Raising Your Child in a Digital World - Essential tips from my book
Raising Your Child in a Digital World: Finding a healthy balance of time online without techno tantrums and conflict
Available now (Finch Publishers)
As modern parents we’re raising kids who are experiencing ‘digitalised childhoods’. They often learn to tap, swipe and pinch before they’ve learnt to ride a bike, tie their shoelaces or even grip a pencil. They’re growing up surrounded by a smorgasbord of screens. This is overwhelming and confusing for many parents, as we experienced ‘analogue childhoods’ (we spent countless hours staring at the sky, not at screens).
Not only do we have to wrangle remote controls and tablet devices from our children (and deal with subsequent techno-tantrums and meltdowns), but we’re also worrying about their screen habits and riddled with ‘techno-guilt’. Raising screenagers is hard!
Modern parents face a multitude of digital dilemmas:
// Is my child’s screen time okay?
// Is all this time with gadgets helpful or harmful?
// How much time should they spend online?
// Is my child’s vision/posture/hearing being affected by all this time they spend with screens?
// Are kids actually learning when they’re online?
We’re bombarded with myths and misinformation about young kids and technology. So our natural instinct is to fret and worry.
But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Let me take the guesswork and guilt out of parenting young children in the digital world.
In my practical book, that’s packed with simple ideas and essential information for modern parents, I de-bunks the myths. I arm parents with facts, and eradicate their fears when it comes to understanding what young children, aged 0-12 years, really need to thrive online and offline in a digital world.
I draw on my years as a teacher, researcher and mum to translate essential, research-based information so today’s parents can make informed choices about how they can harness technology with their children (and ditch their techno-guilt in return). I show parents that we don’t have to be afraid of technology (because whether we love it or loathe it, it’s here to stay).
I share simple, practical ways that we can use technology, like TV, iPads and video games, with little ones, without having to worry about it derailing their health, wellbeing and development. This book will give you peace-of-mind that your child’s online time is safe and supportive of their developmental needs and will highlight what your child really needs to thrive offline too. And the good news is, it’s not complicated. Modern kids actually need really simple things for healthy development and screens can be part of their world.
Ditch your guilt and confusion for good. Find healthy and helpful ways to use technology with your little one, whilst also minimising any potential pitfalls (without having to unplug the TV or ban the iPad).
PRICE- $29.99 plus postage and handling (Australia delivery only)
This book needs to be in every home where our digital children aged birth to 25 live
"Dr Kristy shares my concerns around the potential for harm when technology is used too much or inappropriately and in her book, she has explored research and common sense to give parents an excellent guide to navigating this strange new world. She guides parents on how to make good decisions in the home while being mindful of what to be careful of at various ages and stages in terms of internet usage. She makes complex information easy to read and understand. This book needs to be in every home where our digital children aged birth to 25 live."
Maggie Dent | Author | Speaker | Parenting Educator
Impressed by this new book
"Impressed by this new book which is well researched and steers carefully and in details around the hazards and harms of too much screen use by children and teens. It's not merely balanced (which can be a cop out), but very specific about what to avoid and why, and is based around what children need for their age and stage."
Steve Biddulph | Author | Speaker | Parenting Educator
A wonderful resource
Kristy’s book is insightful, meaningful and a wonderful resource tool for parenting today. It is well written, informative, reflective and would have no hesitation in recommending to my friends.
Kerry Islin | Mum of 3
A much needed resource
As a researcher in young children’s technology use I’m increasingly aware that parents need more information about how to survive and thrive in this digital age. In ‘unpacking’ key research for parents, Dr Kristy Goodwin’s work here presents a much needed resource.
Dr Kate Highfield | Macquarie University, Institute of Early Childhood
Now more than ever we need this book!
Now more than ever we need this book! This book gives peace of mind, that children can thrive in a digital world and stay connected to themselves and the world around them. Kristy delivers the research but more than anything she solidifies the need for play, connected relationships and getting outdoors in nature and that you don’t have to give up one to have the other. She encourages that we can strike a balance and use technology to our advantage while nurturing the spirit of our child. Bravo!
Kerry Spina | Mum & Author Kids in Harmony
An essential parenting handbook
Raising Your Child in a Digital World is an essential parenting handbook full of handy and useful tips. Kristy also highlights any potential risks to manage devices in the digital world, so you don’t have to worry about their screen-time.
Pamela Moore | Mum of 3 & Teacher
A must read for all parents of young children.
Dr Kristy has written a breakthrough book combining evidence-based information with practical tips to help parents make informed decisions about raising children in the digital age. Parents no longer need to feel overwhelmed, confused and worried as they navigate this new digital terrain. Complete with techno-tips, myth-busters and case studies, Raising Your Child in a Digital World is a must read for all parents of young children.
Ani Tuna | Founder + Editor of Mum Life Australia
Raising young children in a digital world can feel overwhelming for parents who grew up in the analog age. Dr. Kristy Goodwin understands what parents are most concerned about and provides evidence-based advice grounded in child development theory and what we know about early learning and healthy media diets to help parents navigate the digital age and feel confident making informed choices about if, how, when, where and why young children engage with technology. She reminds all of us that what matters most for raising 21st century children is what has always mattered most – the convergence of interactive media and interactions with others. Relationships between young children, parents and educators are the most essential human technology in any age.
Chip Donohue, PhD | Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education, TEC Center Director, Fred Rogers Center Advisory Council Member
Now more than ever we need this book! This book gives peace of mind, that children can thrive in a digital world and stay connected to themselves and the world around them. Kristy Goodwin delivers the research but more than anything she solidifies the need for play, connected relationships and getting outdoors in nature and that you don’t have to give up one to have the other. She encourages that we can strike a balance and use technology to our advantage while nurturing the spirit of our child. Bravo!
Kerry Spina | Author Kids in Harmony