Why this Topic?
A parent guidebook for families living in a digital world. It was a simple idea. Based on my experiences with my own daughter, my students, and my research into how college students cope with learning technologies in the classroom, I have experienced first hand the complexities families and individuals are facing as we learn how to adjust, adapt, and navigate an ever changing digital landscape.
My goal was to write something that emphasized the importance of respect, modeling behaviors, and embracing the positive power of the digital communication technologies all around us. Each of us has a different comfort level with communication technologies and that comes through in how we integrate digital tools within our family. Our values and our beliefs play a prominent role in the actions we take when setting boundaries, having discussions, and making decisions on the media we consume. This philosophy is at the heart of my book. I begin with laying out a process that any family can follow to better understand everyone's comfort level with the tools around us, so you and your family can set your own ground rules and manage your family conversations around technology adoption and use in your own home. I include questions you should be considering at different ages and stages of your children's development and activities, and provide you with worksheets and examples throughout the book.
I hope I have succeeded in writing something that will help you and your family cope, communicate, and stay connected in our digital world.
Dr. Laurel Bongiorno
Dr. Laurel Bongiorno
"Making thoughtful, well-informed decisions and engaging in relationship-strengthening conversations between parent and child are key to successfully negotiating technology-use – whether your child is five or fifteen. As an early childhood educator, I know that parents are exploring uncharted territory. I imagine this is comparable to the first generation of parents who had televisions in their living room; now, cell phones, iPads, video games, and constant connectivity are pervasive. Parents must make sense of the media messages designed for them and the commercial messages designed for their children. Elaine brings a myriad of issues to light at all stages of a child’s development.
This book provides parents with practical support. Elaine challenges parents to be smart – to learn to use parental controls, to give information, to set limits, to foster healthy parent-child relationships, and to parent well. She also believes in collaboration between home and school. Elaine suggests that both should work together to teach safety and responsibility as a technology-user. Elaine and I have had many conversations over the past years about school administrators who choose to ban certain technologies rather than using them as learning opportunities. Open discussion is central to a strong understanding of privacy, safety, and responsibility. Elaine encourages keeping that conversation going."
Learn more about Dr. Laurel Bongiorno via her bio at Champlain College
What others are Saying about Tuned-In Family
"As a mom of three, an educator of twenty-eight years, and a Graduate Mental Health Counseling student I must recommend this book to anyone that interacts with children or technology. This book is engaging to read, easy to understand, and apply to our lives. It challenges us all to start the discussions and explore the world of digital connectivity.” – Elizabeth Danyew, Kindergarten Teacher, Graduate Student
“As the parent of a teen and a 10-year-old, I have spent an inordinate amount of time worrying about the safety of my children and just what they are up to online and with social media. Elaine’s book has helped me to separate fact from fiction and to ease my mind a little – okay, a lot! She brings good sense to an emotional topic and I feel educated enough to have reasonable conversations with my kids regarding this topic moving forward. Thank you Elaine!” — Kim Dubrul, Life Coach: Your Year of Transformation
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