Generation Text: Raising Well-Adjusted Kids in an Age of Instant Everything

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For today’s kids, technology such as computers, the Internet, cell phones, and satellites is an assumed presence. Between texting, e-mail, gaming, instant-messaging, and online commerce, their world is one of constant electronic interaction through which they have almost instant access to everything from information to merchandise to other people. In this culture of instant gratification and potential excess, parenting has become a bigger challenge than ever. Generation Text examines the ways in which children's identities are shaped by the world around them...and how, with an absence of meaningful barriers between impulse and the ability to act on them, parents can help children learn to make intelligent choices and manage the potential overload successfully. Dr. Michael Osit, has worked with children and teens for more than thirty years, and has helped families challenged by the new order of access and excess—and the temptations and dangers that go with it. His advice will help you help your children develop key social skills, a healthy identity, and a sense of purpose and accountability. Generation Text provides the sage advice and proven parenting strategies for raising confident, happy, and safe kids who will be fully equipped for their future.

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A teenage boy goes shopping on the Internet, sees something he likes, immediately reaches his mother via cell phone, and in a few short keystrokes, types in her credit card number and gets a shiny new lacrosse stick. Thanks to technological advances including computers, the Internet, cell phones, and satellites, today’s children are faced with a world markedly more complex—and often distracting—than that of any other preceding gener­a­tion. Generation Text examines why and how this phenomenon shapes children’s values, attitudes, and behavior in a way that is fundamentally different from previous generations...and provides strategies for coping with the particular challenges of growing up in the new millennium.

Parents who want to ensure that their children successfully develop key social skills, a healthy identity, and a strong work ethic need to make the right choices every step of the way. Clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Osit draws on his professional—as well as personal—experiences working with children and teens who have been challenged by unprece­dent­ed access to information, possessions, and temptation. Using case studies and examples, the book provides reasonable, down-to-earth strategies readers can use to address the unique issues faced by children surrounded by infinite choices...and very few limits.

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For today’s kids, technology such as computers, the Internet, cell phones, and satellites is an assumed presence, a fundamental part of everyday life on par with running water and electric lights. Thanks to these advances, a teenager can go shopping on the Web, see something he likes, immediately reach his mother via cell phone, and in a few short keystrokes, type in her credit card number and get a shiny new lacrosse stick. Between texting, e-mail, gaming, instant-messaging, and online commerce, their world is one of constant electronic interaction through which they have almost instant access to everything from information to merchandise to other people. In this culture of instant gratification and overwhelming excess, parenting has become a bigger challenge than ever.

Generation Text examines the ways in which children’s identities are shaped by the world around them...and how, with an absence of meaningful barriers between impulse and the ability to act on them, parents can help children learn to make intelligent choices and manage the potential overload successfully.

Dr. Michael Osit has worked with children and teens for more than thirty years, and has helped families who have been challenged by the new order of access and excess—and the temptations and other dangers that go with it. Featuring real-life examples, Generation Text provides reasonable, down-to-earth strategies for addressing the unique issues faced by children who are surrounded by infinite choices—and very few limits. The book explores:

· The fundamental changes in values, attitudes, and behavior brought on by our 24/7 “instant everything” culture.

· How social networking helps, in both the positive and negative sense, your child form his or her identity. (Yes, it can be a good thing.)

· The impact of immediate gratification. How to teach your children that they do sometimes have to wait—or hear the word “no.”

· The balance between work ethic and sense of entitlement. Help your child become more dependable and conscientious.

· The state of your child’s social skills. Although they’ve grown up in cyberspace, you can (and must) teach them how to thrive in real situations. Believe it or not, technology can help.

· The issue of privacy. With children constantly sharing personal information with friends and strangers alike, how much is too much?

· Setting limits. How to establish a climate of expectations, open communication and honesty, while allowing healthy exploration, independence, and a sensible amount of privacy.

In order to help your children successfully develop key social skills, a healthy identity, and a sense of purpose and accountability, you need to help them make the right choices every step of the way. Generation Text provides the sage perspective and proven parenting strategies for raising confident, happy, and safe kids who will be fully equipped for their future.

Michael Osit is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked with children and adolescents for more than three decades. He frequently presents seminars and workshops for mental health professionals, parents, and educators on issues such as parenting, child development, and communication. He and his wife have three children. Dr. Osit is based in Warren, New Jersey.

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