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"Jim's book could not be more timely."--Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City
“Steyer has penned a vital wake-up call for parents and government. He is a champion of both kids and the digital revolution. But he's neither giddy nor an apologist. He recognizes that companies like Facebook and Google and video game makers sway our kids, how they think and read and study and behave. If you're a parent and want some shrewd tips on parenting in this digital age and how to protect your children, read this book.”--Ken Auletta, author of Googled: The End of the World as We Know It
“In this courageous book, Jim Steyer pulls no punches. Whether or not you agree with his critique of Facebook and its Silicon Valley siblings, you must grapple with the deep issues that he raises.”--Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
“Jim Steyer is a relentless advocate for kids. Focusing on how the media intersects with their lives, Jim boldly takes on the issues, exploring the good, the bad, and the ugly alike—always the first to begin the conversation. I urge every parent to read this book, so that we can be prepared to navigate how new forms of media and communication are transforming children’s lives.”—Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon Group
"Smart, savvy, sophisticated, down-to-earth. A book that parents and children can read together. A conversation-starter for families."--Sherry Turkle, author of Alone Together
“For two decades Jim Steyer has been among the most prescient commentators about media and our children's lives, providing essential advice to parents about how to navigate these treacherous digital interactions. If Jim's approach has a fault it is tremendous faith in information to empower parents. What a wonderful faith to have.”--Ezekiel J. Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D.
“Steyer’s ‘common sense’ medicine for parents, educators, and others will promote better information, better decisions, and ultimately, better health --for our kids, families and communities.” --A. Eugene Washington, M.D., M.Sc., Vice Chancellor, UCLA Health Sciences, and Dean, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
"Jim Steyer is the Paul Revere of the pixel universe, warning parents of the perils of social media. Whether they're adding friends on Facebook or meeting friends at the park, kids need to be kept safe from danger. Steyer's book is an indispensable safety tool for parents everywhere."--Congressman Ed Markey, U.S. House of Representatives
“James Steyer has provided a road map to transform the seductive online world into a healthy environment for families.”—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“A wake-up call…. To get the most benefit out of the Web’s vast offerings, we need to more closely examine how we, or how our kids, are spending time online. It’s a hard thesis to contradict.”--Washington Post
James P. Steyer has spent more than twenty years as one of the most respected experts and entrepreneurs on issues related to children's policy and media in the United States. As founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, he is responsible for the overall leadership of the nation's leading nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the media lives of kids and families. Steyer began his career as an elementary school teacher and went on to become a nationally respected child advocate, public interest lawyer, and Stanford professor. Jim lives with his wife and four children in the Bay Area.See all Editorial Reviews
I have read a number of books and article about the effects of internet media on our brains, social lives, privacy, and sense of self, so I was looking forward to reading this one. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jennifer May, Ph.D.
This book highlights the unintended consequences of many of the digital media that our children are experiencing daily. Read morePublished 18 months ago by FromAtlantaSuburb
This book was selected in a Parent Book Club (children in grades k - 8). Our goals are to strive
to be ahead of what may be coming our kids way. Read more
Great book to learn how to make an inform decision in regards to your child and the ever changing digital world.Published 21 months ago by Peter Lagasse
This informative common sense book by author Jim Steyer helps parents and educators navigate the world of social media in the 21st century.Published on May 19, 2013 by Joe H.
This book supplied both well documented facts on the impact of prolonged digital exposure to children and adults. Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Dave Johnson
It is a useful book to parents that have to deal with teenagers that spend lots of time on Facebook or using technology toys.Published on February 16, 2013 by JAC
Although I am not a parent, I really enjoyed how descriptive this book was. It shared a lot of points about privacy, freedom and what you should stay away from. Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Michael jenkins
This book gives you great ideas without being preachy. I recommended it to our youth pastor as an item to include on the reading list for parents.Published on January 2, 2013 by Kevin Jackson