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Times have changed a lot since I was a kid. I remember our first computer. I also remember when we first got the internet. We had to log in to the internet using a dial up modem. We only had one phone line so if someone was on the phone you couldn’t use the internet. It was painfully slow. Kids now have only grown up in the digital age. They do not know anything but having the world at their fingertips. It is amazing and wonderful the way things have advanced, but there are also a lot of concerns related to this new digital era. I have been lucky to receive a free copy of the book Growing Up Social by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane in exchange for a review on my site as well as a giveaway for one of my readers. Gary Chapman (you may have heard of) is also the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages books. This book addresses the issues of raising kids in a screen-driven world.
Growing Up Social is a fabulous book for parents to read to help them know how to help kids in this world that is so focused on technology. We have video games, smart phones, tablets, computers, and television all pulling on our attention. While technology is a huge benefit to us in so many ways, we need to be careful how much we allow our children to use it. The constant technology use is driving a wedge in family together time. Parents and kids may sit in the same room together, but they are each on their own devices and not talking or even looking one another in the eyes. This book gives parents a guide to help kids not be too dependent on screens. It gives ideas for bringing families closer together, keeping kids safe when they are online, teaching them how to interact without the screens, and also setting limits for kids screen time. I loved the chapters talking about brain development and what technology is doing to physically alter the brains of this generation. The chapter I loved most was about parents technology use, though. I think the amount of time parents are using screens influences what kids see as important. They want to do what Mom and Dad are doing. We need to be better examples and put down our own devices to spend time with our children in real life.
I loved this video trailer that they created for the book!