Book review: ‘Parenting in Digital Age’

 Book review: 'Parenting in Digital Age'

TITLE: Parenting in Digital Age

AUTHOR: Dr Avinash De Sousa

NUMBER OF PAGES: 32

COST: Rs. 30/-

Internet has changed the way we see everything today. Gone are the days when internet was just a medium to educate oneself, today we look up in the internet for everything from fashion to directions. Given the compulsive or obsessive effects that the internet has, on us parenting the young minds to give colourful yet accurate direction to thought can be difficult. This book is an attempt to put forth the effects, ways and behavioural signs to understand if your child is addicted to the internet and if yes, how you can avoid it!

But all said and done, the internet isn’t all bad. Dr Desousa rightly says, “While the internet may have its benefits, there are significant potential risks to children which has led to the emergence of new age problems like internet addiction, exposure to online relationships, cyber-bullying, online gaming and pornography.”

WHAT MY MEDICAL MANTRA LOVED ABOUT THE BOOK?

What we absolutely love about the book is its suggestion to promote ‘digital-free’ hours at home. The book further focuses on the kind of rapport that parents must share with their children that could help in curbing of these addictions. It suggests an open communication with the children to gain trust in the relationship of the parents and children.

The parents must also restrict themselves while using internet in order to set an example for their children. “Parents have to lead by example and sometimes switch off their phone as well as their internet thereby promoting a digital free environment at home for children,” it reads.

The book has an amazing yet simple language. It does act as a value guide with multiple symptoms, warning signs as well as tips to each problem, what we like the most is the ‘personal note’ at the end of each section that kind of sums up the whole matter.

Moreover, the book was released at the time when we need it the most. The book, also gives case-studies for most sections.

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE ABOUT THE BOOK?

Though the book does talk in detail about each problem, it doesn’t give a complete view on the section of ‘pornography’ like tips for parents/ partners.

The book does explain most parts of the topics, it seems like a hush-hush wrap up on on ‘pornography. The book does say, “There is a need to understand what pornography does to the brain from a preventive mental health perspective to educate the youth to avoid rewiring of the brain at an age when susceptibility to addictions is anyway high and novelty seeking is a common trait,” but it doesn’t explain the idea of what it does to the brain.

STARS TO THE BOOK: 3/5