This illuminating investigation takes a fresh look at the role of media in children's lives. An overview of the formidable challenges parents face and creative ways to overcome them are included, as are strategies for turning a home environment from "high-tech" to "high-touch." Moving beyond demonizing the media, this work, like none before it, articulates the difficulties of parenting in our depersonalized society. It offers hopeful alternatives for all parents wanting to protect children from, and teach children about, media's impact.
Gloria DeGaetano is the founder of the Parent Coaching Institute and the author of Screen Smarts: A Family Guide to Media Literacy and Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie, and Video Game Violence. She lives in Bellevue, Washington.
My reaction: The first time I read Gloria DeGaetano's book "Parenting Well in a Media Age: Keeping Our Kids Human" I was a college student. It was required reading for a child psychology class. At that time I didn't know I would be a mother five short years later. Nevertheless, it was a compelling read and I could already relate since I had a nephew and a lot of experience as a children's counselor at various camps. I couldn't put it down and every page had a phrase or sentence I just … more