Here you will find books to help you to initiate some great conversations with your kids and teens about technology. We’ve found that books can help us to breach a variety difficult topics as parents!
Some of the books we’ll share will cover sticky topics; others are just great reads to help your children think of technology as a tool and help them to determine what role they want technology to play in their own lives.
We are huge fans of our local library. With a large family in a small home, we are careful about which books we purchase because we are tight on space.
However, I will tell you that the two things that occupy the most space in our home are: books and kitchenware. Books are always a great investment! We only share books we’ve read and used in our own home.
Discussing Pornography with Your Kids
Good Pictures, Bad Pictures Jr. by Kristen Jensen
A through and appropriate introduction to pornography for kid ages 3-6. We’ve actually read this with all ages when we first introduced the topic of pornography.
After reading the Jr. version, we passed around, Good Pictures, Bad Pictures, for our kids to read on their own.
Some of them read it, and some of them didn’t! Sounds familiar?
We then came together in our Family Tech Think Tank and talked about the ideas in the book together. Tyler went through the basic points in the book rather than reading it all aloud.
Another idea would be to break the book up into different sections and discussion them in multiple think tank sessions. There are so many ways to use this book.
We love their 5-point CAN DO Plan™ to help kids know what to do when they see pornography. We worked with the kids in our think tank to come up with our own acronym just so it was more personal!
Favorite Books for Discussing the Power of Technology
Who: Pre-Teens and Teens
This one is for older kids. (Ones that you might already be talking to about subjects such as drugs, sex, marriage. etc.) Steve Jobs grew up in the 60′ and 70’s, so those topics come up. If you aren’t ready to have those discussions, then I’d wait to share this one when your kids are older. When the time is right and the information isn’t persuasive, just factual, as it is in this book, I find it gives me the opportunity to share my own thoughts about our family’s values.
Graphic novels work well for reluctant teen readers. I brought this home from the library and all of our older kids picked it up and read it in one sitting. It’s an engaging and fast read.
You could share parts of the book with younger children and read along with them. Read it ahead of time and skip the parts you want to.
Our Favorite Page:
p. 213 – What’s on your iPad?
What does your family like to do with technology? Our very first family discussion was all about making a “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” list of things we like about technology and things we need to watch out for. This graphic would be a great way to introduce the topic!
More to come soon!
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