Lyndsay Green is a sociologist who has spent her career helping people use communications technologies for learning, working with groups as diverse as the World Bank, the National Film Board, and the Inuit of Canada. She is Chair of the Board of Arts for Children and Youth, and Chair of the Advisory Board of the University of Toronto Art Centre.
Teens Gone Wired
The digital revolution has left many parents feeling intimidated by the world their teens inhabit and they worry that they lack the experience to parent effectively. Teens Gone Wired: Are You Ready? examines today’s parenting challenges from the totality of the teen experience. The book combines advice from dozens of parents and teens with a wealth of recommended sources, including links to many online support systems. All of the key debates that parents are having with their wired teens are discussed, including:
- Fun vs. Obsession
- Sharing vs. Indiscretion
- Forging an Identity vs. Performing for an Audience
- Real Friends vs. Virtual Friends
- Sexual Well-Being vs. Sexual Health
- Privacy vs. Anonymity
- Education vs. Entertainment
- Your Teen’s Issues vs. Your Own Issues
By recounting stories from families who’ve been there and providing practical tips, the book shores up parents’ confidence and gives parents the tools they need to raise today’s teens. Green emphasizes the critical role for parents in mediating their teens’ experiences with both the digital and the real world. While the book is unflinching in acknowledging the trials that parents face today, it supports the author’s optimism that parents are not only capable of doing a good job, they can have fun along the way.
Amust-read for parents of today’s teenagers.Green deftly demystifies the social impact of the wired world.
As a doctor, I recommendGreen’s book as essential reading for parents who seek to connect with their teen.
Green is indisputably an expert in an emerging, ever-changing field.