Category: Print

Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

"Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children spend many hours a day focused on electronic screens. The documentary “Web Junkie,” to be shown next Monday on PBS, highlights the tragic effects on teenagers who become…
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Resisting the Siren Call of the Screen

New York Times Books of the Times reviewer Dwight Garner lauds The Big Disconnect as an essential cheat sheet for parents. “I will never forget the experience of reading Ms. Steiner-Adair’s book…Her summary of what to say to your kids … is so good, so State of the Union-like, that I took a photo of…
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Finding Family Connections Without a Search Engine

Dr. Steiner-Adair's research and "the candid responses from children — particularly teens — about their feelings when faced with technology dilemmas are eye-opening," in The Big Disconnect, says reviewer Brooke Lefferts of the Associated Press. Excerpt: Steiner-Adair offers startling statistics on how much kids are using technology and calls the fast takeover of tech a…
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Parents: Say No to Screens: PW Talks with Catherine Steiner-Adair

In a Q&A interview, Dr. Steiner-Adair discusses how the Internet and new technology are transforming American households--and child development Excerpt: How worried should we be? Very worried. But just as parents can say no to TV, they can say no to screens—except for homework. There is absolutely no reason that 8-year-olds need smartphones. Parents must…
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What do Our Kids See When They Watch Us on Tech?

Dr. Steiner-Adair's call to action for parents to model healthy habits in their tech use makes The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age "an important guide" to parenting in our tech-driven culture.
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The Parenting Paradox of the Overly Tech-connected Family

Excerpt: Parents face the paradox of the faster, broader communication and access to information that technology brings leading to disconnection in the family as its members communicate less often face-to-face. Clinical psychologist and family therapist Steiner-Adair explores the changes in the dynamics of family life when there are fewer conversations around the dinner table, fewer…
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How Parents Can Win the “Revolution the Living Room”

In a starred review, The Big Disconnect is called a must-have for every parent. Excerpt: In a book that should be required reading for all parents, Steiner-Adair examines the extraordinary negative impact of the digital revolution on parents and children. Throughout this highly readable study, Steiner-Adair offers sound and sympathetic advice regarding this unprecedented “revolution…
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The Best Nonfiction of 2013

The Wall Street Journal names The Big Disconnect in its top ten picks for nonfiction in 2013. “This riveting piece of journalism disguised as a self-help tome chronicles how new technology has disrupted family life. Parents pacify infants with iPhones, toddlers play violent games and pre-teens are sexting. The book offers no easy answers but…
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Researchers Find Parents’ Digital Distraction Affects Kids

Dr. Perri Klass interviews Dr. Steiner-Adair in a report on a new study in the journal "Pediatrics" about parents' digital distraction. Excerpt:“Children of all ages — 2, 15, 18, 22 — used the same phrases to talk about how hard it is for them to get their parents’ attention when they need it: sad, angry,…
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The Wall Street Journal – Best Nonfiction of 2013

The Wall Street Journal names The Big Disconnect in its top ten picks for nonfiction in 2013. “This riveting piece of journalism disguised as a self-help tome chronicles how new technology has disrupted family life. Parents pacify infants with iPhones, toddlers play violent games and pre-teens are sexting. The book offers no easy answers but…
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3 Ways to Be a Go-To Parent for Your Teenager

“As parents, we want to be the best first responders when our teenagers get in trouble,” says Dr. Steiner-Adair in a Your Teen feature article. But when she asks teens what their parents do that make the kids inclined to turn to them, the teens often say, ‘Oh, I’d never go to my parents.’” Why…
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