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Did your friend tell you that you allow your kids too much time on the screen? Do you wish your kids could spend a little less time on the screen than they do? Do you feel guilty about your kid’s habits with electronic gadgets? to be precise, screens? Do you feel like you can’t change that? Well, John and Kimberley Woods have your back with their book The Guilty Parents – Screen kids. Just like John and Kimberley Woods put it, it is “a reassuring guide to parenting screen time, preventing digital addiction, and the uses of technology for positive child development.” Reading through the introduction, I realized that John and Kimberley Woods are a couple who have been together for more than two decennaries and are both in parenthood. You will be surprised to know that despite having diverse educational backgrounds, none of them has specialized in a discipline that deals with child welfare and wellbeing, yet The Guilty Parents – Screen Kids is a great piece of work, it addresses almost everything to do with parenting.
John and Kimberley Woods’ style of writing is unique and great. Most of the book is written in the first-person perspective, this comes in handy with the understanding of parenthood John and Kimberley portray, it gives the reader the consolation that somebody else understands their situation and also gives them a sense of belonging. John and Kimberley embrace a friendly tone in The Guilty Parents – Screen Kids right from the start, their words sound casual, yet they carry the “down to business” tone. I loved how John and Kimberley would occasionally address the reader personally in second-person perspective, they said reassuring words that seem to answer a reader’s question or confirm that their doubts are wrong. John and Kimberley’s choice of words is tailored to make the reader comprehend the message being conveyed. The words albeit simple, give the book a professional touch.
The Guilty Parents – Screen Kids has eight chapters each with sub-topics. The titles of the chapters are ingeniously catchy and appropriate. They are questions parents ask themselves, for instance, the first chapter is “am I a bad parent?” John and Kimberley answer these questions soundly and in my opinion, professionally, by providing facts and also referring to statistical data and other forms of research. You will learn a lot of things in this objective fast read than you will ever learn anywhere else about parenting as a whole because John and Kimberley address more than parenting with screen time
I summarized The Guilty Parents – Screen Kids into two sections. The first section addresses the personal concerns of parents with screen interaction and general parenting, it comprises the first two chapters. In this section, John and Kimberley Woods let parents understand that their kids are of a different generation from theirs, they make parents understand that technology is now part of everyone’s life, without the exception of their children. Parents are urged to embrace technology and are advised on how to use it positively for their good and their kids’ good. The second section addresses the concerns of parents towards their kids with screen interaction and general parenting. John and Kimberley Woods clear the air about various fears parents have regarding their kids’ screen usage. They educate parents on how they can monitor their kids’ screen usage and basically how they can make screen usage advantageous to their kids, parents will find a lot of solutions for various problems in this section. Parents are also enlightened on the benefits of screen time and more. If you are yet to read The Guilty Parents – Screen Kids, then you are missing out.
I did not find anything worth criticizing or disliking about John and Kimberley Woods’ The Guilty Parents – Screen Kids. It is a magnificent piece of work. I did not find any errors in the book, it was exceptionally and professionally edited. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars. Those who are in parenthood, prospective parents, and enthusiasts of nonfiction books will love The Guilty Parents – Screen Kids.
The Guilty Parents-Screen Kids by John and Kimberly Woods is a guide to screen time in a way that is non-addictive and positive for child developments using technology as a tool to educate advancements. Technology is a big part of live that is constantly evolving faster than ever before and the book explains how evolving as parents through in thrusting technology in your homes can be used in a good way to teach not just al the bad things we hear about it.
In the beginning of the book an introduction is maid of the authors of the book just to give you some basic information and insight. But mostly to give you background that creates a good sense of warmth from one mother to another. It makes the book al the more of a good read to know that the book is there to help de-stress parents.It is a positive about the book to know Kimberly Woods is alsow a mother and homemaker as stated in the introduction giving the feeling of warmth.
I do feel al the Quotes in the book can feel a little bit overwhelming as it already started in the introduction it would be the biggest negative about the book if you do look past it the book is a good way to gain some positive insight on what can be gained from using technology for child development. The book is mainly about helping parents to us technology in their homes as a development tool in their lives. It also helps us to know when technology starts becoming a problem. The book gives us warnings that things can be bad wen over doing it. Great tips are given bout indirect peer pressure regarding what to do and wat not to do
There is a lot of different things every parent has worries about the book takes a look at most of them giving some insight into what can be done to make the best of it. I would give the book a 3 out of 4 rating. As I mentioned the Quotations does give the book a formal feel that I find to be a negative but the book is still a good read even if it feels a bit formal.
I would recommend new parents, old parents and expecting parents read the book it helps make informed decisions about parenting in a involving world a bit better. The book gives insight but still keeps in mind that no person is the same and so no education structure will be the same. It is a good guide to us wen creating the structure of using technology in an involving world a bit better.
The book is a good guide to parents on how to deal with children and technology. I found it to be very informative and helped calm most of the anxiety I had in relation to my children playing online games and the general use of technology. This book teaches parents and guardians that it is okay to allow children access to technology as long as it is monitored and not done excessively. It reminded me that the world we live in is changing, we cannot keep our children hidden away from this change because of our fears, but we can instead look at the positives and take control. This book by John & Kimberly Woods addresses a number of concerns that parents have like, as the title suggests, the guilt parents feel when their children seem to be addicted to their iPads, the fear of the unknown online world and that of being bad parents. This book certainly encourages us to be more open-minded and to not be hard on ourselves as parents but instead to make more informed decisions that are best for us and our children.
What I like about this book is that it has lot of good suggestions for educative, mind stimulating as well as health and fitness games that we can allow our children to have access to on the internet. This books also has tips on how to manage the time your children spend on the internet and helps us better understand the online world itself. The authors show us the positives of technology in our children’s lives, like the skills they acquire while playing some of these games and of course the joy and relaxation that comes with it.
I found a few of the points to be a bit repetitive but this was not annoying because I understood that it was just to emphasize the authors’ message.
The Guilty Parents – Screen Kids seemed to be well researched and was very well written. It has references from articles and TV shows that are relevant to the subject. I found it to be easy to read and understand. There were no typos found in this book, so I would give it a rating of 3 out of 4 stars.
I would recommend this book to all parents and guardians, especially those who have children who have access to the internet and play games online. Being a parent myself, I applaud myself for having read this book because I now can make better and informed decisions about screen time in my home and about the content I allow my children to have access to.
Being a parent must be a railroad of emotions. You feel an unmatched love for your child. They must make you angry as nobody else does, they drain you of energy sometimes, and you worry. You worry a lot about everything. And one of the most recurring worries that every one of us have heard parents have is about screentime. Everything about that square object seems to throw parents all around the globe into a frenzy: the time their kids spent in front of it, the type of content that they see, and the consequences that it has in the long term for their babies.
The guilty parents—screen kids. A reassuring guide to parenting screen time, preventing digital addiction, and the uses of technology for positive child development is not a manual but more like a very well-founded opinion. In it, John and Kimberley Woods give us their perspective on screen time, dividing the book into different chapters, each posing an important question that every parent has undoubtedly asked themselves at some point. For example, “are screens causing my child to become a loner?”, the central question of chapter 5. It also tries to give parents some helpful tools to help them make their own decisions about how to approach screens.
I found the topic quite interesting, even though I am not the target audience for this book, seeing as I don’t have children, nor any young kids to my care. And I have to give credit to the Woods’ for making the book so easy to digest. I also enjoyed the pace of the book. Even though it is a serious matter, and the purpose of the book is to help you to tackle this subject, the authors managed to pose the issue in an almost fun way, as they stated: “… and if you have a little giggle along the way, then where is the harm in that?”. In my opinion, they accomplished that goal.
But, although they try to look at the positive aspects of screen time for children and do a fantastic job of not judging parents for the amount of time they let their children be in front of a screen, I feel like they might’ve taken that a little to far. I was left with the feeling that they picture an ideal world, where parents are very aware and involved in what content their children are consuming on their tablets. If it is educational, not harmful, etc., and the way I see it, (though I might be wrong) more often than not, it is not the case. In my opinion, they didn’t manage to get this point through. They briefly mention it at some point in the book, but as far as I am concerned, they didn’t fully commit to this idea, as they did with so many others throughout the book.
I was also kind of disappointed that they touched so briefly a topic as significant as cyberbullying in a book that talks about screen time for children, seeing as it is a relevant point to make.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. It is a book worth reading. I am sure that if I were a parent, I would’ve liked it even more, and I recommend it to every caregiver out there. But even though I’m not one of those people, I can still see the brilliance in their ideas and appreciate their way of communicating with their audience.
This book titled Mindful Screen Time by John and Kimberly Woods has been written to cater the needs of those who are becoming parents in this highly digital age. It prepares the mindset that should be adopted by future parents in this digital age, and also restructure the existing mindset of nowadays parents regarding their kids and the screen. It does not only address the internal dilemma of the parents towards the urge to fight the screen away from their kids but also provides practical solutions in handling this issue.
There are many positive aspects that can be highlighted but what I value most is how the authors explained the issue in the simplest and understandable way. I now understand that screens are not the enemy of our kids and in fact, they can be a great tool in bringing out the biggest and numerous potentials within our little ones. It motivates me to equip myself with the knowledge of how to deal with the screen kids and how to implement good screen usage towards the kids.
There might be little to no negative aspects that I have found in this book, however, I choose to highlight how the audience could become too comfortable with the comforting thoughts that the authors had emphasized in this book regarding how parents and screens should not be enemy. The audience might take the screen kids for granted. However, it does not make such harm if the audience really is getting the points where we should not be too overwhelmed by the issue since what has been brought to our face is somewhat wrong regarding the screen kids and at the same time, we have to embrace ourselves to still be cautious of the impact of screens towards our kids. The balancing element is there although not so strong.
I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. The book is very well edited, easy to understand and comprehend. It is a perfect book to be kept as a parenting collection. I find it very interesting to be used as a guidebook through the daily journey of parenting since the tips and tricks are given very practical in daily life.
This book is much recommended to the parents out there who are struggling with their screen kids. It is also suitable for future parents either married couples or single persons to read this book since it can provide early mindsets in raising kids during this digital age.
The Guilty Parents-Screen Kids written by John and Kimberley Woods is a widely researched product that seeks to find the balance between the amount of time kids spend on screen and remaining true to their core values, thereby being aware that what they see on screen is worlds apart from real life happenings. The book seeks to expose some myths about parenting and who to describe as a good or bad kid. The couple did a good job by letting the audience know that such concepts are subjective, as people differ in character and interpretations of such characters. Parents therefore are advised to try getting closer to their kids and explaining certain decisions and actions they take to their kids, so they do not feel treated unfairly or see their parents as having double standards. They are also entreated to avoid comparing their kids to others because, most parents are insincere and tend to make their kids seem superior and best behaved, which may actually not be the case.The Guilty Parents-Screen Kids explains the various means by which parents could make their kids’ screen time more enjoyable and fun, at the same time, being immensely educative, without the kids being under any pressure whatsoever. Having time for oneself away from the kids by going out with your partner or even having your own screen time with or away from the kids are ways to keep being yourself as you go through the journey of parenting. Even though there are many negatives about screen time, the writers tried to highlight the best out of it while keeping an eye on the worst about screen time.
The book is under two hundred pages and seeks to make kids, and parents alike find their time on screen more profitable by suggesting various educative and challenging Television shows as well as games such as The View, Minecraft, Rainforest Day, Audubon Owls, World Atlas, Word Scrapes, Mr Nussbaum among others.
Even though screen time has a lot of negativity tagged to it, the book focused mainly on the positives, with very little emphasis on the negatives. It seems to have rather downplayed the negatives of screen time. I believe that if the same or even similar attention given to the positives of screen time had been given to the negatives, the effect could be better.
I rate this book three out of four stars because there were few grammatical errors and abbreviations, as well as certain statements which seemed quite exaggerated to me.
I recommend Guilty Parents-Screen Kids by John and Kimberley Woods to all parents, guardians, teachers, all persons who handle kids and kids alike, as this makes them appreciate what is given them and why certain restrictions are necessary.
In this technological era, Mindful Screen Time by John and Kimberley Woods is an excellent book that gives guidance regarding several scenarios involving technology that today’s kids are exposed to. Screen time is the new way of having your kids’ friends over to your house and navigating this new normal can sometimes become daunting. In this book, the Woods takes the hands of the parents and leads them unto a positive and safe path that will be beneficial to both parents and children.
This book contains many practical and up-to-date information that are easily relatable and which also rings true as parents try to navigate this technologically based era to get the best outcomes. It is not an easy journey for parents and children but it is one that must be navigated firstly and then it also needs to be done cautiously and smartly as well. John and Kimberley Woods took time out to introduce themselves, gave their experiences and credentials which makes them credible to offer this kind of advice to help parents and kids traverse screen time issues to get the very best results.
Mindful Screen Time gives several references to relevant studies that reiterates valid pointers in a vivid way. The authors took time to explain the positive aspects and the absolute necessity of screen time in today’s world and more so for kids. The examples given of alternate apps for various aspects of concerns and of those that are age appropriate which can be utilized to make screen time productive is a wonderful aspect of Mindful Screen Time. Being online is the new normal and it’s here to stay, therefore learning how to appropriately manage screen time to create harmony in the home is critically important. These factors I found to be positive aspects of this book.
The authors could have delved more into how to effectively deal with screen time addiction which most parents are now facing. While the aspect of online addiction was addressed, this challenge is great and getting more in-depth help to effectively deal with it is very important. This additional information was not offered in this book and I deem that as being a negative aspect because it is a reality of the technological era.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars because there is a spelling and a grammatical error within the pages, otherwise the book is reasonably edited and easy to read in the format it was presented. This book should be read by every adult that has to supervise and or interact with a child or children when utilizing screen time as it will give valuable insight and help to maintain sanity, balance, and boundaries. It also teaches how to effectively and positively utilize the inevitable use of screen time.
Kids’ interest and engagement in technology basically phones and tablets has become a deep concern to parents especially those in developed countries. Managing a kid’s screen time and academic engagements may pose a great challenge to an average parent as both appear incompatible. But with prudence, one can wade out of the quagmire rather than wallow in it. And this can be achieved by striking a balance between screen time and school work. At first, it may appear to be and of course can actually be daunting but when resoluteness is applied, can be very rewarding both for the parent and the kid.
Mindful Screen Time by John and Kimberly woods is an exploration into the ostensibly corrosive implication of screen involvement to kids. The authors have been able to educate parents on how to take positive advantage of their kid’s screen time, allaying fears that hitherto had gripped parents, and giving guidelines on how to draw a line between proper use and overindulgence.
Though not so lengthy, the book carries all necessary and helpful guides as to how parents should handle kids regarding technology and school life. Each proposal approach is captivating and got me perky and apprehensive.
Besides a few terms which may only be understood by those in the American Continent, the book is accessible and the choice of words is non ambiguous. And though a very few typo errors are noted, the book is a very potent tool that can redirect the child training course of any parent as regarding technology. I therefore give it a rating of 3 out of 4.
Seeing your child doing the right thing and being happy is the boundless joy of any parent. This book is highly recommended to parents who are facing the challenge of kid’s screen time management and to would-be parents who wish their kids have a balanced life academically and technologically. It may be an effective guide to parents whose kids have free or unrestricted access to technological devices. it may not be useful to peasants and parents in underdeveloped communities whose kids may not have access to technological devices.
The guilty parents-screen kids is a book written by john and kimberly woods. This parenting book is about parental fears, guilt and concerns as it relates to kids screen time. It explains how that technology is the new order of the day and shows great ways to which parents can maximize the advantages made available for their kids via guided screen time.
The book stated various sites and games that kids can engage in which have educational benefits as well as improving their social development. It shows how setting limits can create a healthy screen time for kids.
There are no negativity in the book as the book is both educative and informational.
I rate this book a 4 out of 4 stars. I gave it a perfect rating because it enlightens parents and helps them to overcome guilt and self condemnation that arise from them regulating their children’s screen time.
I recommend this book to parent and intending parent. Anyone involved in children’s upbringing.
Mindful Screen Time written by John and Kimberley Woods is a very relevant book to the times we live in. The book is entirely about technology, our children and even ourselves, with regards to how much time is spent on electronic devices. The authors not only provide support and encouragement but throughout the book they provide tips and references geared towards improvement. Improvement on how to monitor our children and also on how to feel better about ourselves and the choices we make in this regard.
The process on handling issues relating to our children and screen time is likened to a map which gives us directions with the hopeful outcome of little or no harm.
The book is very detailed in each aspect that John and Kimberley Woods think is necessary in moving towards a healthy balance and as close as possible to the right amount of screen time. It teaches not just you as parents but your children as well to be mindful as the title suggests, of the time spent on devices which would be the first and most important step towards making it a positive experience. References are made through the entire book which directs you to other books, articles, blogs and YouTube videos.
Some points are repeated throughout the book and even make reference to previous chapters. Depending n how you look at it this can be looked at as positive reinforcement wherein the writer wants to drive home some important points or as being repetitive to fill in words.
The book seems to have been professionally edited as only one grammatical error was noted.
I would rate this book 3 out of 4. The reason for this rating is that although the writer has put a lot of thought and research into this book, some consideration also needs to be put in based on the new methods of learning implemented because of Covid restrictions and protocols. Children now have classes online so some adjustments would need to be considered in this regard.
I would recommend Mindful Screen Time to any parent that may be struggling with guilt and or finding the right balance when it comes to the amount of time their children spend on electronic devices. It may also be helpful to adolescents who are at the level of maturity where they are aiming for self improvement.
When you decide to read a book meant to be a guide, you expect it to deliver in that regard; that is, be a guide to your readers by setting us on the right path. Mindful Screen Time by John and Kimberley Woods delivered on that remark. It takes us on a parental journey of embracing the advent of technology in our children’s lives and its positive impacts on modern-day society. When parents doubt their children are spending more time on their game consoles or using the internet more frequently than necessary. You fear it may have a detrimental impact on your child’s intellect in one way or another. Then John and Kimberley will reassure you because they have spent a tremendous amount of time researching your problems and trying their best to ease your fears.
What I liked most about this book was its educational significance. It is an excellent book for modern-day and traditional people because it highlights technology’s positive and negative aspects. The positives can help control the negatives when you have gained what this guide is trying to explain. At first read, you are engrossed with the understanding of the book because it is your everyday life, informative enlightenment of a parental roadmap of how raising children in our tech-savvy time can be frustrating. But this book helps assist with your decision making and provide solutions to your children’s “screen time” to help parents grab a cup of coffee, focus on other activities and know that everything is on track.
This book focuses on everyday life, so shall I focus on it. While reading, I sometimes got overwhelmed, maybe because I am not yet a parent. This book can feel repetitive at times, but just as a minor takeaway and half of the time, you want to say I already know this. It can be a good thing that means you are a modern tech-loving person, or it could be wrong because you just spent time on something you already knew.
It was a good read, with adequate information to grasp the helpful understanding to aid our decision-making. I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I could not give it a perfect 4 out of 4 because it felt repetitive for me despite being near perfect.
As much as I benefited immensely from reading this book, it is not a book that may appeal to everyone. It is streamlined in its audience, which targets parents and may not be a fit for non-parents. I can only recommend this book to parents because of these facts.
(i)Mindful screen time by John and Kimberley woods.(/i) It is a self-help book for parents. It is a small book with a lot of information in it. This book talks about screen time for children, which can be both active and passive. It gives a clear picture that screen time is inevitable in following generation, all we can do is to teach them how to handle it. This book gives a clear idea for the parents who are being hard on themselves for allowing the children to be on-screen. It also emphasizes that screen time is a part of their life so, as a parent, what we can do to be a better parent to them at the same not being hard on ourselves. This book also break many myths about video game playing, game influenced violence, and gaming affecting the children’s creativity and social skills. This book also talks about how screen time helps children to develop their social skills, creativity, and communication skills. Screen time is also helpful for children who are struggling with autism, and it helps to develop their social skills. This book keeps on emphasizing hat screen time is not always bad for children it has its positive and negative aspects and gives us an idea about, how, as parents, we can handle them.
The Authors share a passion for parenting, which had let them write this book. Mr. John has done on research how technological development impacts people of all ages and
Mrs. Kimberley studied the development of children. Moreover, they have referred so many articles to bring authorized information. All the information they have shared in this book are easy to apply and reliable. It is really a helping guide for parents to guide their children in a better way. It also guides parents to put themselves in the shoe’s of their children so that they can understand their children better and guide them in a good way. Also says that being socially active is part of their life as much as ours, thus giving parent a child’s view on screen time. In addition, the language used in the book is simple and easily understandable. These are positive aspects I find in this book.
There is no negative aspects I find in this book. But the information that given here may not be completely depended upon. It’s just an overview about how to handle things, and it may or may not be applicable to everyone. It’s no professional advice to be completely relied on. Furthermore, it’s not a negative aspect about this book, but a note to be kept in mind. Other than this, it is a wonderful book.
I rate this book(b) 4 out of 4 stars(/b). The book is well edited, and the authors have done excellent work to give reliable information to parents. Raising children with screens is one of the difficult task and I hope this book will help parents to raise their toddlers in better way. This book deserves this rating.
I recommend this book for parents especially, apart from them anyone who has a kid in their family can give a read it’s worth.
We live in a digital age where using a phone, tablet, laptop, or computer for everything is a necessity. Children, like adults, spend a significant amount of time on screens, watching YouTube, and playing games. These online activities are causing stress and concern to the parents for being a bad influence on them. Problems about children spending too much time in front of a screen instead of playing outside, learning something new, or socializing with family members are widespread among this generation.
Is staying online a bad influence on children, or do they need to be exposed to it? Mindful Screen Time by John and Kimberley Woods dispels all myths and concerns about a child’s routine involving excessive screen time. The book also covers all the parenting mantras and how to handle children while maintaining a happy environment.
In the early days, watching television and playing outdoors was the only source of entertainment and leisure for the kids. These activities are now becoming obsolete due to technological advancement thanks to mobile phones and tablets. Nowadays, kids prefer playing online games and watching videos, which leads to behavioral problems, intellectual growth, and health concerns. They’ve divided the book into two sections that deal with parenting tips, and excessive use of electronics. This book addresses these issues and offers advice to parents on how to make the best use of screen time. It also explains the benefits and drawbacks of being online. The authors have provided several tips for parents on how to make screen time beneficial for their children, balancing work and entertainment. The book also discusses the myths surrounding the use of smartphones and tablets, with comparisons between the old and new ways.
The authors have used easy and understandable language. Every issue that parents in today’s generation face have been addressed. The authors offer several strategic plans for maintaining a peaceful environment between parents and children. The book is divided into chapters that discuss parents’ concerns about the use of digital content. The authors have provided numerous alternatives for enjoyable and engaging learning experiences. The editing is excellent, with no noticeable flaws. The book’s format is simple to follow.
I have no complaints about the book. The authors conducted extensive research and presented their perspectives on the use of smartphones and tablets. I give this book 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend it to any parent having similar issues while working with their children.
How many times have you caught yourself aimlessly scrolling on social media for hours? What about reaching for your phone the instant you wake up? What about your children? How many hours do they spend in front of a screen? How much screen time is safe? Mindful Screen Time by John and Kimberley Woods aims to debunk the stigma attached to children spending time on a screen. We live in an era where tablets and phones have replaced books and television. Children today realizes that these devices and ways of communicating are faster and more efficient. John and Kimberley Woods have done extensive research on the effects screen time has on our kids. How much time should they spend playing video games? How does screen time benefit your child? This intriguing book has all the answers.
Judging from the book’s title, I thought this was another book stating the dangers of too much screen time. It was actually the opposite. The authors showed us how helpful and valuable screen time actually is. What I liked most about this book was that the authors not only did research, but had first-hand information on the topic. They give the scenario of a mother dealing with young children. Giving them some screen time not only keeps them busy but also gives the mother some time to do some household chores or have a bit of relaxing time. I think a lot of us parents use screens to occupy our children’s time when we are busy. John and Kimberley Woods encourage us not to feel like a bad parent for doing this. After all, screens were invented to make life easier.
The only slightly negative thing I found about this book was that some aspects were repetitive. I had to stop and check to make sure I wasn’t reading the same chapter twice. The authors explained the positives of playing video games. While I agreed with their points, I think it could have been kept in just one chapter of the book.
Despite the small negative aspect of the book, I think it deserves a rating of 4 out of 4 stars. The book was exceptionally well edited, with no typing or grammatical errors. I liked how well-researched this book was. The authors provided information from articles, experiments, and surveys. They also provided lists of educational games that we can introduce to our children.
I would recommend this book to mothers who stay home all day with toddlers and older children. This book will give you motivation and will ease your mind if you allow your kids a little screen time now and again. This book is a very realistic and relatable one.
Every parent of this generation is bound to suffer distressing over their kid’s screen time. Constant in check and overcontrol can result in the exhausted parent and disappointed child. John and Kimberley woods in Mindful Screen Time address this issue.
The book starts with calming you against doubting your parenting skills. It explains the stigma attached to the screen, how it can turn you guilt-ridden and how to combat it. Standing out from the pool of fear-biased information about screen time, this book has pointed out a lot of its pluses. In this book, one will learn about the difference between active and passive screen time. The authors have suggested practically proven tips for parents to bond with the kids during screen time and off-screen times. It clarifies if your kid is getting dumb, lazy or loner due to screen. The video games and violence in it is another headache for parents. This book will give you a brighter perspective on online games, online bonding and if that does make any actual damage to your child’s psychology. The authors have provided various examples of video games and apps that are educational or beneficial in any other way, particularly to children.
I have never read any book about screen time before this. But I know how much this issue concerns the parents of this generation. I appreciate the efforts put by authors in making parents realise that technology is now an inseparable part of our lives and managing its use comes only after accepting the former. The best part about this book was the authors backing up their arguments with previously conducted studies and surveys. It reinforced the persuasive tone of the book. The chapters are titled in the form of questions that offer the readers’ flexibility to choose their main concern.
Mindless scrolling is so often accompanied by mindless eating, and it was clever of the authors to cover that topic. They have directed about mealtime scheduling to avoid unhealthy snacking. This book is written in a form that can very easily influence the readers’ minds and shift their bias towards the productive side of screen time. It sticks to the point that how overconsumption is a matter to focus on and not the screen time itself. It also uses familiar examples to prove the point.
On the negative aspect, I felt that even if the titles are different, some content under them is very much repetitive. For a very distressed parent, it can still act as a tool for strengthening the reassurance. But it surely stole the show for me. The probability of children coming across something inappropriate for their age is way much higher in today’s world. It can be in the form of ads, pop-ups, notifications from some apps or headlines on some browser’s home interface. Though it is mentioned, I think this issue should have been addressed in a little more detail, Probably in a separate chapter. There are ways to lock the phone’s screen on one app and restrict entry into another. These things are missing that prevent this book from becoming an exclusive guide on parenting screen time.
Since I did not find any spelling or grammatical mistakes in the book, it was exceptionally well edited. For all the above-mentioned reasons, I am rating this book 3 out of 4 stars.
I would recommend this book specifically to parents and babysitters. This book can also be read by someone who wants to extend their knowledge on the positive viewpoints of technology and screen time.