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Plugged-In Parenting: How to Raise Media-Savvy Kids with Love, Not War (Focus on the Family) Paperback – July 1, 2011
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Much of America's culture revolves around media consumption. TV, movies, social networking, music, gaming, it all affects how children perceive the world around them. These outlets often provide our kids with more of an education than the schools or even we ourselves can manage to do in the short amount of time we interact with our kids.
Waliszewski offers parents ways to help kids make choices regarding media consumption that instead of driving them away from parents, will bring them closer together and keep the peace in the family home. He also tells parents who are less than savvy what they should know about their kids' media activities. In addition, he provides examples from the Scripture and relevant social research about teen behavior and risk-taking.
My criticisms of this book would be that it is likely going to be dated very quickly as social media and other forms of entertainment change so rapidly as does the technology with which we consume media. In addition, I think more focus should be on the earlier part of childhood, because if you can nip the consumption of negative media in the bud before it begins (and as your child gets older, explain why), I think that can help. My 4 year old already knows that commercials (the only tv I watch is the news, which is bad enough) want you to buy things.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers and Focus on the Family in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion stated is entirely my own.
For me, Bob Waliszewski's Plugged-In Parenting has particular resonance as my wife and I are in the process of creating a playlist of all the music on our computer that is "safe" for our kids' ears. The boys are less than 3 years old, but we've already started to see the impact of media on them. As we've been putting it together, we talk about whether just music with cursing or graphic sexuality is out or if we should exclude any music that has lyrical content that we don't agree with. What's horrifying about it to me is how much of our music doesn't make our cut.
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Bob Waliszewski's Plugged-In Parenting asks parents if they are plugged-in to what your kids are reading, watching, listening to, viewing online, or playing these days? Or are they plugged-in all the time while you are tuned out? Waliszewski hopes it is the former.
Bob Waliszewski is the director of Plugged In Online, a site that covers current media with reviews and other tools for parents. His book, Plugged In Parenting, attempts to help parents chart a course of media discernment. What I most appreciate about Waliszewski's book is that it doesn't present media as inherently evil. Sadly, this is rare in current discussions of media by many Christians.
Waliszewski divides Plugged In Parenting into three sections: 1-Deciding Where you Stand as a Parent, 2-Making Rules without Making Enemies, and 3-Keeping the Peace and Passing it On. The overarching principles that Waliszewski focuses on are easily applicable for parents to use in guiding their day-to-day decisions.Read more ›
I was interested in reading this book because I thought its focus would be on parenting. After reading it, I feel like the focus is less on the parenting aspect and more on how to be media savvy. The book talks a lot about how children and young adults interact with media which is relevant for parents but I think I would have enjoyed it more had there been more emphasis on the parenting side of things and less focus on the pitfalls of media.
Plugged-In Parenting is best for parents a bit farther along that our family. It was interesting to read Mr. Waliszewski's thoughts and suggestions regarding media. After reading this book I think there is definitely a lot to consider around this topic and I think that this is an area where there is no one way to do it right. Different families are going to come to different conclusions about what works for them and their children. There are some black and whites here but there are also a lot of greys.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale as part of the Tyndale Blog Network. I was not required to write a positive review.
This is a book that every parent should read!!
The book descriptions states, "Whether your battle zone is hte screen in a theater or on an electronic device, you don't ahve to unplug to find peace. Plugged-In Parenting can help you make media choices that bring your family closer together. Hollywood and Silicon Valley aren't working overtime to preserve or promote your values. Protecting your kids from hazardous movies, TV programs, websites, video grames, and music - as well as cyberbullying and obsessive cell phone texting - is vital. Bug how?"
I won't tell you all the ways the book tells you how to protect your children from harm in all these media venues because I really believe you should read the book, however, I do want to quote some statics for you that I think will startle you. (All statistics came from the Plugged-In Parenting book).
Research Shows the Connection
Based on a 2004 Rand Corporation study that linked sexualized television with actual sexual behavior, among 1,792 adolescents survey, those who watched TV programs with a lot of sexual content were twice as likely to engage in intercourse as their peers who watched few such programs.
Two years later, the Rand Corporation study found out that of 1,461 adolescents surveyed, those who listened to sexualized music were almost twice as likely to engage in intercourse as their peers who listened to very little.Read more ›
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This book had more to say about parenting than computers but was well presented. It spoke more theory than application. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by Laura
Plugged-In Parenting by Bob Waliszewski is a family relationships and parenting book by Focus on the Family Publishers. Read morePublished on February 10, 2012 by T. McNeely
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The subtitle of the book is How to Raise Media-Savvy Kids with Love, not War.. I just loved that! Read more
Are you plugged-in to what your kids are watching, listening to, viewing online, playing, and/or reading these days? Or are they plugged-in all the time while you are tuned out? Read morePublished on September 14, 2011 by Amazon Customer
I recently got a copy of Plugged-In Parenting from Tyndale as a free copy for review. While I'm not a parent yet, I love reading things film related and have been a fan of the... Read morePublished on September 13, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Written by Bob Waliszewski, Plugged in Parenting is designed to help parents in the digital age. Though backed with numerous statistics and examples, the book is still easy to read... Read morePublished on September 2, 2011 by Adam Faughn
Bob Waliszewski writes Plugged-In Parenting: How to Raise Media-Savvy Kids with Love, Not War, a must read for all parents. Read morePublished on August 24, 2011 by Kindle Customer
I have used the Plugged In Movie Review website ([...]) for a while now when trying to decide if I should watch a new movie with my kids or if I should screen it first. Read morePublished on August 23, 2011 by lizaleegrace