The Big Disconnect

The Big Disconnect

Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age

Book - 2013
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Clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair takes an in-depth look at how the Internet and the digital revolution are profoundly changing childhood and family dynamics, and offers solutions parents can use to successfully shepherd their children through the technological wilderness.

As the focus of the family has turned to the glow of the screen--children constantly texting their friends or going online to do homework; parents working online around the clock--everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation. Easy access to the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from damaging exposure to excessive marketing and the unsavory aspects of adult culture. Parents often feel they are losing a meaningful connection with their children. Children are feeling lonely and alienated. The digital world is here to stay, but what are families losing with technology's gain?

As renowned clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair explains, families are in crisis as they face this issue, and even more so than they realize. Not only do chronic tech distractions have deep and lasting effects but children also desperately need parents to provide what tech cannot: close, significant interactions with the adults in their lives. Drawing on real-life stories from her clinical work with children and parents and her consulting work with educators and experts across the country, Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that can help parents achieve greater understanding, authority, and confidence as they engage with the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms.

Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062082428
Branch Call Number: 303 .4834 STE
Characteristics: 374 p. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Barker, Teresa

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Jul 09, 2017

The Big Disconnect, while published only 4 years ago, is already a bit out of date. Girls don't use Facebook much anymore, where women over 35 do. The book is repetitive too and could be half the length. I am 2/3 through it without feeling that it has provided me with actionable strategies. There are likely more succinct resources online to understand the issue and what to do to change tech in the family.

vpl_childrens Dec 15, 2015

The Big Disconnect is an up to date account of the impacts that technology can have on families.

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