“Kids will want to read First Phone because it’s an informative relatable guide. Parents will also be supported with a road map to discuss crucial issues with their children. This invaluable guide will help get young people started off on the right foot with their first phone. Dr. Pearlman’s compassion for parents and kids at this important milestone comes through on every page.”
— Devorah Heitner, PhD
Author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive and Survive in Their Digital World and Growing Up in Public
A Child’s Guide to Digital Responsibility, Safety and Etiquette
A fun and informative illustrated kids’ guide to safely and productively navigating the digital landscape.
Cellphones have become a fact of life, with children as young as eight (yes, eight!) getting their very own “devices.” Such boundless access means our kids are in nearly constant contact with technology that was designed specifically for adults. And they’re doing so without any type of road map. Enter First Phone: the essential book that apprehensive parents can confidently hand to their kids to read as they begin their journey into the digital world.
In First Phone, Catherine Pearlman—licensed clinical social worker and parenting expert—speaks directly to eight- to twelve-year-old children about digital safety in a manner that is playful, engaging, and age-appropriate. With insights and strategies supported by the latest research, First Phone offers:
– guidance on privacy, boundaries, social media, and even sexting (yes, young children need to learn about sexting before it happens!)
– best digital hygiene and self-care practices, including when to put the darn phone down, when to turn off notifications, and where to charge
– how to be a kind and compassionate upstander in a digital world
An essential companion when your child receives their first phone, this book provides kids the tools and information they need while giving their parents peace of mind.
First Phone, Around the Web
First Phones & Digital Responsibility: Voices 78 with Catherine Pearlman – The Mom Hour
5 things parents should know before kids get their 1st phone – The Today Show
How can parents help kids use smartphones safely? An expert offers some tips – NPR Connecticut All Things Considered
It’s Never Too Late to Change Simple Tech Rules With Your Teens – Parenting Tweens and Teens
Author shares how kids can make safe, healthy choices with their smartphones – CBS Chicago
How To Teach Your Kids to Use Their Cellphone Responsibly – NPR All of It
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