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Friday, November 20, 2020

Parenting in the Screen Age by Delaney Ruston is THE Book You Need Right NOW!

 Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge, from the author, for review purposes on this blog. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own


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I showcased this book last month and was finally able to get a chance to read the book. I wanted to make sure you had info on it before the kids were off next week, as that could be an excellent time to use it with YOUR family! 


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Synopsis:
 
Does every conversation with your child or teen about screen time blow up into a fight? Or maybe you avoid bringing up the topic but silently harbor worry and frustration. How can you better understand what you’re up against — and most importantly, ensure the healthiest screen time possible? 
 
In Parenting in the Screen Age, award-winning filmmaker, and mental health advocate Dr. Delaney Ruston distills more than a decade of communications research into a definitive guide for today’s parents. Packed with evidence-based insights on screen time from researchers, input from kids and teens, and solutions drawn from Dr. Ruston’s own messy parenting struggles, this guide shows you how to start — and sustain--productive family talks about technology. You’ll learn how to:
  • Bring up screen time without making your child or teen defensive
  • Talk through difficult issues like online social cruelty, sexting, and mental health 
  • Engage your child in creating boundaries around Netflix, video gaming, and social media 
  • Have screen time limits that actually work — with less of the sneaking or arguing

During the COVID pandemic or after, this book will help you lead your child to become more tech-wise and life balanced — empowering them to build a healthier relationship with our digital world, now and into their future. 


 Review:

We are living in a modern age, and the issues our parents had to deal with are nowhere near the same that we do. From practically day one, it seems like our kids have screens involved in major parts of their lives, so it's no surprise that SO many parent/child power struggles come down to their use/misuse.Delaney understood this and sought to figure out how best to handle those conversations, and along the way also figured out some better ways at handling other teen issues as well.

This book is a sound resource for parents with tweens and teens, covering everything from cell phone use, apps to understand, social bullying and more. for most parents, where they really need the help is screen use. And let's all admit, with Covid, we're a LOT more lenient on the rules we had, due to lockdowns and so many online classes (with their own screen time requirements). got a kid in hybrid classes? It may seem like they're never OFF the screens! But the chapter on screen use CONTRACTS may be a great place to start, to talk to your child and come up with a better plan, to give them some time AWAY from the screens, with family and creative time (Delaney's 4 C's are another great takeaway from the book).

Part cognitive behavior suggestions, part modern teen psychology and part been there-done that parenting advice, the book is a sound modern addition to parenting in today's technological driven age, give this one to family and friends for Christmas, and they'll thank you SO much later, when it's their go-to guide for dealing with tweens and teens!


BONUS EXTRAS:

Delaney also hosts Podcasts about topics from both movies, and her new book.

She also has a Tech Talk Tuesdays Newsletter you can sign up for!
AND

You can sign up to watch BOTH of her movies, online,
that talk about items covered in the new book!


About the author:
 Delaney Ruston, M.D. is a filmmaker, Stanford trained physician, international speaker, and the creator of the award-winning films Screenagers and Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER. A trusted expert on screen time and parenting and improving the wellbeing of today’s youth, Ruston has appeared on “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” and “PBS NewsHour and has been invited to speak at Google, The Aspen Institute, the United Nations, and conferences and schools worldwide. To date, her films have been seen by over 4.5 million kids and adults at screenings in 85 countries.

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