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Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World Paperback – October 15, 2016
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Acknowledging the impossibility of fully sheltering children from the world of digital media, Heitner provides guidance for parents navigating this ever-changing landscape. She covers common concerns about children of different ages, from preschool to young adult, and even looks at how the digital world influences adults. She pairs examples from what she has found working with families in her consulting firm with research in the field, such as into the ways kids use social media. This book provides useful advice for the parents of children of all ages and will serve well as a guide to help the different generations communicate, in person or online. (Publisher's Weekly)
"For all parents who feel like they can't keep up with today's technology, Devorah Heitner has come to the rescue. Screenwise doesn't judge or preach. It is full of empathy and insight, providing gems of guidance
based on years of deep research and real talk with real kids. A pleasure to
read."--Lisa Guernsey, director, Learning Technologies Project New America and; author of Tap, Click, Read and Screen Time
"Find your way from 'screenworried' to 'screenwise.' It's time to get over
your techno-guilt and become a more competent and confident media
mentor--an enthusiastic tour guide and mindful role model--for your
child in the digital age."--Chip Donohue, PhD, director, Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center at Erikson Institute
"A must-read for twenty-first century parents! Empowered by Dr. Heitner's timely book, I feel infinitely more prepared to guide my son and daughter through the advantages and perils of modern-day connectedness. Issues like trust, relationships, security, and
balance are handled deftly by an expert who clearly knows the territory
and shares her knowledge in a relatable way. Every modern-day parent
should read this book. Highly recommended."
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"Devorah has tackled the challenging, modern issue of raising kids in
today's digital world head-on. Screenwise gives practical ideas and advice
for parents struggling with this issue and really enables them to turn what
could be a problem into an opportunity. Screenwise will help
not only the parents in our district, but also the teachers when it comes
to ideas and strategies for truly helping kids thrive in their digital world."
--Carl Hooker, Director of Innovation, Eanes ISD, Author of the Mobile Learning Mindset book series
"Grounded in the latest research, it will help parents develop their
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"Screenwise is a comprehensive exploration of a timely and important topic studded with practical tips for parents."
--Wendy Mogel, PhD, clinical psychologist, New York Times best-selling
author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
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I'm also a parent and understand there is often a technology gap between current generations of parents and children. Many of us did not grow up surrounded by technology, and parents struggle with finding a proper balance between our kids digital and analog worlds. Screenwise helps bridge the gap and provides valuable insights of how to assess your own digital literacy and becoming a tech-positive parent. It reminds parents that while our kids may be tech savvy, our life experiences will bring wisdom into the equation. And, as a mentor, parents should strive to model the behaviors of a good Digital Citizen.
So, there are apps which can "pause the internet" when it's dinner time, prevent texting while driving and even set "bedtimes" when our kids devices will disconnect from the internet. Whereas the apps can be helpful, they are merely tools intended to assist parents in setting boundaries while promoting safe and appropriate use behaviors. It must begin with a conversation between parent and child. Screenwise discusses how "Empathy is the App" and a path toward trust and open communication.
It requires a community to help kids thrive (and survive) in their digital world, and Screenwise is a great resource for parents, teachers, school leaders and administrators...I highly recommend it!
The attitude presented is so positive and empathetic to the dilemma of parents whose kids are growing up in such technology driven time. We're constantly plagued by the thought that our children are being ruined, even though screens offer so much as much education as they do fun, and more importantly, are largely unavoidable. Teaching kids to navigate the medium is a skill they need. A realistic guide through this situation is just what I needed.
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As a parent of middle schoolers navigating a social media world I did not grow up in, I found this book beyond helpful. I only wish I would have had the opportunity to read this when they were in elementary school. I think the earlier we have an understanding and a strategy of how we want to help our kids in this digital world, the better off they will be. Screenwise is filled with great information that is easily relatable and incredibly informative. It points out that although a parent may be less tech savvy than their kids, we still have a wealth of life experience they need to guide them on how to communicate with their friends via social media and texting. I used to view Social Media negatively and with fear, but Screenwise has provided helpful ways parents can set a good example and make it a positive in their children's lives.
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Fills a much needed void for becoming a "tech positive parent" and learning how to mentor versus monitor your child's screentime.Read more