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Are your kids unable to step away from the screens? Here is a practical, step-by-step guide that gives parents the tools to teach children, from toddlers to teens, how to gain control of their technology use.

As children spend more of their time on tablets and smartphones, using apps specially engineered to capture their attention, parents are concerned about the effects of so much technology use–and feel powerless to intervene. They want their kids to be competent and competitive in their use of technology, but they also want to prevent the attention problems that can develop from overuse. Lucy Jo Palladino shows that the key is to help kids build awareness and control over their own attention, and in this guide she gives parents the tools to do exactly that, in seven straightforward, evidence-based steps.

Parents will learn the best practices to guide children to understand and control their attention—and to recognize and resist when their attention is being "snatched." This approach can be modified for kids of all ages. Parents will also learn the critical difference between voluntary and involuntary attention, new findings about brain development, and what puts children at risk for attention disorders.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala (April 28, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611802172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611802177
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces

Customer Reviews

An amazing book at an important time!

5 people found this helpful.
 on August 22, 2015
By Richard Freed
Dr. Palladino does a wonderful job of mixing the latest brain research with compelling stories to help parents navigate a challenging digital age. She describes the profound differences between “bottom-up” involuntary attention and “top-down” voluntary attention, and why it’s vital that we help our kids develop the brain skill of “top-down” attention, especially in an age of always-on, distracting technologies. It’s clear from her wisdom and compassion that Dr. Palladino does real work with real children and families, as she understands the nuances of helping kids use tech primarily as a tool and not a toy. I highly recommend this amazing book.

Asking students to maintain focus for over 3 hours is like asking runners to run a marathon without training

4 people found this helpful.
 on June 5, 2015
By Susan Cappetta
I can’t say enough about Lucy Jo Palladino’s new book, Parentingin the Age of Attention Snatchers: A Step-By-Step Guide to Balancing YourChild’s Use of Technology. This book should be in the hands of every parent from infancy to young adulthood. To date, this is the most comprehensive and practical guide for parents on how to help their children from a very young age learn to use their technology as opposed to having it use them. When children practice voluntary attention in their use of technology, they are building the neural pathways for attention and focus. When they allow digital devices to “snatch” their attention, they are building the neural pathways for involuntary attention. Voluntary attention is intentional, requires effort, is hard to sustain, and builds the pre-frontal cortex of the brain. The center of memory, focus and comprehension, among other strengths needed for success. Involuntary attention is effortless, is hard to stop, and builds the sensory cortex of the brain creating more reactivity, among other qualities that inhibit focus.

A Must-Read for Anyone with Children

2 people found this helpful.
 on October 7, 2015
By William Clark
I am so thankful to have encountered this book, and the perspective and the tools it offers for talking about the power of digital devices over our children’s attention.

Outstanding resource for helping kids develop attention

7 people found this helpful.
 on June 18, 2015
By jenna
As a physician and mother, I found this book to be an incredibly valuable resource. With so many parenting books out there, it is hard to know which ones are worth taking the time to read, but this book was outstanding and one I will definitely recommend. Neither demonizing nor glorifying, Dr. Palladino instead takes a balanced look at the effect technology can have on developing children and provides concrete, actionable recommendations for maximizing potential benefits and while minimizing risk for harm. She makes a persuasive case for the critical need to develop the skill of voluntary (focused) attention in order to achieve academic, professional, and emotional successes in life. As I read this book, I found myself reflecting on some of my own habits surrounding technology and attention and making tweaks for myself as well as for my daughter that have led to positive changes. While her book references specific technology of today (Facebook, Snapchat, etc), the parenting concepts described will continue to be applicable even as technology continues to rapidly change. Her age-specific guidelines are something I am sure will be returning to as my daughter passes through the various stages. Highly recommended!

An excellent resource for families and teachers

4 people found this helpful.
 on June 10, 2015
By Bea
Buy this book!

A breakthrough book in our understanding of attention

3 people found this helpful.
 on October 31, 2015
By e-Patient Dave
This book is a masterpiece, a career-defining work, by a practicing clinician I met on CompuServe twenty years ago, Dr. Lucy Jo Palladino. She is an accomplished “parenting coach” and a multi-book author on attention and personality styles, and brings it all together in this book.

Wow! This is a must read for anyone looking …

2 people found this helpful.
 on June 30, 2015
By Jennifer Hasvold
Wow! This is a must read for anyone looking for guidance in helping children navigate this brave new world of technology. Palladino highlights how a passive rather than proactive attitude towards the role technology plays in our children’s lives has far-reaching consequences for their intellectual, emotional and social development. She walks the reader through ways we can cultivate voluntary attention skills in our children while still carving out a space for selective and appropriate use of technology. Her book is incredibly evidence-based and nuanced but stays accessible and relevant throughout. I thought this was an incredible read, providing indispensable insight for both lay people as well as those with a background in childhood development. As a mother and pediatrician, this book has profoundly influenced how I approach the role of technology in my own home as well as the homes of my patients.

Read this for your family and for yourself.

 on July 4, 2017
By Thai
This book is for every parent. There are lessons for parents and children of all stages of their young lives. The lessons taught can also be practiced by adults. I have to admit, I read this to gain a better awareness of my own dependence on attention snatchers. This book is not just about the kids but the parents as well. It is filled with references to studies, real life examples that we can relate to or recognize, tools, and lessons. I highly recommend this book. It is so incredibly relevant and important in today’s world of technology, smart phones, and social media. As a parent herself, I know first hand that Lucy Jo practices what she teaches. It is evident in the beautiful loving family that she has, her successful daughters, and the wonderful person that she is.

Voluntary Attention

4 people found this helpful.
 on May 29, 2015
By Victor Peralta
I used to look down on parents that handed their devices over to their kids, sometimes not old enough to speak. The parents would carry on with their adult duties, paying for food, conversing with other adults, while the child gets lost and fixated to the screen. How can they ignore their child’s needs for attention?