Magazine article Work & Family Life

Technology Should Enrich Family Life, Not Rule It

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Technology Should Enrich Family Life, Not Rule It

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Our children's lives are no longer limited to school, home and the playground. Kids are fully immersed in an online world that has its own etiquette, language and problems. The new book iRules shows us how technology can enrich family life, rather than dominate it.

Janell Burley Hofmann, the author, is a parent coach who writes about parenting and technology for the Huffington Post and has a weekly spot on National Public Radio on tech etiquette.

When she and her husband decided to surprise their 13-year-old son Gregory with an iPhone, Janell created a contract that she expected her son to abide by.

Before outlining her 18 ground rules (see Sample Contract in our front page article), she wrote: "I hope you understand that it's my job to raise you into a well-rounded, healthy young man who can function in the world and co-exist with technology, not be ruled by it. Failure to comply with the following list will result in termination of your iPhone ownership."

The contract went viral on the Huffington Post, and parents everywhere were inspired. This led the author to write this book, in which she elaborates on each rule, tells why she included it and suggests ways to implement it with children of different ages. …

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