Talking Back to Facebook – Must-Read for Every Parent

June 11, 2013


Talking Back to Facebook

Talking Back to Facebook

Talking Back to Facebook: The Common Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age is new and on sale on our site this month. After hearing author, Jim Streyer, founder of Common Sense Media, give the keynote speech at the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts in Los Angeles last week, I knew we needed to offer it on in our store.

Jim Streyer is an inspiring speaker and gives parents a big wake-up call about what is going on with kids in the digital age. It’s not all about Facebook; rather, it is about kids living in a digital world with which the parents are mostly unfamiliar. Digital has changed kid’s communication patterns and given completely strangers access to your child. This is an issuee that all parents need to manage carefully. I plan to recommend this book to family and friends with growing families. The Common Sense Media site provides reviews and top picks of various digital books, games, etc. This is the list of their 10 beliefs:

1.We believe in media sanity, not censorship.

2.We believe that media has truly become “the other parent” in our kids’ lives, powerfully affecting their mental, physical, and social development.

3.We believe in teaching our kids to be savvy, respectful and responsible media interpreters, creators, and communicators. We can’t cover their eyes but we can teach them to see.

4.We believe parents should have a choice and a voice about the media our kids consume and create. Every family is different but all need information.

5.We believe that the price for free and open media is a bit of extra homework for families. Parents need to know about the media their kids use and need to teach responsible, ethical behavior as well as manage overall media use.

6.We believe that through informed decision making, we can improve the media landscape one decision at a time.

7.We believe appropriate regulations about right time, right place, and right manner exist. They need to be upheld by our elected and appointed leaders.

8.We believe in age-appropriate media and that the media industry needs to act responsibly as it creates and markets content for each audience.

9.We believe ratings systems should be independent and transparent for all media.

10.We believe in diversity of programming and media ownership.

About the Book

Now, more than ever, parents need help in navigating their kids’ online, media-saturated lives. Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading kidsand- media organization, and the father of four children, knows that many parents and teachers—unlike their technology-savvy kids—may be tourists in the online world.

In this essential book, Steyer—a frequent commentator on national TV and radio— offers an engaging blend of straightforward advice and anecdotes that address what he calls RAP, the major pitfalls relating to kids’ use of media and technology: relationship issues, attention/addiction problems, and the lack of privacy. Instead of shielding children completely from online images and messages, Steyer’s practical approach gives parents essential tools to help filter content, preserve good relationships with their children, and make common sense, value-driven judgments for kids of all ages.

Not just about Facebook, this comprehensive, no-nonsense guide to the online world, media, and mobile devices belongs in the hands of all parents and educators raising kids in today’s digital age.

Read more about it here

About Unhooked Books

Unhooked Books is more than an online bookstore. I opened Unhooked Books after seeing a need for one place for people to find the best and most current information available on mental health, divorce done differently, co-parenting, parenting living and eating healthy, and managing your life and relationships.

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