Advance Praise

“Weinstein and James have nailed it! This book is a superb blend of research and real-life vignettes from teens. It’s the perfect vehicle to ensure productive conversations — share tactics rather than scare tactics.”

— Delaney Ruston, MD, filmmaker, "Screenagers" and "Screenagers Next Chapter", and author of Parenting in the Screen Age

 

“Too often we ignore the point of view of teenagers—but not in this book. James and Weinstein have taken youth voices seriously, cutting through myths and offering deep insights for parents, teachers, and scholars.”

— John Palfrey, President, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

 

“It's such a relief to see a book about screen time that centers young people’s voices and treats them with respect.”

— Anya Kamenetz, author of The Art of Screen Time and reporter for NPR

 

“Readable, educational, well-balanced, and fun to read!  This book walks readers through a complex topic with ease to help every parent, teen, or educator learn about the psychological effects of the world today’s teens are immersed within.” 

— Mitch Prinstein, John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at UNC Chapel Hill, and author of Popular: Finding Happiness and Success in a World That Cares Too Much About the Wrong Kinds of Relationships

 

“In their refreshingly constructive book, Weinstein and James integrate digital, developmental, and ecological insights to advocate evidence-based strategies to enhance young people’s digital agency.” 

— Sonia Livingstone, Media@LSE, author of Parenting for a Digital Future

 

“Many books on teens and screens promote a sense of moral panic. In contrast, Drs. Weinstein and James provide thoughtful and digestible discussion on how adolescents navigate their digital lives, and include youth voices themselves.” 

— Megan A. Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH, Principal Investigator and Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and coeditor of Technology and Adolescent Mental Health

 

“A fantastic read! The authors’ analysis, at once rigorous and conversational, spoke trenchantly to my overlapping roles of parent, researcher, and media producer. Credit goes to the incredibly thoughtful young people whose stories animate every page.” 

— Lissa Soep, coauthor of Code for What? Computer Science for Storytelling and Social Justice 

 

“The authors offer advice for parents, emphasizing the need to avoid simplistic solutions, to understand the complexity of the social media environment, and to listen with empathy. For anyone who wants to know where the social media road is leading, this is an important book.” 

— Kirkus Reviews