- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Moody Publishers (March 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802412696
- ISBN-13: 978-0802412690
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
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"If you’re a parent of teens or preteens, or you work with teens or preteens, you’ve undoubtedly experienced the phenomenon of teens stuck to their screens–whether it’s phones, tablets, computers, or other technology. And, you’ve likely noticed the difficulty of talking with these tech-savy kids who have grown up not knowing what life is like without technology at their fingertips. In her latest book, Screens and Teens: Connecting With Our Kids in a Wireless World, Dr. Kathy Koch, helps parents and youth workers explore these topics and discover principles and practices to connect with teens who seem inseparable from their screens.
Koch explores the following topics:
technology and our deepest human needs;
truths about today’s teens;
less and more (less screen time, more family time);
lies that come through to teens through technology;
and the ultimate connectivity.
While Koch provides a lot of amazing advice, personal anecdotes and real-life stories, she also takes a biblical approach to communication, which I wholeheartedly appreciate. And, there’s a discussion guide included at the back of the book, and its purpose is to jumpstart discusions about technology and its influence. These are great questions that can be used in a small group study setting, in a parenting class, or even by parents and their teens.
This book is full of practical advice. There were some “Oh, yeah. That’s the truth” moments and there were some of those lightbulb, “Now it makes sense moments!” I’ve come away from Screens and Teens with some very easy-to-implement strategies and ideas as I navigate life with a teen and do my best to disciple her to become more Christ-like.
I highly recommend Screens and Teens for parents, youth pastors, youth teachers–anyone who deals with teens regularly. It’s an easy, yet challenging read, but one that will equip you to better connect with and communicate with the teens and preteens in your life. Learn more at www.screensandteens.com
Screens and Teens is written by Dr. Kathy Koch is the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., a Christian ministry based in Fort Worth, Texas. She is an internationally celebrated speaker who has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, workshops, seminars, assemblies, and other events. Find out more about the author at www.DrKathyKoch.com.
* Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for this honest review."
Reviewed by Laura Langley, Feb 4, 2015
From the Back Cover
If you feel like you’re losing your teen to technology, you’re not alone.
Screen time is rapidly replacing family time, and for teens especially, it is hardwiring the way they connect with their world.
In Screens and Teens, Dr. Kathy helps you make sense of all this and empowers you to respond. She exposes the lies that technology can teach your teen, guides you in countering them with biblical truths and helpful practices, and shares success stories of families who have cut back on technology and prioritized each other. Kathy’s research, experience, and relatability all come together for an inspiring book, sure to help you be closer with your kids.
Grab a pen and get ready to underline, circle, and write "That’s so us!" in the margins. Be equipped to keep your family connected.
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In the book, Dr. Koch presents five truths we need to be aware of and the lies that we tell to keep up with our wrong thinking. She explains each one, it's connection to screens, and then shares examples of the truth with simple fixes.
Teens find their purpose, security and identity these days in their social media, and unfortunately so do some adults. This is the world we are in, and it can seem like it's not going to be an easy fix. But that's why I loved this book. We find hope and help to move on!
Dr. Kathy suggests some great ideas, resources, and concepts to help us lead our teens (and maybe even our own minds) toward maturity. She takes this challenge heartily through the rest of the book!
She gets us to THINK. She gives us a plan for moving on with HOPE and knowing we can overcome.
So how do we 'fix' these thoughts in our kids (or our own brains), read Screens and Teens to find out! It's a fast read, easily comprehended, but probably a book I will re-read on occasion, as imparting the truth into even my brain will be a battle of the old vs new nature in my life.
I've had the privilege to read an advanced copy of this book, and I was asked to review it, but I have to say, it's a book I will read more than once, I found it helpful, inspiring and practical. So I'd suggest others purchasing it!! And I wasn't required to give the book a favorable review, this is my own opinion.
I am starting to see just how out of reality our society is becoming due to the need to have things now. I have observe parents actually miss events in their child's life because they are saving it on their phone. They are physically in the room, but the joy of the moment is lost because they are looking at it through a screen. Then downloading the images to the social networks where their virtual friends will "like" the picture and follow them. Depending on how many "likes" you get, the number will determine the person's self-worth. Some parents are not able to just savor the time and experience. Is it any wonder we are seeing kids addicted to screens and have a hard time with social cues?
Each chapter has a list of questions that will help you guide your teens through a healthy relationship with their technology. Beginning with the natural needs of a person, and helping the reader see just how much technology is changing us. The questions can also help with understanding just how connected you and your teen are to screens of all varieties. Ask yourself, would I be able to go a week without a screen? Now ask, besides work related screen time, can I go one week without a screen? Have someone time you for a two hour period and then guess how much time you spent. I believe you will be surprised.
I have had the pleasure of being with Dr. Kathy in her seminars and always choose her conferences because her insights and research methods are trustworthy. I highly recommend this book to teens and parents for whom the book was written, but I also think that a tremendous benefit would go to parents of children. If you see what is here in the teenage years, you can already have your boundaries made at an early age.
Be proactive in your parenting. Set boundaries early, watch for problem areas, love God, and pray as you go through your journey.
Although "Screens and Teens" will resonate with parents who prefer a faith-based perspective, I find Dr. Koch's book to be a critical resource and common-sense guide for ALL parents in this digital age. I highly recommend this book!
Holli Kenley M.A.,MFT
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