Description of the Book from Amazon
Today's babies often make their debut on social media with the very first sonogram. They begin interacting with screens at around four months old. But is this good news or bad news? A wonderful opportunity to connect around the world? Or the first step in creating a generation of addled screen zombies?
Many have been quick to declare this the dawn of a neurological and emotional crisis, but solid science on the subject is surprisingly hard to come by. In The Art of Screen Time, Anya Kamenetz--an expert on education and technology, as well as a mother of two young children--takes a refreshingly practical look at the subject. Surveying hundreds of fellow parents on their practices and ideas, and cutting through a thicket of inconclusive studies and overblown claims, she hones a simple message, a riff on Michael Pollan's well-known "food rules": Enjoy Screens. Not too much. Mostly with others.
This brief but powerful dictum forms the backbone of a philosophy that will help parents moderate technology in their children's lives, curb their own anxiety, and create room for a happy, healthy family life with and without screens.
The publisher was kind enough to provide me with a copy of this book to review. All opinions are my own and honest.
I want to start by saying I am NOT a parent, but I am a teacher. Every day I see the pros and cons of screen time in not only a few children but in many. I myself know I use screens WAY too much but it's something I'm working on. When my daughter finally comes home (I'm adopting) I know that I want to limit her screen time but wasn't sure how much. Every day there seems to be a different opinion out there about the use of screens for children. This book was a refreshing and informative read that is based in research. The author provides her readers with the evidence-based research that parents need to help find a balance. After that she gives practical tips and ideas on how to use this information in their own lives. For myself there are things from this book I can see me using not only in my personal life but in my classroom. We can't live without screens but we can find a good balance and I feel like this book does a great job providing us with ways to find that balance.