Book Blurb – Parenting In The Age Of Facebook by Marzia Hassan
Parenting in the Age of Facebook acknowledges the all-pervasive influence of the World Wide Web on the lives of children, and the quandaries parents find themselves in as a result. How much ‘net-time’ is enough? Are children safe on social media pages? What are the online dangers kids could encounter and how do parents counter these threats? By encouraging practical, proactive strategies—those that model the mindful use of technology, help nurture connections, and support children through healthy Internet-browsing techniques—this book encourages positive parenting in the age of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Book Review – Parenting In The Age Of Facebook by Marzia Hassan
How much and What! These have been the perpetual questions that the parents of the 90s kids asked themselves (and sometimes even us) with the advent of hundreds of channels on cable TV. The debate or rather the dilemma only got wider with internet becoming an integral part of our lives. And if there is one book by an Indian author, that will address all your doubts and put to rest any arguments regarding the impact of exposure media it is ‘Parenting in the Age of Facebook’ by Marzia Hassan.
The book is very thoughtfully divided into three parts –
Facing Reality – this part talks about the hard facts of the how integrally social media and other forms of media have become a significant part of our lives.
Assessing the Impact of Technology – It takes you on a fearfully detailed round up of the impact technology and social media are having on young kids and teenagers.
Steps to Thriving as a Family in the Digital Age – This section is a practical guide to steps that one can take as a parent and a family member to ensure that technology remains a significant part of our lives, but does not eat into the very value system of our existence and ruin everything.
What makes this book an intriguing read is the thorough research that the author Marzia Hassan has done to put together real life stories of how exposure to technology and social media presence are impact the psychic of kids as young as 7-8 years as well as teenagers. The impact has been analyzed in detail on fronts such as communication, relationships, self confidence, inner fears and most of all on self image (including weird insecurities and weider aspirations)
The part that discusses about how to be vigilant parents and raise protected and responsible kids is a step by step guide of do(s) and don’t(s). This portion very realistically also warns you against fronts where you as a parent are likely to slip and how to detect early signs of any influenced behavior.
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