of teenagers need to alter their parenting styles to be better equipped to handle today's matters and Dr. Osit's book can help. Thank you!
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If you've ever wondered how to deal with the constant challenges of excess and technological access while raising your kids, you'll want to read Generation Text: Raising Well-Adjusted Kids in an Age of Instant Everything. As the title reveals, this generation's challenges are vastly different from those of former generations. Kids can shop, socialize and entertain themselves 24/7. Gone are the test-screen moments when they simply couldn't watch TV. Even if they don't get many channels, they can always tune in to TV via the Web.

Dr. Michael Osit faces the challenge by addressing current parenting issues in a digital age. Generation Text offers parenting advice with some common sense suggestions such as gadget-free family meals, TV and PC-free bedrooms and limits on cell phone usage and the like. He also highlights the unprecedented benefits of technology, thereby addressing the upside of some computer games and applications. Simply put, kids still need limits in order to feel safe, and parents need to understand current dangers to make sure they are setting the right ones.

Because I am writing my own book about our relationship to time, I found this book to be of particular interest from an 'instant everything' perspective. Our children's time perception is very short. As Dr. Osit writes, have you ever felt "the need for speed in order to compensate for the distraction delays" our gadgets bring?

What was most interesting in the book were the case studies of children and teens who had an overblown sense of reality - screaming into the phone, demanding your mom's credit card number to buy yet another expensive hockey stick online? The mother complies merely to allay her own guilt for leaving her kid home, again.

It's an amazing world in which we live.
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I read this guide from the perspective of a teacher, rather than a parent. Just last week I had a fourth grader's cell phone go off during class! There is no escaping technology, but there are ways to use it positively.

Helpful
- Dr. Osit provides advice and examples for a wide-range of children, from early elementary through the late teens. Essentially, the foundation for their needs (social acceptance) stays the same, just what they want and the extremes they will go to obtain it change.
- Generation Text is very current, referencing many of the celebrities, types of technologies, and social trends that are children are exposed to right now.
- The tone, while dealing with a serious matter, remains light-hearted, optimistic, and matter-of-fact.
- Osit is upfront about warning parents that his advice may not work for every family; he is simply providing the tools for parents to access their family's needs.
- As a teacher (who has no children of her own), it was interesting to see the various reasons why parents give-in to children, and the techniques the kids will use. Many of these techniques are things they try use in the educational environment to get their own way, such as bargaining, whining, and comparing. I think it may be easier on teachers, though in a sense; I'm only stuck with a child for ten months, I can deal with them being upset with me for standing my ground!

Except...
- My main (but slight) issue with this book was that at times I felt that the chapters were a bit repetitive, since many of the same tips can be used in different situations.

For parents who are having issues with technological dependency in their homes this would probably be a great starting off point to rectifying the situation.
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