Tech-Savvy Parenting

  • A guide to raising safe children in a digital world
  • Author: Nikki Bush , Arthur Goldstuck
  • ISBN: 9781920434908
  • Publication date: 1 August 2014
  • Recommended retail price: R260.00
  • 256 pages, soft cover, 234 x 153 mm

Nikki Bush, a parenting expert, and Arthur Goldstuck, a technical commentator, will help parents get a handle on what’s happening in consumer technology. In this sensitive and insightful guide, they carve a path through the maze of terminology, dangers and opportunities to help parents navigate new spaces together with their children, with greater confidence.

In explaining the technology, they never ignore the human context: to place children’s use of technology in the context of the relationship between parents and their children.

The guide will ensure children are both safe and savvy in this fast-changing world, and the process starts with parents. For families to remain connected, both online and offline, and for young people to develop into responsible digital citizens, parents need to bridge the digital divide for their children.

Praise for Tech-Savvy Parenting:

“Arthur and Nikki have written the book that everyone wants, whether they know it or not. It’s an absorbing, accessible and inspiring book for everyone, from a stay-at-home parent to a big-cheese businessman, and from a wannabe six-yearold to a tech-savvy know-it-all 14-year-old.” – Jenny Crwys-Williams, Radio 702

“As respected authorities in their respective fields of parenting and technology I am thrilled that Nikki and Arthur have collaborated in offering their profound knowledge, experience and expertise. The need for assistance in navigating the minefield of our high-tech world with our children is paramount. The timing couldn’t be better. Tech-Savvy Parenting is an essential read that combines parenting and technology in a most unique and accessible way that will inform, guide and help you gain a balanced perspective. Nikki and Arthur tap into the essence of being a connected family member, both online and offline.” – Dorianne Cara Weil (Dr D), Clinical Psychologist

“If you’re a parent or someone involved in the lives of today’s digitally nurtured young people, you must read this book. It is a superb insight into the digital world that is shaping our children – and us – and provides both helpful insights and practical tips for how we can raise well-balanced children in the midst of all this technology. The book manages to tread a perfect line between the need to help our children understand and thrive in this digital world, and yet also protect them from the excesses and dangers that lurk therein. Children who are raised on the principles shared in this book are going to be superstars in the new world of work that is emerging all around us. I cannot recommend it highly enough.” – Dr Graeme Codrington, futurist, presenter and co-founder of Tomorrow-Today Tech

“As our children become increasingly technically proficient and preoccupied, it is vital for adults, parents and teachers to be aware of the world they frequent! Tech-Savvy Parenting is a comprehensive, practical and insightful guide to understanding the possibilities and perils of this world, how to make it safe for our children, and how to embrace the opportunities it presents.” – Keith Wilke, College Head, HeronBridge College, Johannesburg

“The authors celebrate and honour the essential nature of child development, how children learn and the digital media’s place in it all. We know that screens should be used by children in moderation, but what does that mean? This book explains the concept of moderation so well. I cannot recommend it highly enough to every parent, educator and therapist.” – Cara Lee Weir-Smith, Occupational Therapist and founder of Impact Learning

“Invaluable information that all parents need to be aware of.” – Izabella Gates, author of the Life Talk series, MD of Life Talk Forum

“As parents we have a choice. We can either embark on this digital journey with our children or risk losing them to a world we do not understand. The earlier we begin, the better. Teach them the boundaries when they are toddlers, and hopefully by the time they are curious, rebellious teens, they will be able navigators, alert to the risks and alive to the opportunities that the online space offers. Tech-Savvy Parenting is a compass every parent needs to navigate those digital waters safely.” – Sally Burdett, eTV’s parenting show, Great Expectations

“This book is a reminder of why it is so important not to allow the overuse of screens to hijack the first 1 000 days of a child’s life, while at the same time setting the scene for healthy assimilation of screens as a child develops so that they are prepared for an increasingly digital future.” – Lynda Smith, CEO of BrainBoosters

 “It is refreshing to read a book by a parenting author that supports parents by encouraging them to take advantage of the benefits of modern technology. Nikki gives sensible advice on avoiding the dangers that exist when used irresponsibly. She believes, like me, that trust is good but control is better!” – Dr Dereck Jackson, Educational Psychologist and author of Parenting with Panache

“Tech-Savvy Parenting empowers moms and dads in their role as gatekeeper and facilitator of all forms of media in their child’s world. No parent should be without it!” – Sonya Naude, Editor, Living and Loving

“In our world of such re-aligned and re-negotiated relationships – often mediated by technology –  there has never been more potential or more threat for children to learn and connect, or to find themselves hurt and excluded. Unless parents empower themselves, they could find themselves helpless bystanders. That’s what this book provides: clear, sensible and informed empowerment.” – Marc Falconer, outgoing Headmaster of King David High School, Linksfield and author of Notes From A Headmaster’s Desk: The Challenges of Education, Parenting and Teenagers

“Having just returned from presenting workshops to young adults in Manhattan, I feel that this book should be compulsory reading for every parent – even more so for parents of children from privileged backgrounds.” – Leonard Carr, Clinical Psychologist specialising in the psychology of appreciation

“Technology could be the miracle cure needed to transform education; conversely, it could lead to the disintegration of human relationships. In Tech-Savvy Parenting, Nikki Bush and Arthur Goldstuck traverse the chasm of opinion that is so divided about the power of technology, and offer parents insights into how best to utilise technology for enhancing education and helping children to learn to get along.” – Alistair Stewart, Boys Preparatory Head, St Stithians College, Johannesburg

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