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Ultimate Technology Book and Podcast List for Parents
It’s no secret I love reading and listening to technology podcasts. I daily read articles, books, and subscribe to podcasts on anything technology related. Many of you have asked me for suggestions on books when it comes to parenting and technology, or podcasts when it comes to staying up-to-date on tech trends.
So, here is my Ultimate Technology Book and Podcast List for Parents.
You don’t need to read or listen to every book and podcast on this list to have a good understanding of parenting kids in a world innundated with technology. But, my hope is you’ll find a technology book and podcast below to add to your 2018 reading and listening list.
Instead of keeping this list integrated as one Technology Book and Podcast List for Parents, I’ve broken it into 2 lists–a book list and a podcast list. This is to help those who are natural readers or podcast listeners.
For instance, I would easily add every single one of these podcasts to my podcast list because on any given day I may listen to 4-6 podcast episodes. But I read at a much slower rate. I have friends who are the exact opposite.
Looking for more podcast suggestions? See all my articles on podcasts.
Ultimate Technology Book and Podcast List for Parents
Ultimate Technology Book List for Parents
Digital Youth looks at the role media plays in the lives of teenagers. It dives into both the risks and benefits of technology. This is not a quick read. In fact, it’s more of a textbook. But, it’s full of great data and insight. And I found the information helpful both as a parent and as one who writes and speaks on technology.
In Alone Together, MIT technology and society professor Sherry Turkle looks at how technology has the power to dramatically alter our social lives. This book is powerful. You can get an overview of the book by watching Sherry’s TEDTalk Connected, but Alone.
The Big Disconnect takes an in-depth look at how technology is profoundly changing childhood and family dynamics. Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD., offers real, practical solutions so parents can successfully guide their children through the digital world. She’ll have you gut checking your own media habits, which is incredibly important. So many times we’re talking about the kids, but no one is really talking about the fact that many parents themselves struggle to properly balance media in their lives.
Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us
by Jean M. Twenge
iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGeners, born in the mid-1990s to the mid-2000s and later, spend less time with their friends in person. This probably explains why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness. As iGen grows into adulthood, it’s important to understand them. iGen is a must-read for all parents, teachers, employers, and anyone working with iGeners.
In The Tech-Wise Family, Andy Crouch draws on in-depth original research from the Barna Group to help readers reach beyond the typical questions of the what, where, and when of technology. Instead, he challenges families to answer provocative questions like:
Who do we want to be as a family?
How does our use of a particular technology move us closer or farther away from that goal?
The Tech-Wise Family is built on the principle that families are developing wisdom, character, and courage in the way we use digital media. This book has applications for the entire family!
Media Moms and Digital Dads is a practical approach to parenting in the digital age. With sections clearly dividing different issues, such as Social Media and Social Lives or Fame, FOMO and Selfies, you can easily find guidance for the questions you need now. Each chapter includes a summary, provides some quick takeaways, and lists tips. This is an easy-to-read book with great practical suggestions parents can put into place today!
How to Find Balance and Benefit in Your Child’s Use of Social Media, Apps, and Digital Devices
by Jodi Gold
Jodi Gold shares insight gained as a psychiatrist and mother of three in Screen-Smart Parenting. She shares ways to teach your children to be good digital citizens. She explores the way technology can be a positive part of growing up and offers practical advice on how to prepare your kids for social media, guiding them and protecting them along the way.
A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Social Media
Helping Your Teenager Navigate Life Online
by Mark Oestreicher and Adam McLane
A Parent’s Guide to Understanding Social Media is written for parents, both those tech-savvy and tech-challenged. The book looks at the ways kids use online platforms differently than adults do. This quick read is a great introduction to the principles and practices for young people posting online.
The App Generation
How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World
by Howard Gardner and Katie Davis
Researchers Howard Gardner and Katie Davis thoroughly researched this new “app-dependent” generation. In The App Generation they explore three important aspects of adolescence—identity, intimacy, and imagination–and look at both the positive and negative effects the digital age has on kids.
Great Books for Families Struggling with Technology Addiction
Some kids, and adults for that matter, struggle with technology addiction. If you know or are questioning if technology addiction is an issue for one or more of your kids, I highly recommend these books!
Disconnected is a call to action for anyone finding that technology is controlling their home and life. As a public school counselor by day and private practice therapist, Kersting saw the problems kids faced from technology overuse. The book is a quick read at less than 100 pages. It’s broken down into three parts: the impact of electronic devices on kids’ brains; technology’s effect on social, emotional, and family growth; and what parents can do–tips, techniques, and solutions. Kersting lists warning signs and ways to tell when your child is spending too much time using any form of electronic media, including television, video games, handheld devices, and computers/tablets. Kersting offers suggestions on ways to cut down on electronic media consumption. If technology is getting out of hand in your home, Disconnected has solid advice and suggestions for your family.
Unplugged looks at the difference between technology addiction and technology overuse. The authors present the pros and cons of technology use, so parents better understand the effects technology can have on children. And, they offer guidelines parents can use for technology in their home. There is a helpful To Do list at the end of every chapter. And, they encourage families to create a Technology Use Log to get a true idea of how much time is spent on media daily. This book has some great practical suggestions for all families.
Ultimate Technology Podcast List for Parents
Daily Tech News Show
Daily Tech News Show is great for those who want to stay up-to-date on technology news. Host Tom Merritt brings essential headlines in tech news each day. The show also includes information from regular contributors and guest perspectives from some of the top names in technology. This is a great podcast for those wanting to keep up on the fast-moving world of technology.
Trends with Benefits
Trends with Benefits is a weekly podcast bringing you the latest tech updates. Hosts Brad Bourque, Brandon Widder, Matt Leong, and Greg Nibler cover everything from the latest trends in smartphones, autonomous cars, home theater and television, drones, security and privacy, plus emerging tech.
This 30-minute podcast will keep busy homeschool moms up-to-date on technology trends. These guys present serious technology updates. But the podcast is anything but boring. In fact, the podcast makes Saturday morning cleaning feel a bit less like drudgery for me.
Some of the things they covered that I loved: Nintendo Switch review, Virtual Reality Incorporates Social Media, and Fast Food Drone Delivery.
Tech News Weekly
If you want a weekly Tech News update , Tech News Today is the podcast for you. Hosts Megan Morrane and Jason Howell explore the most important stories of the week. This 30-minute show keeps techies up-to-date on what’s happening in the world of technology.
It’s a great podcast to listen to while running the kids to their activities. Or, listen to it during your workout. It makes my daily treadmill time go by quickly. I feel like I’m working and working out at the same time! Let’s face it, we always feel better when we can multi-task as homeschool moms, don’t we? Podcasts are a great way to do just that.
Some of the things they covered that I loved: The End is Nigh for Vine, Is Facebook Enabling Advertisers to Discriminate by Race?, Amazon Rolls out Prime Reading (giving Prime members free access to more than 1,000 books and magazines).
Kids Talking Tech
The Kids Talking Tech podcast began in part as an effort of 2 siblings to help parents and grandparents learn about the technology their kids or grandkids are using. It’s the perfect example of kids teaching parents the how-to of technology. The episodes are short and informative. So they are perfect for listening to while driving in the car, or while getting ready in the morning. This podcast covers a variety of technology topics, from apps to hardware.
Google Teacher Tribe Podcast
If you are an educator who loves Google, you don’t want to miss the Google Teacher Tribe Podcast. In this weekly podcast, you’ll get practical ideas for using G Suite and other Google tools. Many of the ideas can be easily adapted for homeschooling families and even small businesses.
House of #EdTech
House of #EdTech explores how technology is changing the way teachers teach and the impact technology is having on education. Host Chris Nesi shares stories from teachers and creators about education technology. This podcast will give you recommendations on valuable tools, tips, and resources so you can integrate technology into your classroom. If you are an educator, House of #EdTech needs to be on your 2018 podcast list.
If you want daily up-to-date news on the hottest new gadgets, tech news, and apps, be sure to add Talking Tech to your daily podcast feed. It’s a quick listen with information from tech insiders. No wonder it’s USA TODAY’s most listened to podcast.
If you are a fan of TEDTalks, you’ll want to subscribe to TEDTalks Technology. This podcast brings some of the world’s leading inventors and researchers who share demos, breakthroughs, and visions on all things technology.
If you are a huge Google fan like me, Googlicious needs to be added to your podcast list. In this weekly podcast, Brian Tong covers all things Google. He digs into the latest product news and rumors and brings you apps, tips, and tricks. But what I love most is Brian is 100% honest and shares odd and stupid things Google does. That’s what’s so refreshing about this technology podcast.
Taking Note: A podcast by Evernote
If you use Evernote, don’t miss the Taking Note podcast. You’ll get tons of ideas and best practices to help you organize your work and declutter your life.
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