Informed Readers Book Club: December Selection Explores the Effects of Screen Time

When did your child get his or her first tablet or smartphone?

For a generation of parents, the age given in response has been younger and younger. As you look around, do you wonder whether the ever-present screen in front of us might be affecting our behavior and thought processes?

You’re not alone in your questions. On December 13, the Informed Voters Book Club will explore the potential effects of screen time through a discussion of Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction Is Hijacking Our Kids — And How to Break the Trance by Nicholas Kardaras.

Join the book club on December 13 at Old Firehouse Books from 6:30-8:00 PM for this discussion, which is open to the community.

The author’s website provides a compelling introduction to the subject:

We’ve all seen them: kids hypnotically staring at glowing screens in restaurants, in playgrounds and in friends’ houses―and the numbers are growing. Like a virtual scourge, the illuminated glowing faces―the Glow Kids―are multiplying. But at what cost? Is this just a harmless indulgence or fad like some sort of digital hula-hoop? Some say that glowing screens might even be good for kids―a form of interactive educational tool.

However, Dr. Kardaras argues that the pervasive nature of screens and digital entertainment is addictive and is creating a public health crisis.

Learn more about the book in this interview, and mark your calendar to join the discussion.

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