Sunday, April 2, 2017

Screens and Teens: A Book Review

About The Book:

If you feel like you're losing your teen to technology, you're not alone.
Screen time is rapidly replacing family time, and for teens especially, it is hardwiring the way they connect with their world. 
In Screens and Teens, Dr. Kathy helps you make sense of all this and empowers you to respond. She:
  • Exposes the lies that technology can teach your teen
  • Guides you in countering those lies with biblical truths and helpful practices
  • Shares success stories of families who have cut back on technology and prioritized each other
Kathy's research, experience, and relatability all come together for an inspiring book, sure to help you be closer with your kids.  
Grab a pen and get ready to underline, circle, and write "That's so us!" in the margins. Be equipped to keep your family connected. 
You can download a copy of the book's discussion guide, here, in PDF format
You can read an excerpt of Screens and Teens here, in PDF format
About The Author:
Kathy Koch is the Founder and President of Celebrate Kids, Inc., based in Fort Worth, Texas. She earned three degrees from Purdue University, including a Ph.D. in Reading and Educational Psychology. Before moving to Fort Worth to establish her ministry, Kathy served as a tenured Associate Professor in the education department at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. She has also taught second grade, coached at the middle school level, and served as a school board member for a Christian school. Kathy travels overseas twice each year, usually to help missionaries meet the educational needs of their children. She speaks to parents, women, educators, singles, students, and missionaries nationally and internationally and has been privileged to speak in 17 countries.
Kathy is author of How Am I Smart and Finding Authentic Hope and Wholeness, and is a regular contributor to three international magazines. She writes columns for Just Between Us, a magazine for women founded by Jill Briscoe, Interact, a journal for Christians educating their children overseas, and Teachers of Vision, a magazine for Christians teaching in public schools.
Kathy lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
My Review:
Technology is here to stay and for parents that does not have to be a scary thing. Author Kathy Koch does a marvelous job at explaining how technology, while overall not a bad thing, can be detrimental to the emotional and social development of teens when a balance between using it and not is not a good one. She reminds us about the needs that teens have and how technology and teens collide. This book reminds the reader how technology effects our teens and gives parents, teachers and youth ministry staff great tools to navigate the presence of technology in all our lives. A great read about technology and parenting from a great Christian worldview, that all parents need to read.
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase Screens and Teens online through Moody Publishers here.
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Moody Publishers, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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