Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World

Screenwise Helping Kids Thrive and Survive in Their Digital World Screenwise offers a realistic and optimistic perspective on how to thoughtfully guide kids in the digital age Many parents feel that their kids are addicted detached or distracted because of their d

  • Title: Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World
  • Author: Devorah Heitner
  • ISBN: 9781629561455
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • Screenwise offers a realistic and optimistic perspective on how to thoughtfully guide kids in the digital age Many parents feel that their kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices Media expert Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children if parents help them Using the foundation of their ownScreenwise offers a realistic and optimistic perspective on how to thoughtfully guide kids in the digital age Many parents feel that their kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices Media expert Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children if parents help them Using the foundation of their own values and experiences, parents and educators can learn about the digital world to help set kids up for a lifetime of success in a world fueled by technology.Screenwise is a guide to understanding about what it is like for children to grow up with technology, and to recognizing the special challenges and advantages that contemporary kids and teens experience thanks to this level of connection In it, Heitner presents practical parenting hacks quick ideas that you can implement today that will help you understand and relate to your digital native The book will empower parents to recognize that the wisdom that they have gained throughout their lives is a relevant and urgently needed supplement to their kid s digital savvy, and help them develop skills for managing the new challenges of parenting Based on real life stories from other parents and Heitner s wealth of knowledge on the subject, Screenwise teaches parents what they need to know in order to raise responsible digital citizens.

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    1. I HIGHLY recommend this book to any person Who has any kind of interaction or influence with children. It was a highly encouraging, positive parenting type of book for me especially who tends to demonize screen time.It encourages mentorship over monitoring, though recognizes that monitoring has its place.One of the best chapters for me personally to read was that on tech positive parenting. It gave me a whole new perspective on the use of technology, one which I believe will help to build bridge [...]

    2. This book changed my thinking about how to approach technology with kids. After reading it, I'm going to be actively looking for opportunities to mentor rather than relying solely on limiting screen time (although I still believe that to be important as well). I would have liked a few more specific suggestions and tips though. I liked the open-ended questions that the author provided as conversation starters, but there were so many that it was a bit overwhelming and I would have liked to read ex [...]

    3. DH has produced a book that is so smart. It's something I can keep on my bookshelf & return to. Share time with our kids online. This is so fresh! Rather than reduce kids time online to good/bad or monitored screen time, DH suggests getting involved. Sharing time online allows parents & others to figure stuff out. If kids love something, why? What need is it fulfilling? Why do they live one app/game over another? & why aren't we right their with them using our own knowledge to enhanc [...]

    4. A practical and supportive guide for parents. Heitner's key message? You don’t have to understand the ins and outs of every conceivable social media platform or app in order to help your child thrive online. What matters more than your own technical savvy is the life experience you bring to the table—that and your willingness to mentor and guide your child as she begins to explore the online world.Read my full review of the book (including a short Q&A with the book's author) here: anndou [...]

    5. A nice, quick read. There was nothing particularly earth-shattering, just advice on how to transfer good parenting skills to the digital realm (i.e think mentoring instead of monitoring). The book included some points I hadn't thought of before, like explicitly demonstrating technology etiquette to kids because our private devices make it hard for them to pick up behavioral cues, or having kids identify and explain why certain accounts are effective (or not) on a particular platform. I also enjo [...]

    6. Excellent way to view screen use and how best parents can model and mentor kids with a "tech positive" view. Good specific ways to talk with kids about all aspects of tech use and social media. I wrote about much of what I learned here: sunshine-parenting/2017/04I highly recommend Heitner's book for all parents, but especially before kids get on their "own" screens. I wish I had this information before screens became so ubiquitous.

    7. Until I read this book I was of the mindset that the longer I could limit my kids' entry into the online/digital space, the better. Now I realize how much fear and misunderstanding was behind that philosophy, and I can't say enough great things about this book. Heitner walks parents gently through the process of becoming "tech-positive"--which doesn't mean we have to permit and allow it all, but rather that we see the many benefits of technology and stop reacting from a place of fear and control [...]

    8. Answer the question "How do I raise my kid in the digital age?" The good news is that you don't have to ban them from entering the digital world and you do have valuable insights and tools to give them about how to use the digital tools at their fingertips, even if you aren't super familiar with them. Even though I grew up in the age of AIM I wasn't confident in how I would approach this with my own kids. This book helped give me important guidance - and turned down my panic.

    9. This is a really good, basic primer for parents (and librarians!) worried about technology overload and how to mentor our kids on good tech habits. Most of the book covers teens and tweens, but there are also some good bits about younger kids in there as well. I like that Heitner takes the approach of asking kids to evaluate what they see instead of just labeling everything in adult terms. I would love to offer a parent program based on some of these concepts!

    10. This is a very accessible book about how our kids/students are using technology and social media both in good ways and not so good ways. I like that this book is not alarmist and gives a balanced perspective. Heitner discusses the difference between mentoring versus monitoring. I would highly recommend this to parents as well as teachers.

    11. So many good ideas in this book. It takes an in depth look at the technological world we and our children live in. It gives some ideas for good boundaries, but mainly poses questions and topics to discuss with your children so that you can come up with a tech plan that works best for you. Other than a few grammatical/editing errors, it was a great book!

    12. Yep, there's good advice here. Like most parenting books, some of it is silly/ overly broad/ just plain wrong. Tl,dr version: do what your kids are doing with tech so you can mentor them rather than limit them.

    13. Not exactly a riveting read and didn’t give me nearly the specifics I was hoping for, but some useful info in here about what kinds of conversations to have with kids about using technology appropriately.

    14. Mentors vs. Limiters (parenting styles around technology)Lots of lists of good questions and conversations to be having with kidsAppreciated that it helped me wrap my head around being less fearful of the bad and more appreciative of all the good technology has to offer.

    15. Unlike many books about children/teens and technology, this one is practical and even-headed, not alarmist and scary. This is a terrific book for parents to read to get the discussion started.

    16. There is absolutely no excuse for my having taken so long to write a review, seeing that since I've read the book, it has stayed in my mind and influenced the way I choose to parent in this new digital landscape. Heitner's book is divided into discrete sections that cover the major stumbling blocks for modern parents with regard to technology: family life, school, privacy in app usage, inappropriate content, bullying, etc.One of the things I liked most of the book was that you'll certainly feel [...]

    17. Let's get this straight: I'm not a nonfiction reader. I'll read it if it's a part of a book club or a friend has done an interpretive dance for me so moved were they by a work of nonfiction. Or perhaps, like in the case of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World: I'm meeting the author in less than a week and I haven't cracked the book. Choo! Choo! All aboard the Devorah Heitner Express!And ugh, the book is about technology? I'm a bookworm. Give me fiction printed on [...]

    18. As often described, this book has a very positive outlook. I took copious notes because digital citizenship is an important part of being a media specialist. There were several aspects that had not occurred to me before.I have attended several events for parents in different school districts in my area. As with the people who would take the time to read this book, involved parents tend to be the ones who attend those events. However, having more parents taking part can do nothing but help.I wond [...]

    19. As a professional web developer, I thought I was very savvy about what my tween and teen daughters had to gain and lose in their connections to screen-based technology. I'd had conversations with them and regularly "audited" their devices to see what they were doing there. However, in the first fifty pages of Screenwise, I had already marked half a dozen things I wanted to discuss with my kids and my husband. As much a book for educators as it is for parents, Screenwise forces adults to see the [...]

    20. Every parent must be concerned about this issue. Limiting screen time is not enough. This book made me realize that it's more important for us parents to prepare our kids for the digital things rather than restrict them from such things. I also liked the idea to encourage them to create instead of just consume. I'm glad I've read Boundaries with Kids: When to Say Yes, When to Say No to Help Your Children Gain Control of Their Lives, since boundaries are mentioned multiple times in this book and [...]

    21. I appreciate the neutral stance on technology from the book: it gets exhausting to feel the push-pull of pro- and anti-technology when it comes to children (and education); instead, here lies some good conversation on how to better parent (and educate) in a world increasing embracing and changing due to technology."Online games are like regular board games. You, as a parent, can approach this idea with judgement or you can see it for what it is, a parallel world. But this world still centers aro [...]

    22. Screenwise, by Devorah Heitner is a smart and engaging exploration of the digital lives of kids, and how parents can help their children learn to navigate this technological world. She teaches us how parents can learn to mentor their kids as they embark on their social media journeys. It's filled with incredibly useful and wise advice, based on real-life examples. It's a book that is a must-read for parents and for educators.

    23. Very useful guide for parents about helping your kid navigate the brave new world of digital connections we all seem to be inhabiting nowadays: apps, online gaming, personal smartphones/tablets, etc. It's both up-to-date and unspecific; enough to stay current for the next several years at least, giving good, solid, general advice on these matters. Recommended for all parents who live in a community where kids commonly have access to their own tablets/phones.

    24. What a terrific book for parents and folks working with kids to navigate this digital world we live in with our kids. Some good things to consider and steps to take for me to figure out how to approach the digital questions I have with my 8th and 6th grader. Definitely a must read! Thank you Devorah Heitner for your efforts!

    25. An excellent book for parents, encouraging a balanced approach to the tech in their kid's lives. Heitner advocates for mentorship over monitoring and gives many practical recommendations and challenges for doing that.

    26. The advice here feels well-reasoned and moderate, and the author's style is enjoyable to read. This is a topic that deserves the thought Devorah Heitner has given it. I'll be recommending it to any parents I know.

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