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There has never been a more urgent need for children (and their parents!) to exercise discernment when it comes to making choices about media and entertainment. With cutting-edge content and practical steps for implementation, Plugged-In Parenting equips the parents so that they may equip their children. This is a resource that I strongly encourage parents to read. (Alex McFarland, Popular teen apologist, best-selling author, and Explore the Word radio host)

Bob Waliszewski is one of the foremost experts in the world on creating a media safe home. This is a must read for any parent who wants to help their kids navigate the ever changing culture and thrive. Plugged in Parenting is filled with practical insight and years of wisdom. This book could be the most important investment you can make in the lives of your kids. (Jim Burns, President, HomeWord, and Author of Teenology: The Art of Raising Great Teenagers)

Today’s parents are between a rock and a hard place. They want to protect their kids from the worst of the Internet, TV, movies, video games, and music―but they don’t want to wreck their relationship with their children by always saying “no.” Good thing Bob Waliszewski can show you the why and how of teaching your kids to make wise entertainment choices. Create your Family Entertainment Constitution and start practicing Plugged-In Parenting. (Gary Smalley, Author, Change Your Heart, Change Your Life)

Bob Waliszewski knows what he is talking about! He is a brilliant man with a brilliant message. Families with children need this book to protect them from the degrading media influences that plague this nation. The timing of this book could not be better! (Dr. Joe White, President, Kanakuk Kamps)

I was six years old when my brother took me to see The Blob. Although tame in comparison to what passes for science fiction horror today, I had nightmares for months. In fact, I was convinced an amoeba-type alien would find his way into my tiny bedroom in Southern California! Over four decades later I still remember how those graphic scenes clouded my innocent mind. In this excellent and timely book, Bob Waliszewski provides wise counsel along with useful tools that will help parents put into practice the old song many children still sing: Be careful little eyes what you see and little ears what you hear. Thanks to Bob and his latest contribution, when it comes to media and music consumption, that very difficult job has been made easier. (Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family)

Don’t let technology build a wedge between you and your kids. In order to rise above the challenges that our ever-changing world presents, you need to have a united front at home. Plugged-In Parenting is a street-smart, grace-filled approach to preparing your kids to succeed in a media-driven culture. (Dr. Tim and Darcy Kimmel, Authors, Grace-Based Parenting)

About the Author

Waliszewski is manager of Focus on the Family's Youth Culture Department.
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Product Details

  • Series: Focus on the Family
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Focus on the Family (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158997624X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589976245
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #519,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Plugged-In Parenting by Bob Waliszewski is a family relationships and parenting book by Focus on the Family and Tyndale House Publishers.

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.
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As a child, I never understood why my parents cared so much about what music I listened to or the shows I was allowed to watch. Now that I'm a parent myself, I get it.

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.

The Twitter² Summary:
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.

The Low-down:
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.
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Plugged-In Parenting by Bob Waliszewski is a guide for parents as they aid and advise their children in their media choices. The book contains three main sections: 1) Deciding Where you Stand as a Parent, 2) Making Rules without Making Enemies, and 3) Keeping the Peace and Passing it On. Each section is full of real life stories and of families who have encountered trials or victories with media.

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.
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Bob Waliszewski is the director of Plugged In Online, which provides indepth reviews and information of today's media. The book, Plugged In Parenting, addresses how the media really can affect your children, and provides tactics to avoid and/or resolve battles between family about what content is or isn't appropriate for the children to listen to.
I thought this was an interesting book. There was a good deal of quotes from parents, celebrities, and other well known people, which provided a different perspective. Also, he provides information for parents who are less in touch with social media about things to look out for.
This book definitely changed the way I thought about different types of social media. I have always been careful what I let my daughter hear or watch, but it made me want to be even more focused and attentive. I will be keeping this around for once she is old enough to want to listen to her own music.

Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the publisher for review. The thoughts are my own.
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