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Parents often worry about raising kids in a tech-saturated world - the threats of cyberbullying, video game violence, pornography, and sexting may seem inescapable. And while these dangers exist, there is a much more common and subtle way that technology can cause harm: by eroding our attention spans. Focused attention is fundamental to maintaining quality relationships, but our constant interaction with screens and social media is shortening our attention spans - which takes a toll on our personal connections with friends and family and our ability to form real relationships. Tech Generation: Raising Balanced Kids in a Hyper-Connected World guides parents in teaching their children how to reap the benefits of living in a digital world while also preventing its negative effects. Mike Brooks and Jon Lasser, psychologists with extensive experience working with kids, parents, and teachers, combine cutting-edge research and expertise to create an engaging and helpful guide that emphasizes the importance of the parent-child relationship. They reject an "all or nothing" attitude towards technology, in favor of a balanced approach that neither idealizes nor demonizes the digital. Brooks and Lasser provide strategies for preventing technology from becoming problematic in the first place; steps for addressing problems when they arise; and ways of intervening when problems are out of control. They also discuss the increasingly challenging issue of technology use in schools, and how parents can collaborate with educators when concerns arise over kids' use of
About the Author
Dr. Mike Brooks is a licensed psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology. He is the director of the Austin Psychology & Assessment Center (ApaCenter). He received his doctorate in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. He has a wealth of expertise in technology and gaming addiction, positive psychology, the needs of children and teens, and effective parenting practices. He is a frequent presenter on these topics, and maintains a website, www.TechHappyLife.com, devoted to the challenge of living a balanced life in a technological world. Dr. Jon Lasser is Associate Dean for Research for the College of Education and Professor of School Psychology at Texas State University. He earned his doctorate in Educational Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin and his master's degree in Human Sexuality Education from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a licensed psychologist and licensed specialist in school psychology (LSSP) in Texas. He co-authored Grow Happy and Grow Grateful as well as School Psychologist as Counselor: A Practitioner's Handbook. He works with children and families in private practice.