In her new book, Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age, clinical psychologist Catherine Steiner-Adair ’78 “does an excellent job of detailing the eye-opening threats of technology on children from infancy to young adults, and providing straightforward, practical advice on how to address them,” Jenifer B. McKim writes in the Boston Globe.
Steiner-Adair’s book, which is attracting the attention of many media outlets, has never been more necessary. “[She] provides sound advice and much-needed wisdom during these increasingly confusing times,” McKim says. On average, children ages 8 to 18 are spending more than seven hours a day on electronic devices. Perhaps they’re learning from their parents, who are also “lost in their own smartphones.”
But electronic devices make a poor substitute for real relations. “For that kind of textured, nuanced conversation, reflection and hashing things through, tech can’t deliver. That’s what parents are for,” Steiner-Adair says in her book.