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As a practicing child psychiatrist and mother of three, Jodi Gold has a unique understanding of both the mind-boggling benefits and the serious downsides of technology. Dr. Gold weaves together scientific knowledge and everyday practical advice to help you foster your child's healthy relationship to technology, from birth to the teen years. You'll learn: *How much screen t As a practicing child psychiatrist and mother of three, Jodi Gold has a unique understanding of both the mind-boggling benefits and the serious downsides of technology. Dr. Gold weaves together scientific knowledge and everyday practical advice to help you foster your child's healthy relationship to technology, from birth to the teen years. You'll learn: *How much screen time is too much at different ages. *What your kids and teens are actually doing in all those hours online. *How technology affects social, emotional, and cognitive development. *Which apps and games build smarts and let creativity shine. *How your own media habits influence your children. *What you need to know about privacy concerns, cyberbullying, and other dangers. *Ways to set limits that the whole family can live with. Winner (Second Place)—American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, Child Health Category


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As a practicing child psychiatrist and mother of three, Jodi Gold has a unique understanding of both the mind-boggling benefits and the serious downsides of technology. Dr. Gold weaves together scientific knowledge and everyday practical advice to help you foster your child's healthy relationship to technology, from birth to the teen years. You'll learn: *How much screen t As a practicing child psychiatrist and mother of three, Jodi Gold has a unique understanding of both the mind-boggling benefits and the serious downsides of technology. Dr. Gold weaves together scientific knowledge and everyday practical advice to help you foster your child's healthy relationship to technology, from birth to the teen years. You'll learn: *How much screen time is too much at different ages. *What your kids and teens are actually doing in all those hours online. *How technology affects social, emotional, and cognitive development. *Which apps and games build smarts and let creativity shine. *How your own media habits influence your children. *What you need to know about privacy concerns, cyberbullying, and other dangers. *Ways to set limits that the whole family can live with. Winner (Second Place)—American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, Child Health Category

30 review for Screen-Smart Parenting: How to Find Balance and Benefit in Your Child's Use of Social Media, Apps, and Digital Devices

  1. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    The information in here is sensible enough but not as...advanced as what I was looking for, maybe? I think it's better suited for parents that feel bewildered by the internet and smartphones. If you: * feel comfortable with your own relationship and usage of technology * are already on board and practice "technology is a tool" as a philosophy * don't worry whether you're "addicted" yourself * are willing and able to carry through your parenting choices in the face of the peer pressure your kid migh The information in here is sensible enough but not as...advanced as what I was looking for, maybe? I think it's better suited for parents that feel bewildered by the internet and smartphones. If you: * feel comfortable with your own relationship and usage of technology * are already on board and practice "technology is a tool" as a philosophy * don't worry whether you're "addicted" yourself * are willing and able to carry through your parenting choices in the face of the peer pressure your kid might get (aka for me, I was thinking about only letting the kid get a smartphone once they were able to pay for it themselves, and even then text messaging etc. capabilities would be limited) then I don't think you'd learn much new stuff here. It's definitely written with the tone and perspective of a psychiatrist. This is a negative in the intro because it gets into describing psychology theories that most people probably aren't that interested in the vocabulary for, but actually was then the more interesting parts in later chapters when sharing situations that her patients have been in. The two most new-to-me/useful pieces I'm taking away from this are: 1. It's ok and not an invasion of privacy to have pretty tight monitoring of your kids' online accounts and text messaging communications, up to viewing everything and having the passwords, at least at the start, as part of making sure you keep a closer eye on things as they learn to internalize guidelines of how to behave and use them. It's not a lack of trust but an acknowledgement that the kid is in a new environment that needs some guidance and safety rails. 2. Use a strategy of having the kid first work on homework that doesn't require a computer, then homework that doesn't require the internet, and save homework needing the internet for last as it's the most distracting.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chain Reading

    In my upper middle class suburb, parents are very distrustful of technology, and often seem to compete with one another about who allows their children less, without really understanding what the research shows about the benefits and risks. I don't think all of their concerns are about mental health - some families just don't like that kind of pop culture. This is a book for people who are OK with technology culturally but want to make sure it's not harmful. I appreciate the emphasis on gradual In my upper middle class suburb, parents are very distrustful of technology, and often seem to compete with one another about who allows their children less, without really understanding what the research shows about the benefits and risks. I don't think all of their concerns are about mental health - some families just don't like that kind of pop culture. This is a book for people who are OK with technology culturally but want to make sure it's not harmful. I appreciate the emphasis on gradual loosening of limits - I think too often these days we forbid our kids things with blanket rules until a certain age, and then they suddenly have no rules - it makes no sense! There needs to be more of a training wheels approach. Gold focuses less on how many hours of technology is appropriate and more on the how of technology - which games and sites, the relationship between technology use and other obligations and pleasures, and how to teach boundaries and kindness. I got a lot out of it. I did not learn a lot about tech stuff like timers and parent controls though, partly because Gold downplays them and emphasizes teaching kids self control.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Bex

    I'm wavering between a 4-5 star for this book, as I think it's well researched, and brings together the professional and parental aspects well (and I don't expect perfection). I found a lot of material that I agree with (based on other research reading), and a lot of strong suggestions for underlying problems, good rationale for how to deal. There were occasions where seemed to contradict some bits of advice (e.g. focus on screen content not time, but still manage time) - although to be fair - I I'm wavering between a 4-5 star for this book, as I think it's well researched, and brings together the professional and parental aspects well (and I don't expect perfection). I found a lot of material that I agree with (based on other research reading), and a lot of strong suggestions for underlying problems, good rationale for how to deal. There were occasions where seemed to contradict some bits of advice (e.g. focus on screen content not time, but still manage time) - although to be fair - I find myself doing this sometimes too! A lot of solid material that's not overfocused on the platforms, so remains relevant for a long time.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    I give a 4 🌟 rating not because I agreed with everything Jodi put forward, but for the information and framework to approach the subject. It has prompted good reflection on my personal relationship with technology and kicked off some good discussions between my wife and I now that our kids are getting older on how we can be more intentional in creating a family culture and approach to technology.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Aleš Bednařík

    Detská psychiatrička celkom podrobne a konkrétne opisuje odporúčané postupy a pravidlá pre rodičov ako zvládať jednotlivé detské vekové obdobia vo vzťahu k digitálnym médiám. Kto hľadá konkrétne rady ku konkrétnemu veku, bude spokojný.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Tennant

    I actually felt this was a bit dated already. Was looking for more concrete advice about security and monitoring and less examples and stats. Felt that the teenager section was a lean in particular.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Very helpful and a lot of practical ideas.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Screen Smart Parenting is fairly comprehensive and very up-to-date, with authors who do know the different aps, games, social media, etc. But there are a LOT of studies to troll through and quite a bit to skip due to the book being broken down by age group. For me, the noise to useful ratio needed a bit more tweaking to make this less of a cumbersome read. The book breaks down as follows: Introduction (which includes f More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ Screen Smart Parenting is fairly comprehensive and very up-to-date, with authors who do know the different aps, games, social media, etc. But there are a LOT of studies to troll through and quite a bit to skip due to the book being broken down by age group. For me, the noise to useful ratio needed a bit more tweaking to make this less of a cumbersome read. The book breaks down as follows: Introduction (which includes family digital habitat, digital milestones, digital landscape, the good, bad, and the ugly of digital debates); Growing up digital (which includes ages 0-2, ages 3-5, ages 6-8, ages 8-10, ages 11-13, and then ages 15-18); One size does not fit all (which includes aDhD, anxiety, or kids with depression, and agreements for the digital family). Resources, notes, index at the end. Because our technology moves so fast, this isn't a book you can keep as your child ages and you move to a different age group. So yes, there is a LOT to skip through in order to get to the section on your child (or children's) age(s). Frustrating for me, is that although I have an 11 year old, I found a lot of useful information in the older kids section and some in the younger kids sections. But I felt like I had to muddle through a lot of information that wasn't applicable in those sections in order to find nuggets that I could use for my child. But the section on my child's age was very useful. The book feels very up to date with the technology and I feel that the author did an excellent job of keeping up with emerging new aps/technology. I give high marks on that since most books I read on the subject are still going on about facebook when most kids have moved on to e.g., Instagram or Snap Chat. There are checklists to go over with kids as well as discussion areas about topics from bullying to sexting. Porn to plagiary (homework assignments). But at the same time, there is a lot of psychobabble - lots of 'how do you feel about this' type of leading questions in the beginning backed up with as many honestly unnecessary discussions on research studios. I'd have rather had the research in the index instead rather than discussed individually in the meat of the book. I could find a study that says the moon is really made of cheese if I wanted so I'm less concerned about studies. So yes, there is a lot of plow through but some good nuggets to be found there. I would have just preferred to see the information presented in a more coherent and less 'psychologist's couch' type of presentation. I don't need the information dumbed down - just presented in a more accessible manner. Reviewed from an ARC.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Susan Perry

    A good overview with some specific recommendations, especially appropriate for families with babies who need reassurance. Pro-digital-media, the author explains what kids need at each age, and how smartphones and tablets can augment parent-child interaction in a healthy way. Moderation is suggested, and readers learn what experts feel that would entail. I found it quite credible in its attitude toward creativity and imaginative play, and quite helpful for us oldies who have to get used to this a A good overview with some specific recommendations, especially appropriate for families with babies who need reassurance. Pro-digital-media, the author explains what kids need at each age, and how smartphones and tablets can augment parent-child interaction in a healthy way. Moderation is suggested, and readers learn what experts feel that would entail. I found it quite credible in its attitude toward creativity and imaginative play, and quite helpful for us oldies who have to get used to this astonishing new world our kids are growing up in.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'm not in the mood for informational non-fiction right now, but I hope to go back to this one sometime. It seems like a solid common-sense approach to parenting effectively with technology. It doesn't treat technology like a demon, but is clear-eyed about the challenges it can pose to raising happy, healthy, responsible kids, by treating it like any other potentially challenging issue facing parents. I'm not in the mood for informational non-fiction right now, but I hope to go back to this one sometime. It seems like a solid common-sense approach to parenting effectively with technology. It doesn't treat technology like a demon, but is clear-eyed about the challenges it can pose to raising happy, healthy, responsible kids, by treating it like any other potentially challenging issue facing parents.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    A good book with good information and resources. I do feel, however, that it has a much more laid back "anything goes" kind of approach. It absolutely is true that it depends on your child and your family how you manage your approach to technology, but I was hoping for a little bit more guidance on the tricky waters ahead than I got from this book. I do really like that there are printable resources to make your own family technology plan. A good book with good information and resources. I do feel, however, that it has a much more laid back "anything goes" kind of approach. It absolutely is true that it depends on your child and your family how you manage your approach to technology, but I was hoping for a little bit more guidance on the tricky waters ahead than I got from this book. I do really like that there are printable resources to make your own family technology plan.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Pretty good ideas about kids and tech, a lot geared to older kids and presumes some interaction with social media etc...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alison Stegert

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amie

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    Sandra

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    Aditya Yanamandra

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    Jill Cook

  18. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Firth

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alaina

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nikki Edgar

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ioana Mihaela

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey de Rechter

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

  24. 4 out of 5

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    Mellany

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Sakash

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

  29. 4 out of 5

    Aleryia Willow

  30. 4 out of 5

    Anna

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