The Big Disconnect

  • by Catherine Steiner-Adair, Teresa H. Barker
  • Narrated by Kirsten Potter
  • 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Have iPads replaced conversation at the dinner table?
What do infants observe when their parents are on their smartphones?
Should you be your child's Facebook friend?
As the focus of family has turned to the glow of the screen - children constantly texting their friends, parents working online around the clock - everyday life is undergoing a massive transformation. Easy availability to the Internet and social media has erased the boundaries that protect children from the unsavory aspects of adult life. Parents often feel they are losing a meaningful connection with their children. Children are feeling lonely and alienated. The digital world is here to stay, but what are families losing with technology's gain?
As renowned clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair explains, families are in crisis around this issue, and even more so than they realize. Not only do chronic tech distractions have deep and lasting effects, but children desperately need parents to provide what tech cannot: close, significant interactions with the adults in their lives. Drawing on real-life stories from her clinical work with children and parents, and her consulting work with educators and experts across the country, Steiner-Adair offers insights and advice that can help parents achieve greater under-standing, authority, and confidence as they come up against the tech revolution unfolding in their living rooms.
We all know that deep connection with the people we love means everything to us. It's time to look with fresh eyes and an open mind at the disconnection we are experiencing from our extreme device dependence. It's never too late to put down the iPad and come to the dinner table.

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Predictably alarming & disconcerting

Very useful framing of challenges for children and their parents. I would have appreciated more focus on advice to deal with coaching children regarding peer pressures for parents seeking to shelter them from environments that are awash in texting, Facebook, and Snapchat.
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- Amazon Customer

Eye opening for a parent that grew up in the 80s and 90s

This book was invaluable as a mother to four children ages 4-12 and a child therapist. The review of child development and the careful interweaving of how development can be impacted by technology was informative and changed the way I look at my technology use and the technology use of my children. This book should be required reading for parenting in our current technological age.
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- mom of 4

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-13-2013
  • Publisher: HarperAudio