Plugged-In Parenting, by Bob Waliszewski
Maybe you’ve heard of Pluggged-In Online, Focus on the Family’s reviews of movies and such. This is a great place to find out if new movies, games, shows, or music is appropriate for your family. This is especially helpful, since ratings now don’t really mean much. I remember when a PG-13 movie was totally clean, with no foul language and a single kiss on the mouth. Now, I’m not sure I’d feel right watching a PG-13 movie. But, I digress.
Tyndale gave me the opportunity to review Plugged-In Parenting, a book all about the importance of keeping your kids away from questionable media. It’s no secret that movies and music can influence our behavior..that’s how commercials work! So it’s important to protect our children, and to teach them how, and why, they should protect themselves.
I really enjoyed this book. It is packed full of information and statistics that is encouraging me to step up and be more firm with the kids’ tv time (it’s just too easy to put on a show for them when we want some quiet time, isn’t it?)
At one point, the author talks about how researchers say children shouldn’t be exposed to TV at ALL before they’re 2. Oops. He also explains how we put a child in front of a screen where things are constantly changing colours and moving, then expect them to be able to sit still and entertain themselves quietly. Meanwhile, their brains are wondering where’s the action? He also discusses how many children who are over-exposed to “screen time” are labeled with ADD or ADHD..when really, they’re just so used to TV and computer that they get bored too quickly with quieter activities. I can see this in my son already, though not as much as I did before.
Anyways, I would really recommend this book, even if you don’t feel that TV is an issue in your home. You can order your own copy of Plugged-In Parenting, by Bob Waliszewski here.
I received this book free from the publisher to review. I was not obligated to provide a positive review, and I was not compensated for this post.