The Tech Talk

“Real life doesn’t have cheat codes.”

- Author and psychologist Michael Horne

HUNTINGTON, Indiana, January 4, 2018 — 72% of teenagers age 13 to 17 play video games on a computer, game console or portable device. But “real life doesn’t have cheat codes,”says author and psychologist Michael Horne in his new book, The Tech Talk, just released by Our Sunday Visitor.

There are no cheat codes for parents either, nor is there a one-size-fits-all answer to balancing technology use in the family. According to the Pew Research Center, gameplay and social media are the most common digital venues among teens to make friends. But teenagers aren’t the only ones using technology. It’s the entire family. The Tech Talk shows 21st- century parents how to evaluate the effects of technology on their families and gives them things they can do together with their kids to ensure their use of media enhances—and doesn’t detract—from family life.

Drawing from his own experiences, Michael Horne zeros in on the dangers of the digital world, but also highlights how technology can influence children in both negative and positive ways. He tackles head on the two biggest concerns of parents today. “These are the fear that without letting our kids use technology, they’ll be left behind by their cyber-savvy peers, and the temptation parents face to use technology as a babysitter,” says Horne.

Horne shows how every family can open an ongoing conversation and find the right use of technology for them. In The Tech Talk, parents will find a strategic plan to make this talk more comfortable than the other “talk” they dread, and tools to think it through and find the right balance for their families.

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