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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Personhood Press (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932181121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932181128
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,368,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Offers powerful strategies to help today's parents raise their children with greater literacy, emotional intelligence, and academic success, building healthier, happier families."  —Dr. Diane Dreher, associate dean of arts and sciences, Santa Clara University


"DeGaetanto's book helps parents understand the latest research on media use, its implications for child development, and what they can do about it."  —Suite101.com

About the Author

Gloria DeGaetano is the founder of the Parent Coaching Institute and the author of Screen Smarts: A Family Guide to Media Literacy and Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie, and Video Game Violence. She lives in Bellevue, Washington. Diane Dreher, Ph.D. is the author of The Tao of Personal Leadership and associate dean of arts and sciences at Santa Clara University.

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Gloria DeGaetano is an internationally acclaimed educator and speaker who developed the Parent Coach Certification® Training Program in 2000, originating the parent coaching profession. With over 25 years experience with successfully helping parents with media-related issues, she is the author of Parenting Well in a Media Age: Keeping Our Kids Human, Left to Their Devices: What's Left?, and the co-author (with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman) of Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie, and Video Game Violence. She directs Parent Coach International (www.ParentCoachInternational.com) a worldwide training company for family support professionals and speaks to parent and professional groups regarding raising children optimally in our media/digital world (www.GloriaDeGaetano.com). Keep in touch with Gloria through her blog, www.LeftToOurDevices.com.

"Gloria DeGaetano confronts the most important questions about the long-term impact of media immersion and provides common sense answers that concerned parents will appreciate. She has made an important contribution to a crucial discussion that too many families try to avoid."
Michael Medved 
Nationally Syndicated Radio Host 
Author of Hollywood vs. America

"Trust Gloria DeGaetano to come up with clear and compelling information for parents trying to navigate the minefields of media and corporate pressures on kids. Follow her advice and your children will be the winners!"
Jane M. Healy, Ph.D.
Educational Psychologist 
Author of the best-seller, Endangered Minds

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This book will help me as both a parent and a teacher.
Michael J. Danielson
Parents need to know the impact that the media has on their child's brain development and their social and emotional well being.
D. Barnes
I am grateful for the tips, advice, and research presented by Gloria DeGaetano in her book "Parenting Well in a Media Age".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Danielson on February 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
Not only is this book accessible and fascinating, it provides the in depth research and analysis the average parent needs but never has the time to do.

If your kids watch TV, have Gameboys, do the Xbox or live in the US during the 21st Century, this book will help tremendously! Read it yourself, then give it to your kids' teachers! The brain research information alone will inspire and enlighten them!

As a teacher myself, I can see the impact of the media on the students with whom I work. This book will help me as both a parent and a teacher.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Williams on September 18, 2008
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Gloria DeGaetano has done an outstanding job of explaining the impact of the media on our childre. She specifically discusses how the developing brain is impacted, directly affecting children's development. But, she gives us hope by describing exactly what parents and educators can do to provide the things that all children need to develop their potential and grow up to be creative and healthy people. This book is pertinent to families and children from all cultures and backgrounds. I am a special education teacher and a mother of two. I have worked with children and their families for 26 years. If you can only read one parenting book, make it this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Barnes on September 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
Gloria De Gaetano has done a wonderful and resourceful job of informing parents in her book "Parenting Well in a Media Age," to the impact of the media on today's families. Parents need to know the impact that the media has on their child's brain development and their social and emotional well being. The media has captured this society. The media has developed into a huge change agent, and parents need to know how to deal with the consequences. Gloria keys into the Vital Five things that parents need in order to help their children develop into the most productive members of society. Every parent should have this resource in their personal library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Diana Johnson on July 10, 2009
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There aren't many books I read with a pencil, taking notes in the margins and underlining. This isn't because it is difficult or academic; it is actually a very easy read. It just made me think so much I had to study the book, not just read it. I have 4 kids and already tried not to put the media (TV, movies, advertising)in center place in our lives, but this book gave me new food for thought. For instance, she talked about how you can't buy a "princess" toy anymore, you have to buy a Cinderella toy. The media decides who the character will be. One teacher observes that kids don't pretend anymore, they reenact scenes they have already seen. But she isn't preachy or impractical, what I really loved was the practical ideas she gives for us to help our kids of various ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A concerned parent on October 19, 2004
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I found this book clearly details the enormity and specifics of what we, as parents, are up against when dealing with media influences in our homes, as well as what opportunities are being forfeited, at our children's expense, for them to grow into thinking, creative, nurturing individuals by continual consumption and bombardment of media. While Gloria DeGaetano is realistic in that media is a permanent part of our world, she, thankfully, offers a variety of concrete solutions for counteracting this influence, while providing background research to also empower the reader or parent. It is time we address this critical issue in our families and find the power to change before it is too late! Parenting Well in a Media Age is a great motivator for taking back our rightful role as the primary influence in the raising of our children!! This is a ground breaking book, necessary for the time we are living in!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2004
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This book is a must read for every parent! We've all become too comfortable with the idea that the media (tv's, computers, movies, video games) are an integral part of our households. This book presents many important reasons why this practice has to stop. It details how the media has negatively impacted our families and resulted in children with serious problems. It offers suggestions on how to substitute "quality" family time instead of media time and what qualitites and attributes parents need to nurture and focus on to counter our industry-generated culture. I only wish I had this book when my children were still young!! but I'm passing it along to them to read in hopes that it will guide them when the grandchildren arrive.
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