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 "revolution" that's subverted family life. The book isn't a condemnation of technology, and actually points outs some of its virtues. Steiner-Adair suggests video games can connect kids with peers and promote strategic thinking, video chats with relatives far away can reinforce family ties and online friends can provide a healthy sense of belonging. But too often children are choosing technology over imaginative play, reading and establishing real relationships through conversation and screen-free time. Many parents feel out of control when it comes to setting limits for tech use — especially when kids say they need it for homework. Steiner-Adair warns that parents who choose not to pay attention are doing a disservice to their children. She provides discussion points that require kids to commit to transparency and respect for the privilege of computer use.   http://movies.yahoo.com/news/finding-family-connections-without-search-engine-123905569.html   August 14, 2013 8:39 AM  

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