The Tech Solution: Creating Healthy Habits for Kids Growing Up in a Digital World (Paperback)
A Harvard-trained psychiatrist and mom of three gives parents and educators the tech habits children need to achieve their full potential--and a six-step plan to put them into action.
You may have picked up on some warning signs: The more your nine-year-old son plays video games, the more distracted and irritable he becomes. Or maybe comparing her life to others on social media is leaving your teenaged daughter feeling down. Then there are the questions that are always looming: Should I limit screen time? Should I give my eleven-year-old an iPhone?
The Tech Solution is a to-the-point resource for parents and educators who want the best approach for raising kids in our digital world. It outlines all you need to know about the short-term and potential long-term consequences of tech use. It also offers practical advice for tackling specific concerns in the classroom or at home, whether it's possible tech addiction, anxiety, cyberbullying, or loneliness. With her six-step plan for rebalancing your family's tech diet, Dr. Kang will help your child build healthy habits and make smart choices to maximize the benefits of tech and minimize its risks.
About the Author
DR. SHIMI K. KANG is an award-winning, Harvard-trained psychiatrist, researcher, media expert, bestselling author, and speaker. She is the former Medical Director for Child and Youth Mental Health for Vancouver community, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, and the founder of the Provincial Youth Concurrent Disorders Program at BC Children's Hospital. Over her years of work across North America, Europe, and Asia, Dr. Kang has helped thousands of children, teens, and adults move towards lives of greater passion, purpose, and joy. She has received six international awards including the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Research Award. Dr. Kang is most proud of receiving the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her years of outstanding community service and of being the mother of three awesome but exhausting children.
“New research now shows that screen time is correlated with changes in the brain and that children and young teens are particularly vulnerable. Near epidemic levels of teenage and young adult suicides, lack of motivation, and social isolation are alarming. The Tech Solution pulls no punches, but fortunately offers all of us hope and practical, straightforward guidelines for how to protect our most important resource: the next generations’ brains.”
—Daniel Levitin, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author of Successful Aging
“If you are a parent wondering about how to approach the use of technology with your children, this thoughtful guide provides science-backed discussions of how the brain responds to the complex ways digital devices compel us to use them. With this knowledge, Dr. Kang provides practical suggestions to steer the use of these devices in helpful ways that can improve your child's development and well-being—and your important relationship with each other as a family.”
—Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., New York Times bestselling co-author of The Whole-Brain Child, Clinical Professor, UCLA School of Medicine, and Executive Director, Mindsight Institute
“As we learn more about the powerful impact of new technologies on the health and well-being of kids, it has never been more important for parents to teach responsible ways to use these tools. Dr. Kang offers a practical blueprint for achieving this urgent goal.”
—Cal Newport, New York Times bestselling author of Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
“Without idolizing or demonizing technology, Dr. Shimi Kang offers parents and teachers a science-based guide to its appropriate and positive place in our children’s lives that’s filled with practical advice and heart-sourced wisdom.”
—Gabor Maté, M.D., author of #1 national bestseller In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction
“This is just the book that parents need as they try to make sound decisions about their children’s exposure to technology. Dr. Kang draws on the latest findings in neuroscience to advance our understanding of the impact of technology on the developing brain, and how we can maximize the benefits and avoid the dangers of social media, the internet, and gaming.”
—Dr. Stuart Shanker, author of Self-Reg: How to Help Your Child (and You) Break the Stress Cycle and Successfully Engage with Life and founder of the MEHRIT Centre
“[Kang] offers practical strategies that parents and caregivers of children can adopt to augment the benefits of good tech.”
—The Globe and Mail