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Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World

Mike Brooks Jon Lasser



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Oxford University Press
23 July 2018
Age groups: children; Psychology; Child & developmental psychology; Family psychology; Clinical psychology; Health & Self-Help
Parents often worry about raising kids in a tech-saturated world - the threats of cyberbullying, video game violence, pornography, and sexting may seem inescapable. And while these dangers exist, there is a much more common and subtle way that technology can cause harm: by eroding our attention spans. Focused attention is fundamental to maintaining quality relationships, but our constant interaction with screens and social media is shortening our attention spans - which takes a toll on our personal connections with friends and family and our ability to form real relationships.

Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World guides parents in teaching their children how to reap the benefits of living in a digital world while also preventing its negative effects. Mike Brooks and Jon Lasser, psychologists with extensive experience working with kids, parents, and teachers, combine cutting-edge research and expertise to create an engaging and helpful guide that emphasizes the importance of the parent-child relationship. They reject an "all or nothing" attitude towards technology, in favor of a balanced approach that neither idealizes nor demonizes the digital. Brooks and Lasser provide strategies for preventing technology from becoming problematic in the first place; steps for addressing problems when they arise; and ways of intervening when problems are out of control. They also discuss the increasingly challenging issue of technology use in schools, and how parents can collaborate with educators when concerns arise over kids' use of technology.
By:   Mike Brooks , Jon Lasser
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 149mm,  Spine: 27mm
Weight:   470g
ISBN:   9780190665296
ISBN 10:   0190665297
Pages:   328
Publication Date:   23 July 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mike Brooks, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and the director of the Austin Psychology & Assessment Center (ApaCenter), which is a group of psychologists and other practitioners who provide psychological and neuropsychological assessments, therapy, consultation, and coaching to people of all ages. Jon Lasser, PhD, is a professor and program coordinator of the School Psychology Program at Texas State University.

Reviews for Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World

We need to learn to achieve a balanced use of technology that will allow for the educated use of the many new devices available while still maintaining family and social connections... This book is an excellent way to learn strategies to do just that. It is a fact-based self-help book with a clear description of the problem; and with suggestions for coping as parents and consumers of digital materials... -- Metapsychology Online Reviews Relevant research that supports a balanced approach to technology use. --Library Journal, Starred Review .. .parents should find Brooks and Lasser's advice to be easily understood and solidly commensensical. --Publishers Weekly A welcome addition to the growing field of developmental psychology addressing the challenges of parenting in our tech-saturated times. --Shelf Awareness [Tech Generation] does a good job at approaching a notoriously tricky subject without ever coming across as preachy and without falling into the trap of over-simplifying the issues. --GeekMom

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