Even for today’s most tech-savvy parents, managing children’s screen time is a huge challenge fraught with uncertainties. Is it OK to occasionally pacify your toddler with your iPhone? What kinds of video games will boost your 7-year-old’s learning and development? Should you follow your teenager on Instagram? Our own parents certainly never had to wrestle with these issues, so where can we turn for the latest information, guidance, and support?
A new book on sale in either paperback or hardback priced £9.99 and £33.99 respectively post descriptions say’s, “How to Find Balance and Benefit in Your Child’s Use of Social Media, Apps, and Digital Devices by Jodi Gold, MD”
“Just as our mothers and fathers worried about too much TV, today’s parents worry about their children getting lost in cyberspace… Screen- Smart Parenting provides a blueprint for parents today. Dr. Gold has given [parents] the tools they need to keep their children on track. In a time when there is always a new device or platform just around the corner, Dr. Gold’s book is a relevant and timely addition to any parent’s library.” -Tori Burch, CEO, Designer, and mother of three
Jodi Gold, a leading child and adolescent psychiatrist, fields these types of questions all the time. “I get daily calls from parents asking if they should buy their child a phone, let her join Facebook, or let him play Call of Duty,” she writes in Screen-Smart Parenting: How to Find Balance and Benefit in Your Child’s Use of Social Media, Apps, and Digital Devices. You can purchase this book over on Guilford Press.
We don’t know the rules. Because there are no rules. In her comprehensive new guide, Dr. Gold helps parents develop a customized family media plan based on the concepts of online resilience and digital citizenship – in other words, the ability to maintain a healthy and positive online persona, and to use technology responsibly and appropriately.
The good news is that you don’t have to tackle everything at once. “Just as you don’t have to worry about toilet training and sex education at the same time, your child will learn how to navigate your smartphone long before you become concerned about her sexy profile picture.” Dr. Gold helps parents break down ‘digital milestones’ based on age, and determine what a child is ready for, what might be risky or inappropriate, and – perhaps most important of all – how digital media can contribute to healthy development.
With equal parts professional authority and parental empathy (she is the mother of three), Dr. Gold offers parents a blueprint for creating realistic, do-able expectations for the whole family. Screens don’t have to be the enemy. Armed with the latest research and an informed strategy, you can help your child explore and master the digital world around them. Dr. Gold says, “With a media plan and an understanding of the shifting digital landscape, your family can make the best possible use of digital technology and remain adept, smart, safe users of the most exciting tools we’ve ever had.”