I LOVE IT!!!
Finally an author has taken the time to examine how technology is affecting our kids, and grownups. This is not a “technology is evil” book, this is a well thought out and researched book that examines both the positive and negative effects of the hours and hours of screen time kids are exposed too.
Of course one of the unforeseen results of technology is cyber bullying. Holli Kenley is a trained therapist and true expert in the area of bullying and relationships. In Power Down, Parent Up she gives parents the information they need to understand what cyber bullying is and offers great research based advice on how best to keep them safe.
I highly recommend it.
Holli’s well-researched book gives parents a road map on family technology and the effects that overuse can have on a child. The helpful advice on cyber bullying, and how to get support if your child has this experience, is excellent. Suggestions are shared, as well, to encourage the reader to create a family life that is not entirely built around technology and to set up guidelines for your children so they can thrive rather than suffer the unhealthy side effects of screen overuse. Power Down and Power Up is to the point and easy to read. In our technology filled world, this book is so needed. I highly recommend it.
A Little Goes a Long Way
This slim book impacts greatly. Like high density nutrition–a little goes a long way. Ms. Kenley expertly provides the core of essential research studies to make her important points–not an easy task, as those of us who have tried to synthesize the massive amounts of data now available about the negative impact of overuse of screen time on all aspects of children’s and teens’ well-being–from cognitive impairments and attention problems, to impulsivity and increased aggressiveness, to anxiety, depression and suicide to name a few. Ms. Kenley wraps up the leading-edge research in clear, succinct ways, never short-changing the studies nor their significance. In fact, because of her gift for integrating lots of information into bite-size pieces, the seriousness of the studies and the urgency to act stand out.