Screen-Smart Parenting How to Find Balance and Benefit in Your Child's Use of Social Media, Apps, and Digital Devices

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-10-21
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press

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As a practicing child psychiatrist and mother of three, Jodi Gold has a unique understanding of both the mind-boggling benefits and the serious downsides of technology. Dr. Gold weaves together scientific knowledge and everyday practical advice to help you foster your child's healthy relationship to technology, from birth to the teen years. You'll learn:

*How much screen time is too much at different ages.
*What your kids and teens are actually doing in all those hours online.
*How technology affects social, emotional, and cognitive development.
*Which apps and games build smarts and let creativity shine.
*How your own media habits influence your children.
*What you need to know about privacy concerns, cyberbullying, and other dangers.
*Ways to set limits that the whole family can live with.

Winner (Second Place)—American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award, Child Health Category

Author Biography

Jodi Gold, MD, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist in private practice and Clinical Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College. A nationally recognized expert, Dr. Gold speaks, writes, and makes media appearances on her developmental approach to parenting in the age of digital technology. She lives with her husband and three children in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Throw Away the Rule Book
I. The Brave New World
1. Understanding Your Family’s Digital Habitat: Cultivating Online Resilience and Digital Citizenship
2. Digital Milestones: The Facts Behind How Technology Affects Your Child’s Development
3. The Digital Landscape: What You Need to Know about the Tech Terrain
4. From the iPotty to Facebook Fame: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the Digital Debates
II. Growing Up Digital
5. Downloading in Diapers: Managing Your Child's Digital World before Preschool--Ages 0–2
6. Digitods and Technotots: Everything You Need to Know about the Digital World You Learned in Kindergarten--Ages 3–5
7. Digital Magic Years: The Calm before the Digital Storm of Middle School--Ages 6–8
8. Welcome to the Frequent Flyer Club: Equipped with a Digital Boarding Pass and Ready to Take Off--Ages 8–10
9. Tweens and the Texting Revolution: Digital Media Use at Its Peak--Ages 11–14
10. Just Digital: Rewriting the Rules on Independence, Dating, Friends, and School--Ages 15–18
III. One Size Does Not Fit All
11. The Digitally Challenging Child: Rewriting the Rules for Kids with ADHD, Anxiety, or Depression
12. Don't Take Away the Phone! The Nuts and Bolts of Your Family Digital Technology Agreement

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