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|Format: DRM Free ePub|
Vendor: Rose Publishing
Publication Date: 2016
Children spend an average of 7 hours and 38 minutes a day on digital media, plugged in and glued to screens, according to recent studies. That's 5.5 hours over the recommended limit, often leading to poor school performance, behavioral problems, neck pain, and much more. With Dr. Gregory Jantz's Ten Tips For Parenting The Smartphone Generation learn to avoid the negative consequences and enjoy watching your child gain the most out of technology.
Smartphones. Computers. Tablets. One of the biggest challenges for parents is balancing the advantages of cutting-edge technology and endless information with the dangers of unlimited exposure. From practical tips on setting good examples for your child to ways of wisely monitoring what they see and do with technology, Dr. Gregory Jantz packs Bible-based ideas and solid research in a 112-page guide to help you protect your children as they learn to interact with media and technology.
In this easy-to-understand guide, you will gain the confidence to—
- Set a good example in regulating screen time, increasing quality family time
- Establish positive and educational uses of technology
- Set boundaries and parent controls to protect your children from bad habits, cyber-bullies, and online predators
- and more!
3 Key Features of Ten Tips For Parenting The Smartphone Generation
Based on years of time-tested practice and decades of helping those suffering with anxiety, Dr. Gregory Jantz shares his seven effective answers in this 112-page guide.
1. Easy-to-Read Practical Advice
- Setting Your Own Boundaries and Standards—Children learn by example and take after your personal habits
- Tracking & Monitoring Your Child's Phone & Internet Use—Many parents feel uncomfortable spying on their children, but protecting them is your first priority
- Encouraging Scriptures for Support—Enjoy being strengthened by the Word and the Lord who provides everything you need to raise your child up in his ways
- and more!
Enjoy getting practical and effective tips on teaching your children to manage media that you can start applying now. Includes—
2. Covers the Key Topics on Parenting in the Age of Technology
- Practice What You Preach—Set your own standards and boundaries for media use as an example for your children to follow
- Figure Out How Much Is Too Much—Learn why experts recommend a 2-hour maximum for daily media use
- Watch Out for the Bad—Learn practical ways to keep your children safe from adult content, cyber-bullying, online predators, and more
- Look Inside, Not Just Outside—Connect with your child on a deeper level as you gain insight on why and how they use technology
- and much more!
Enjoy having the major elements of raising boys into followers of Christ in one booklet! Includes—
3. Based on Solid Research and Biblical Advice
- What are the health risks for excessive technology use?
- What are the signs of technology addiction?
- What does the Bible teach about parenting by example?
- and much more!
Answers common questions such as—
Ten Tips to Parenting the Smartphone Generation
1. Practice What You Preach
Telling your child to put their smartphone away at the dinner table before returning to a text message can be confusing to them. Before you can set limits for your child, you need to know what your own limits are. Whether you favor technology or are suspicious of it, enjoy having ready-to-use checklists and questions and take the first step to setting a healthy example for your child.
2. Figure Out How Much Is Too Much
Obesity. Lack of sleep. School problems. Aggressive behavior. Too much media can have drastic effects on children. How can you limit screen time to a healthy and reasonable amount? Dr. Gregory Jantz includes an easy-to-use chart to help you measure how much time your child is spending on media (all you need is a pen or pencil!) Also includes 9 practical tips for teaching your child how to create healthy habits including—
- Helping children make healthy age-appropriate choices in their media diet
- Encouraging the use of non-electronic media
- Create screen-free zones at home
- and more!
3. Remember—If You Bought It, It's Yours
It's easy for kids to get attached to devices—yet these are the very same devices you purchased for them. Gain insights on why parents buy devices for their children (to distract or please them), and learn to use technology to enrich your relationship rather than divide it.
4. Find the Off Switch
Dive right into practical tips and methods to limit screen time. When you motivate and set clear boundaries for your children, you will be surprised with how much easier it is to connect with them. Learn to—
- Set ground rules and start a family discussion about media-use
- Clearly set consequences ahead of time
- Know when to be flexible with limits
- and more!
5. Watch Out for the Bad
Get educated about the two categories of danger: content and use. From adult material to cyber-bullying to health risks, get equipped to detect and confront the most common negative side effects of media use.
6. Enjoy the Good
In healthy doses, technology and media can be positive sources of education, independence, entertainment, and stress relief. Learn how to take advantage of the benefits of media and technology in age-appropriate ways. Using these tips and pointers, enjoy watching your children and teens become strengthened to wisely handle media and make godly choices on their own.
7. Look Inside, Not Just Outside
Another benefit of technology is that it can help parents monitor how their children are doing socially and emotionally. Children aren't always vocal about their feelings or experiences at school, especially if they feel embarrassed or ashamed. Using these helpful insights, you can learn how to create safe places for discussion between you and your child.
8. Find Out What You Don't Know
Some parents feel uncomfortable spying on or tracking their children, but protecting your child is your first priority. Dr. Gregory Jantz includes tips and insights to help you track your child's phone and monitor the content of their media. Experience the peace knowing that you can tighten security on access to your child, protecting them from adult content and even unwanted texts or messages from another person.
9. Pray for the Best, but Plan for the Worst
As your child grows up, you have less control over what they see, whom they interact with, and how they behave. It's perfectly normal, but what do you do when rules aren't followed and boundaries are crossed? Follow these 7 trusted steps for solutions in times of crisis, including—
- Staying calm
- Creating a dialogue between you and your child or teen
- Give your child time and space to process what happened
- and more
10. Keep Up with Changes
You already know it's almost impossible to try to learn about every new gadget, app, and trend while you're juggling groceries, a job, and parenting. From staying up to date with the news to gaining insight from other parents, enjoy having 4 simple and effective shortcuts to keep up with the latest topics, dangers, and trends.
Ten Tips to Parenting the Smartphone Generation is perfect for individual and group use. Great for counseling, new parents groups, single moms groups, church giveaways, and more!
Jenn4 Stars Out Of 5Quick TipsAugust 28, 2017JennQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I am a parent who may be considered part of the smartphone generation, so I was interested to see what tips this book would offer. It's a quick read, very simply laid out. I appreciate that the first chapter is all about setting the example and first looking at your own use of technology. I feel that that may be the hardest part for myself - learning to limit my own usage in order to be the example. There are a couple studies cited, as well as correlating Bible verses throughout. I think this is great for someone who is foreign to technology and low on time. I'd like something a little meatier, but then again I might never get around to reading it if it weren't so short. I felt that it would have been nice to have more info concerning a teen's view. I understand that it's important to be the parent and set boundaries, but I'd also like to know how to collaborate with a teen so that he/she feels trusted and safe in communicating with me. Overall this is a good little starter book for those who have no idea how to approach technology limits.
Emily4 Stars Out Of 5Eye-openingAugust 24, 2017EmilyQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4This ebook was quite interesting. I have been looking into limiting this since taking custody of 4 boys, and this was actually quite eye opening. I'll definitely be using tips and what I learned from this ebook and implement it in my household. Worth a read for anyone looking for the same.
Ksas5 Stars Out Of 5Eye OpenerAugust 16, 2017KsasQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was very eye opening. It made me see just how much my family and I are using technology. It also has helped me find ways to set boundaries for just how much we use. Hopefully soon we will be able to cut majority of our technology use out and enjoy other things as a family. This is a wonderful read ! I recieved this book free for my honest review but that in no way swayed my opinions on this book. My opinions are my own.
Trisha Smith5 Stars Out Of 5Must Read for ParentsAugust 11, 2017Trisha SmithQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Smartphones have truly changed the way we interact with one another in society. People are attached to their phones and feel like part of them is missing if they do not have it with them at all times. We are permanently bonded to our phones and rely on them for nealry everything.
But as parents, what do we do when we see our children relying on them as heavily as we do? How do we teach our kids that a phone is not an extension of their body, but a tool that can give them aide? It is common to see people walking around with phone in hand, nose buried in it, or to see people staring at their phones rather than interacting with other people. Our phones have become more familiar to us than people, the social element of interacting with others lost to an entire generation. That is alarming, a concern that we should have if we are parents. But where do you begin with teaching your kids appropriate use of their phones?
Greg Jantz has written an excellent guide for parents to help them address these concerns and answer their questions. He provides a mere ten tips, but they are all full of great ideas and Godly advice that parents can use immediately. Not only will you learn how to help your children understand the need to set aside the technology, but you will find support for yourself, as well. You will learn how to model appropriate use and interaction to your children, while setting limits and boundaries that don't leave you wanting to pull your hair out and abandon your efforts.
I am very impressed with this book, as I have been with his other writings. He is an amazing author and full of great insight. I love knowing he offers Godly counsel and Biblical principles while helping you to learn and grow. His writing is easy to read, insightful, and free of distracting errors and grammatical mistakes. He writes with true talent and knowledge.
This is definitely a book that I recommend to any parent with kids old enough to have phones of their own. And it is a must read for any one who uses technology regularly.
MommyEyez5 Stars Out Of 5Great for parentsAugust 10, 2017MommyEyezQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Technology can sometimes consume us because it plays a huge role in our everyday lives. If you want to be "in touch" you need to learn how to properly utilize technology. As technology evolves we want our kids to be "in touch" too. But when do we set a limit for our kids technology usage? This is a question I've asked myself multiple times since having my first child. As a full time working mom, it's hard to tackle a job and house life. The everyday obstacles has many times led me to resorting to technology as a means of "babysitting" when I have to run around the house to cook or clean. I've unfortunately fallen into the trap of saying, "go watch tv" or "play on your tablet" or even, "here play on my phone" while I do X, Y and Z. Unfortunately, this has lef my kids to search thtough the world of youtube where unfortunately they have found violent videos. What do i do know when i fostered them to use that technology? This book has been an eye opener, reminding me that if I am a frequent participant of technology usage, my kids will follow my footsteps and do the same. How can I blame them when I'm doing what I'm telling them not to do? This book provides tips and ideas on setting boundaries with technology. I definitely recommend it.