How to Protect Your Kids from the Harmful Effects of Device Dependency
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We aren't controlling our devices anymore--they're controlling us.
And they're controlling our kids.
There's no denying the clear connection between overuse of devices--smartphones, computers, and video games--and the growing mental health crisis, especially in our children. Too much screen time has a real, measurable effect on kids' brains, self-esteem, emotional development, and social skills.
In Disconnected, psychotherapist and parenting expert Thomas Kersting offers a comprehensive look at how devices have altered the way our children grow up, behave, learn, and connect with their families and friends. Based on the latest studies on the connection between screen time and neuroplasticity, as well as the growing research on acquired ADHD and anxiety, Disconnected presents a better way to move forward. Kersting shares indispensable advice for parents on setting boundaries and engaging in concentration and mindfulness exercises.
If you want to reclaim your family and reconnect with your kids, this hard-hitting yet hopeful book is the place to start.
"Tom Kersting is the go-to guy not only for explaining how technology is harmful to many of today's youth but also for providing a blueprint to help them escape the clutches of a social media culture that can rob them of what's truly important."--Joel Comm, New York Times bestselling author
"Information is power, and this book is packed with alarming insight and practical advice for families who want a healthier balance and relationship with technology."--Rachel Campos-Duffy, FOX News contributor and host of Moms on FOXNation
Thomas Kersting is a nationally renowned psychotherapist, a speaker, an author, and a television personality. Cohost of the former A&E series Surviving Marriage and Monster In-Laws, he is a regular expert guest on FOX News and frequently appears on talk shows and news shows, offering insight and advice on parenting, relationships, and wellness. He has also hosted shows for the National Geographic Channel, the Food Network, and Oprah's Wellness Network. He lives in New Jersey.
"While social media and technology have the potential to connect people in new ways, they also have the potential to deprive us of meaningful relationships and real connection. Tom Kersting is the go-to guy not only for explaining how technology is harmful to many of today's youth but also for providing a blueprint to help them escape the clutches of a social media culture that can rob them of what's truly important. I highly recommend this book to every parent, teacher, and leader."
Joel Comm, New York Times bestselling author
"Thomas Kersting sheds a powerful light on the negative impact digital overuse can have on children. Information is power, and this book is packed with alarming insight and practical advice for families who want a healthier balance and relationship with technology."
Rachel Campos-Duffy, FOX News contributor and host of Moms on FOXNation
"Nothing has changed the day-to-day life of modern American children more than smartphones and tablets. In Disconnected, Tom Kersting provides parents with an urgent wake-up call to the effects too much screen time can have on our children's social, emotional, and intellectual development. Tom's clinical research and experience, combined with his compassionate and practical solutions for families, makes Disconnected an insightful and necessary resource for moms and dads searching for answers. I have four boys under the age of fourteen, and if you're like me, trying to help each of your children have the proper balance between digital and real world experiences, Disconnected may be the most important book on parenting you'll read this year."
David Savage, cofounder of Content Watch Holdings, makers of Net Nanny® Parental Control Software
"Disconnected is more than a fact-checked indictment of the technology industry; it's a recovery manual for those most affected by the dark side of technology and a necessary guidebook of strategies for every parent, educator, and professional."
John Jolliffe, marriage and family therapist, coexecutive producer of Mack & Moxy, and former nationally syndicated radio personality
"Disconnected is a must-read for every parent. It is like taking a cold shower, waking you up to the reality of the digital epidemic threatening our children. Thomas Kersting sounds the alarm, warning how overindulgence of screen time plagues the emotional and psychological development of our children and society as a whole."
Tim Smith, founder/principal of The Smith Group
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