Resources

Book club/reading group questions and topics

Click the following link for questions that will help guide your book club or reading group: Wired Child-Discussion Questions

Videos

Game Quitters is a group for those wanting to step back from gaming started by Cam Adair who overcame his own addiction to video games. This is his amazing TEDxBoulder talk.

Screenagers is an must-see film that I highly recommend.

An interview with an insightful young man courtesy of Families Managing Media.

This video, “Look Up,” really affected me.

A powerful video for teens and young adults about the costs of the wired life.

A touching US Forest Service Unplug campaign commercial:

Troubling Comic

College-Flunk-Out

Books

Consuming KidsConsuming Kids: Protecting Our Children from the Onslaught of Marketing & Advertising
by Susan Linn

Susan Linn reveals how the marketing industry undermines healthy child development and contributes to myriad problems our children experience.

Hooked on GamesHooked on Games: The Lure and Cost of Video Game and Internet Addiction
by Andrew P Doan and Brooke Strickland

Dr. Doan provides a remarkably compelling story of the power and dangers of video game addiction. He is one of the first to bring this important topic to the forefront so that parents can make better decisions about if and how their children will use gaming and the Internet.

Parenting in the Age of Attention SnatchersParenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers: A Step-by-Step Guide to Balancing Your Child’s Use of Technology
by Lucy Jo Palladino

This book does a wonderful job of mixing the latest brain research with compelling stories to help parents navigate a challenging digital age.

Reset Your Child's BrainReset Your Child’s Brain: A Four-Week Plan to End Meltdowns, Raise Grades, and Boost Social Skills by Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time
by Victoria L. Dunckley MD

One of Dr. Dunckley’s strengths is taking challenging concepts and making them interesting and understandable for readers. She also provides step-by-step actions to reduce kids’ screen time and allow them to fulfill their potential.

Simplicity ParentingSimplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids
by Kim John Payne, with Lisa M. Ross

Kim John Payne offers a blueprint for a strong, yet loving, way to raise happy and healthy children during challenging times. This book is a cornerstone for effective parenting.

The Soul of DisciplineThe Soul of Discipline: The Simplicity Parenting Approach to Warm, Firm, and Calm Guidance
by Kim John Payne

Kim John Payne masterfully illuminates why we need to limit kids’ tech/screen time to foster their connection to family and improve their focus in school. As a child and adolescent psychologist, I strongly recommend this book to families.

Stop Teaching our Kids to KillStop Teaching Our Kids To Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie & Video Game Violence
by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman and Gloria DeGaetano

This book brings up to date on the effects of violent media on children’s brains and behavior and speaks to the addictive nature of gaming. Grossman and DeGaetano offer the practical advice parents need to address the issue of kids’ screen time.

Links

American Academy of Pediatrics
A web page that offers lots of AAP health articles for parents on kids’ tech and screens.

Beyond the Screens: Technology’s Impact on Kids
A growing online community of teachers, researchers, parents, and others concerned about the impact of tech on children and teens. Sign up for the latest updates.

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood
Advocates for restricting corporate marketers’ access to children, and develops research-driven recommendations on children’s use of media and technology.

Center on Media and Child Health
Offers research-based resources for parents and teachers on issues of technology, including recommendations on the appropriate use of technology for kids of different ages.

Families Managing Media
A site originally developed by a mom whose own son experienced the serious consequences of video game addiction. Offers practical ideas to help kids not overuse entertainment technologies.

Game Quitters
A unique and powerful site developed by former game addict Cam Adair who has now devoted his remarkable resources to helping others. Game Quitters is now a large community working together to lessen the effects of game overuse.

Screen-free Parenting
A mother (who happens to be a psychologist) and father provide practical and fun ideas about raising kids with fewer screens. Along the way, you may also learn about the latest research on the effects of kids’ technology.

Take the Challenge
Take the Challenge is a pre-school through high school media education program that reduces unwanted behaviors in our youth such as obesity, aggression and substance abuse while increasing student achievement, reading and getting along with others.

Zone’in
Zone’in is a great resource for the latest research on the effects of technology on children’s brains and behavior.