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Is social media ruining our kids? How much Internet activity is too much? What do FOMO (fear of missing out), sexting, and selfies mean for teens? Are you curious about what research says about how media and technology are impacting childhood?

Supported by academic research focused on technology, Media Moms and Digital Dads breaks down complex issues in a friendly, accessible fashion, making it a highly useful and ultimately reassuring listen for anyone worried about the impact that media might be having on young minds. Dr. Uhls ends each chapter with a summary of the science, the bottom line for quick takeaway, and tips and guidance for parents. Each chapter delves into a different issue, so parents can easily turn to their own particular needs and skip what doesn't concern them.

Dr. Uhls' expertise as a former Hollywood executive and a current expert on child development and media gives her a unique and important perspective. As a trained scientist, she understands the fascinating studies conducted by researchers, and as a mom of digital teens she knows what actually works and can relate to the reality of being a parent in the 21st century. Dr. Uhls also describes the research she conducted at UCLA (extensively reported on in news outlets such as The New York Times, NPR, and Time Magazine), including her studies about fame and social media and about whether the extensive time we stare at screens impacts nonverbal emotional understanding.

Chapters include:

  • Foreword by the CEO of the national nonprofit Common Sense Media
  • Overview of Parenting in the Digital Age
  • Screen Time for Babies and Toddlers
  • The Mobile Era
  • The Digital Brain
  • Social Media and Social Lives
  • Fame, FOMO, and Selfies
  • Learning in the Digital Age
  • Education in the Digital Age
  • Video Games