Screenwise offers a realistic and optimistic perspective on how to thoughtfully guide kids in the digital age. Many parents feel that their kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. Media expert Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children—if parents help them. Using the foundation of their own values and experiences, parents and educators can learn about the digital world to help set kids up for a lifetime of success in a world fueled by technology.
Screenwise is a guide to understanding more about what it is like for children to grow up with technology, and to recognizing the special challenges—and advantages—that contemporary kids and teens experience thanks to this level of connection. In it, Heitner presents practical parenting "hacks": quick ideas that you can implement today that will help you understand and relate to your digital native. The book will empower parents to recognize that the wisdom that they have gained throughout their lives is a relevant and urgently needed supplement to their kid’s digital savvy, and help them develop skills for managing the new challenges of parenting. Based on real-life stories from other parents and Heitner’s wealth of knowledge on the subject, Screenwise teaches parents what they need to know in order to raise responsible digital citizens.
About the Author
An experienced speaker, workshop leader, and consultant, Dr. Heitner founded Raising Digital Natives to serve as a resource for schools and organizations wishing to cultivate a culture of responsible digital citizenship. She enjoys working with excellent public and independent schools across the United States. Her book, Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in the Digital Age will be published by Bibliomotion in Fall 2016. Her curriculum: Connecting Wisely: Social Emotional Insights and Skills for Plugged in Kids is used by many excellent public and independent schools. Dr. Heitner has a Ph.D. in Media/Technology and Society from Northwestern University and has taught at DePaul University and Northwestern University. She is delighted to be raising her own digital native, too.
"The book is largely practical advice that focuses as much on parent-child relationships as it does on technology... She walks through numerous dangers that children can encounter -- not just pornography, but privacy, data-slurping, and plagiarism -- and provides common-sense suggestions for dealing with the consequences."- Wendy M Grossman, ZDNet UK Book Reviews
Introduction Chapter 1: Raising Digital Natives Chapter 2: The Kids Are Alright Chapter 3: Assessing Your Own Digital Literacy Chapter 4: Becoming a Tech-Positive Parent Chapter 5: Empathy Is the App Chapter 6: Family Life in the Digital Age Chapter 7: Friendship and Dating in the Digital Age Chapter 8: School Life in the Digital Age Chapter 9: Growing Up in Public Conclusion: Digital Citizenship for the Next Generation Acknowledgements Notes