Magazine article Work & Family Life

A Guide for Parents on Kids' Use of New Media

Magazine article Work & Family Life

A Guide for Parents on Kids' Use of New Media

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A guide for parents on kids' use of new media

Can you believe the big technology challenge parents faced in 1990 was controlling their children's use telephone hndlinesi Boy, have things changed. Like it or not, kids are now spending far more time with media and than they are with their families or in school.

Talking Back to Facebook is new, very important book that all parents should read. It's by James P. Steyer, the nation's leading authority on children and technology and founding CEO of Common Sense Media, a wonderful online resource that helps parents deal with the many questions that come up around their children and the media.

As parents, how do we help kids navigate their new media safely? How do we even know what they're being exposed to, what to worry about and what common-sense rules to set?

Steyer covers it all. In the first half of the book, he gives us an overview of the issues related to digital media and kids and the background to understand what's happening and why.

The second half gives tips and guidance for kids from birth through age 15 to help you and your family make good decisions about parenting kids in a digital world.

If you wonder whether your 2 year old should play games on your iPad (see our front page article) or you just discovered that your 11 year old has been looking at X-rated websites, this is the book for you. …

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