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Screens and Teens applauds the good aspects of the digital age, but also alerts parents to how technology contributes to self-centered character, negative behaviors, and beliefs that inhibit spiritual growth.
Number of Pages: 114
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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If you feel like youre losing your teen to technology, youre not alone.
Screen time is rapidly replacing family time, and for teens especially, it is hardwiring the way they connect with their world.
In Screens and Teens, Dr. Kathy helps you make sense of all this and empowers you to respond. She:
- Exposes the lies that technology can teach your teen
- Guides you in countering those lies with biblical truths and helpful practices
- Shares success stories of families who have cut back on technology and prioritized each other
Kathys research, experience, and relatability all come together for an inspiring book, sure to help you be closer with your kids.
Grab a pen and get ready to underline, circle, and write "Thats so us!" in the margins. Be equipped to keep your family connected.
"If youre a parent of teens or preteens, or you work with teens or preteens, youve undoubtedly experienced the phenomenon of teens stuck to their screenswhether its phones, tablets, computers, or other technology. And, youve likely noticed the difficulty of talking with these tech-savy kids who have grown up not knowing what life is like without technology at their fingertips. In her latest book, Screens and Teens: Connecting With Our Kids in a Wireless World, Dr. Kathy Koch, helps parents and youth workers explore these topics and discover principles and practices to connect with teens who seem inseparable from their screens.
Koch explores the following topics:
technology and our deepest human needs;
truths about todays teens;
less and more (less screen time, more family time);
lies that come through to teens through technology;
and the ultimate connectivity.
While Koch provides a lot of amazing advice, personal anecdotes and real-life stories, she also takes a biblical approach to communication, which I wholeheartedly appreciate. And, theres a discussion guide included at the back of the book, and its purpose is to jumpstart discusions about technology and its influence. These are great questions that can be used in a small group study setting, in a parenting class, or even by parents and their teens.
This book is full of practical advice. There were some "Oh, yeah. Thats the truth" moments and there were some of those lightbulb, "Now it makes sense moments!" Ive come away from Screens and Teens with some very easy-to-implement strategies and ideas as I navigate life with a teen and do my best to disciple her to become more Christ-like.
I highly recommend Screens and Teens for parents, youth pastors, youth teachersanyone who deals with teens regularly. Its an easy, yet challenging read, but one that will equip you to better connect with and communicate with the teens and preteens in your life. Learn more at www.screensandteens.com
Screens and Teens is written by Dr. Kathy Koch is the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., a Christian ministry based in Fort Worth, Texas. She is an internationally celebrated speaker who has influenced thousands of parents, teachers, and children in 30 countries through keynote messages, workshops, seminars, assemblies, and other events. Find out more about the author at www.DrKathyKoch.com.
* Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for this honest review."
Reviewed by Laura Langley, Feb 4, 2015
Heather Bardin5 Stars Out Of 5Voice of Wisdom in the choices of today's familiesApril 1, 2015Heather BardinQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Making wise decisions as a parent can be difficult, how much more so for our children and teens? We desire for their choices to be smart or at least positive, for their focus to be on that which is beneficial. As a believer, my desire is for my daughter's focus to be on her Lord and His will for her in all circumstances. Who has her heart's focus? What voice is she listening to, what wisdom? I could guide these things when a younger child, but now there are so many competing voices and attention grabbers. My goal should not be to keep her under the umbrella of my protection, but to show her how to use her own umbrella.
My goal, yes, but in the midst of a world with louder voices and sounds, more options than even I can choose from. The sound of that distant child's song, "Oh be careful little eyes what you see" daily shouting failure as I struggle to find control over ever electronic device from a heart of fear. Yet these same electronics are tools to communicate with another Autistic daughter. How can I expect wise choices from my teen when I struggle to find my own in a cacophony of advice?
Enter the wisdom of Dr. Kathy Koch in "Screens and Teens", practical advice. More than that, an eye-opener to the lies we have allowed to penetrate our families and our youth, lies taken as acceptable truths. Dr. Kathy does not leave us with correction and nowhere to go, throughout "Screens and Teens" we find truth. Truth to counteract every lie we face as parents, and every lie our children face. Our teens need us. They need us to model and guide them to find wisdom and joy. They need us to guide them through the chaos of choices to find peace, even when that means limiting the noise. We need to know we do not have to lose our youth to this accepted idea of teens versus parents, we can keep their hearts and their focus. All this in one book? Yes. "Screens and Teens" gives answers and healing when there seems to be none. A book for parents, youth and even children to begin asking questions and seeking those answers as a family, these screens we live with have a place, we can allow our family to define it without sacrificing family or child.
Mary Mccurdy5 Stars Out Of 5A Positive Tool for Your Parenting Arsenal in the Social Media Wars!March 30, 2015Mary MccurdyQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Following up on her book 'How am I Smart?' Dr. Kathy Koch had blessed us with a further help for the teens in our lives. "Screens and Teens'is another great tool to help us discern the effects of the technology revolution that our kids live in as everyday normal life. Dr. Kathy doesn't just lecture from the perspective of a sociologist observing the world but rather as a friend who loves children and wants to see them grow up with discernment for the proper use and place of technology in their lives. In this book she gives practical advice that isn't fear mongering as to the problems with social media but rather a realistic look at the negatives and ways to combat them. However, this is not a negative book, but it is an encouragement to take seriously the rise of social media and the demise of true socialization. She encourages us to meet the true needs of our children (Security, Identity, Belonging, Purpose, and Competence) so that we take ourselves by the nap of the neck initiating the journey back to family socialization, involvement in healthy friendships, and disciplined enjoyment of the positive aspects of social media. Definitely a book for "such a time as this.' I look forward to using this in a parenting group. A great tool for the social media wars all parents face today!
Sparkypink5 Stars Out Of 5Great book with practical wisdom for ALL ages!March 20, 2015SparkypinkQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I have heard Dr. Kathy Koch speak on several different occasions, and have read several of her books. She is a wealth of knowledge and I have loved everything I have heard her say. So I was super excited when I had the opportunity to receive a copy of her latest book, Screens and Teens: Connecting with Our Kids in a Wireless World, in exchange for my honest review.
First of all, don't let the name fool you. My kids are 10 and 7. I have been slowly watching technology completely take over their lives. And if I am perfectly honest, at 41, it is completely taking over my life as well. It's not too early to start implementing changes with my children, and it's not too late for me, either!
I love that Dr. Kathy is not anti-technology. She recognizes that technology is here to stay, and acknowledges its importance in life as we know it. Technology itself is not the issue. It is how we use the technology and how we let it dominate our lives. As a Christian, Dr. Kathy discusses how children are using technology to fill their core needs (Security, Identity, Belonging, Purpose, and Competence), when they should be filling those needs with God. Kids' brains are being rewired to expect choices for everything, instant gratification, and constant happiness. Dr. Kathy gives great practical suggestions for how we can help lead our children (and ourselves) to make wise choices and into a relationship with God.
Dr. Kathy is a terrific writer with a great message. I could not put this book down. I have already started making changes in our technology use, and have noticed a change in my children's behavior already.
You will not regret reading this book. I cannot sing its praises highly enough.
Penny5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent and a Must Read!!March 11, 2015PennyToday's families have new waters to navigate now that technology is involved and changing daily. Dr. Kathy does not stand on a soap box between all good or all evil, but rather gets us to ask ourselves the important questions like what and how much does are family want to participate in. I found myself not only thinking about my kids connectedness but my own as well.
Children need to be reminded that they are not the sole focus in the world (thank you selfies) and that Jesus is their guide not social media.
Thank you Dr. Kathy for this wonderful book!
RKR5 Stars Out Of 5Valuable Insight, but not just for TeensMarch 11, 2015RKRQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Dr Kathy Koch is always an inspiring speaker and this book challenges me. In our very tech-y household, we have real challenges and addictions to technology and screens. Screens And Teens is definitely challenging what had become our norm! Too much screen time had compromised the social skills of everyone in my household not just my kids. When we tried screen-free days, my kids couldnt get along at first! Talk about an eye-opener!! But this book isnt just for parenting. I appreciate Dr Kochs insight and am gradually making concrete changes for the good of my family. This book is very real and applicable to anyone in todays world! There are great practical tips on how to balance the gifts of technology, while encouraging us to focus on what really matters.