Technology is all around us. There’s no escaping it. As a busy woman, mom of two teenagers, and aunt of younger elementary children, I am all too aware of the screen-driven world we live in. Sometimes, I look around a crowded room and see everyone’s face staring at a screen (TV, mobile phone or tablet). It’s can be hard to convince everyone to put down the devices and actually talk to each other – voice to voice, eye to eye.
When I was offered the opportunity to review Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World, I couldn’t wait to dive in.
I read Gary Chapman’s book, The 5 Love Languages, many years ago & loved it, so I had high hopes for this book. I enjoyed the content that spoke specifically to social media and how it affects not only children but adults, things such as:
- “The training necessary for growing up social isn’t found on a phone or tablet. There’s no app or video game that can replace interactions with other human beings. Social skills must be practiced in real life, beginning for a child in the home.”
- “The more a child is involved in screen time, the less time there is for interaction with parents, siblings and friends.”
- “More and more children are being taught how life works from a screen instead of the real-life classrooms of responsibility, chores, and family relationships.”
- “If your children are not interacting with the family in a way you consider healthy, it’s your responsibility to make a change.”
- “…technology works best when it’s a tool in your life. It becomes destructive when it becomes the main hub where most of your life is experienced.”
- “Physical presence matters. You cannot communicate intimacy through texts, emails, or tweets. The deepest form of affection is given face to face in real-time.”
- “If we leave our children unattended with their screens, we must be prepared to accept the consequences.”
Many of the tips offered in the book were practical and easy to implement. I think it equally balanced emphasized being intentional in taking proactive measures as well as measures to change bad habits that have formed.
What I Think Was Missing:
The middle section of the book spoke to five “A+ skills” that every healthy child needs to master. While this was great stuff, I felt like it didn’t belong in this book. It would’ve been great in a separate book. I also felt like some of the content was repeated several times throughout each chapter. In addition, some of the stories shared in the book seemed a little idealistic to me.
Overall, the book had some good points that parents today should take notice of. You can check it out for yourself by entering to win a copy by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to enter is 11:59pm Friday, November 14th.
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