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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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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Personhood Press (June 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932181121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932181128
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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By Michael J. Danielson on February 21, 2005
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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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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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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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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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I have read a number of parenting books over the years, so I can honestly say that this book is one of my favorites! Ms. DeGaetano's "Vital 5" will make you really contemplate the effects of media and technology on our children. Let's keep our kids productive, happy, and real. Parents, don't be afraid to set limits on your children's use of electronic devices. Read this book, and you will understand why.
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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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This book is such a gift. I have had the opportunity to hear a live presentation given by Gloria DeGaetano and was so moved by her passion, careful research and commitment to our future--the children of today. This book is such a gift. I have had the opportunity to hear a live presentation given by Gloria DeGaetano and was so moved by her passion, careful research and commitment to our future--the children of today. The book equals the passion I saw live and should be a perquisite for all Early Childhood teaching. The principles are timeless, the research spot-on and her passion is so inspiring.

I found Gloria's work absolutely fascinating. It offered a perspective rarely researched. I cannot believe she is not better known. thepic.org is a great resource to follow her other work and is a testament of her endless commitment and passion for our children.
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