Raising Digital Families for Dummies

The Dummy my friend Amy is talking about in her new book, Raising Digital Families For Dummies,  is me.

I have no idea how to load music to my daughter’s ipod.  I don’t own a smart phone (although I do plan to remedy that this weekend).  My husband’s pre-paid cell phone?  Is lost in a wheat field somewhere.  Yes, since last summer.  I’ve replied to a handful of texts on my own dumbphone, and I’ve started maybe two on my own.

We are a sorry lot, friends.

Raising Digital Families for Dummies

While staying at home with my littles all day every day, I can fairly easily bury my head in the technological sand, but as my oldest nears her 10th birthday, I know I need to get up to speed.  Actually, when my 2 year old ordered a movie off of Amazon a few weeks ago, I was reminded:  Hiding from the digital age is not the answer.

While I’m a little slow in the phone department, I am definitely a social media addict user.  And with my high school teaching hubby sharing horror stories of things that can and do happen when kids misuse social media, well… I suppose we can either lock our children up at home with no technology or embrace it for what it is and prepare them to use it responsibly. 

Raising Digital Families For Dummies can help us do that. 

The youngest generation will never know life without iPhones, iPods, and Facebook, and while their parents have witnessed the evolution of technology, it is still a challenge to keep up with the pace at which things change. This easy-to-understand guide helps you get up to speed on everything you need to know NOW in order to keep up with your children’s online and gadget activity. The book offers invaluable guidance for managing mobile devices, social media, and the Internet before it manages you! Also featured are tips and advice for establishing family rules for technology use and how to best handle situations when rules are broken.

{sigh}  I can’t tell you that you need this resource, but I know I do!

How do you feel about kids and technology?  What about social media?  Are you a rule follower?  (My daughter gives me the eye roll because we won’t let her on Facebook or Instagram until she’s 13.  Whatever, girlfriend, those are the rules.  😉  )  


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  1. Haha…you crack me up! My hubby and I are not what I’d consider technologically savvy either. (Although he more than me.) We don’t own iPads, iPods, iPhones or iFrogs (as my hubby refers to those Leapster things that are designed for kids). We both have “dumbphones”, as you refer to them, and have no desire to turn them in for the Smart ones. Perhaps we like living in a box? Oh well. I guess we’ve seen what technology does and we’d like to lock our kids up too! Obviously, we can’t. So I guess, as they get older (only 2 right now…and neither one has placed on order online….though has accidentally gotten online on our phones and because of that, we’ve had a charge—“easyedge”….guess it’s easy enough for toddlers!), we’ll have to embrace the technology too, just as our parents embraced our green screens and plug-in-bag cell phones of way-back-when. ;~)

  2. Sounds like a very good book, and much needed, for this generation. I just took a grad class on ministry in the digital age. We are definitely seeing major changes in how people communicate, use language, and relate b/c of technology. Neurological paths in the brain are even changing with digital technology. That spells some real challenges for families, churches and all social systems. You mentioned your husband’s stories … I’ll bet he could write a book! Your friends contribution to the field of family life in the digital age is much needed. Thanks for posting.

  3. Seriously?! You’re getting a smart phone?!!!! I’m very happy for you. I have found mine to be so helpful. But I’m also glad you and I were in the cell phone rebel camp together for so long. 😉

    • Such rebels! I still don’t know what I’m getting, though, but I NEED to do it Saturday. What do you have? We both really do need phones as the kids get older and more active and we go more places, sometimes separately… but I’m sure you don’t know anything about that. 😉

  4. Oh my goodness. I need this book. My son, who just turned 10, has an iPod Touch and can instant message his friends with it, or thinks he’s instant messaging with friends. I just double checked with one friend’s parent and it’s not his child my son is sending messages to, which is quadruple scary.
    After learning this, I emailed my son’s principal to see if they could plan any digital safety/education nights for next school year. I’m not a techie and I don’t know what to tell him other than not to share personal information online but I know that isn’t enough.
    I’m thinking I better pick up this book right away.

    • Oh, gosh! Yes, that IS scary. I do have all of my daughter’s texts sent to my email, so that makes me feel a little better.

  5. I know it is sad when my just turned 12 year old is probably one of just a handful that does not have a cell phone – and in school they had all 6th graders raise their hands that didn’t have Facebook and there were fewer than a handful – the state police officer said none of you are 13 so did you all lie to get a Facebook page – it was a very informative evening from the state trooper – just scares the bejebez out of me –

    • Oh, SO glad the police officer did that! It’s frustrating to me that parents let these kids hop on Facebook against the rules…

  6. Shannon says:

    I need this book. I am definitely a dummy in this area. I just stay away from Facebook, Instagram, etc… My daughters are getting ready to turn the age where they ask to be apart of these social medias. Unfortunately, I do not have the tools or knowledge. This is a new way of parenting for us!

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