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Behind Their Screens by Emily Weinstein and Carrie James
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Aug 16, 2022 | ISBN 9780262047357

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“Authors Emily Weinstein and Carrie James (both affiliated with the Harvard Graduate School of Education) set out a playbook for empowering kids to use digital tech well, rather than taking away their power so that they can’t get into trouble. Weinstein and James conducted extensive research with teens, parents and teachers, and the tactics they suggest are all drawn from real-world successes…Great stuff.”
Cory Doctorow

“The authors’ research is impressive…Parents and educators losing sleep over what’s happening online would do well to give this a look.”
Publishers Weekly

“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

“Because they took so many teen voices into consideration and listened to what real teens had to say about these issues, the authors are able to understand and convey the complexities of teens’ digital lives with respect and nuance. The authors actually give teens the credit they deserve instead of assuming teens are blind or naive about screen use and social media…[the book] adds a new and important voice to the conversation around teenagers and the ways we interact with our screens. It’s a helpful guide for any parent constantly arguing with their teens about screens, people who feel that social media is “running the new generation” and anyone who wants to know more about how the modern digital age is affecting young people.”
— the San Francisco Chronicle

“The book makes a compelling case for partnering with young people in order to understand young people. Their research brings to light some phenomena that demonstrate how highly attuned teens are—how precisely attuned—to one another’s responses and their own behavior.”
—Fast Company

Table Of Contents

Introduction: What Are We Missing? Why Does it Matter? 1
1 Digital Worries in Context 15
2 The Pull of the Screen 31
3 Friendship Dilemmas 53
4 Small Slights, Big Fights 73
5 Nude (and Why Teens Sext when they Know the Risks) 93
6 The Political is (Inter)personal–and Vice Versa 115
7 Digital Footprints that (May) Last a Lifetime 137
Conclusion: The Digital Agency Argument 161
Acknowledgments 175
Appendix: The Research Behind Behind Their Screens 179
Notes 193
Index 221

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