How kids can live, learn and love in a digital world.
In The New Childhood, world-renowned global policy and education pioneer Jordan Shapiro provides a hopeful counterpoint to the fearful hand-wringing that has come to define our narrative around children and technology. Drawing on groundbreaking research in economics, psychology, philosophy and education, The New Childhood underscores how technology is guiding humanity toward a bright future in which children will be able to create new, better models of global citizenship, connection and community.
Dividing the book into four sections - Self, Home, School and Society - Shapiro offers concrete, practical advice on how to parent and educate children effectively in a connected world and provides tools and techniques for using technology to engage with kids and help them learn and grow. He also draws on his own experience as a father of two sons, which helps bring the narrative to life.
He compares the current moment to other great technological revolutions in humanity's past and presents entertaining micro-histories of cultural minutiae: the sandbox, finger painting, the family dinner and more. Most importantly, The New Childhood paints a timely, inspiring and positive picture of today's children, recognising that they are poised to create a progressive, diverse, meaningful and hyperconnected world that today's adults can only imagine.
"Timely, essential, and thought-provoking, The New Childhood is the must-read parenting guide for raising 21st century, digitally driven kids. Instead of raising a white flag and giving in to social media and the Internet, Jordan Shapiro tells parents how to embrace technology, stay involved in their children's lives, and prepare them for their future. Read it! I promise you'll rethink your parenting. I couldn't put it down." (Michele Borba, EdD, author of UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World)