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In this funny, accessible guide, parent coach and mother of five Janell Burley Hofmann provides tips for raising happy, well-adjusted children in a technological age.

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As Janell Burley Hofmann, mother of five, wrapped her 13-year-old's iPhone on Christmas Eve, she was overwhelmed by questions: "Will my children learn to sit and wonder without Googling? Should I know their passwords for online accounts? Will they experience the value of personal connection without technology?"

To address her concerns, she outlined boundaries and expectations in a contract for her son to sign upon receiving his first cell phone. When Hofmann's editor at the Huffington Post posted the contract, now known as iRules, it resonated on a massive scale and went viral, resulting in a tsunami of media coverage and requests. It quickly became apparent that people across the country were hungry for more.

In iRules, Hofmann provides families with the tools they need to find a balance between technology and human interaction through a philosophy she calls Slow Tech Parenting. In the book, she educates parents about the online culture tweens and teens enter the minute they go online, exploring issues like cyberbullying, friend fail, and sexting, as well as helping parents create their own iRules contracts to fit their families' needs. As funny as it is prescriptive, iRules will help parents figure out when to unplug and how to stay in sync with the changing world of technology, while teaching their children self-respect, integrity, and responsibility.

"Narrator Carrington Macduffie's clear reading is intelligent and even. Hofmann's solid advice is predicated on mutual respect; the resultant excellent counsel will be of acute interest to most American parents and will increase the levels of trust in families heeding her advice." ---Library Journal Starred Audio Review

"Hofmann's intelligent prose coupled with MacDuffie's gentle but clear tone makes the audiobook an engaging listen for anyone grappling with how to deal with childrearing in the age of social media." ---AudioFile
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What Every Tech-healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming, and Growing Up

Author Janell Burley Hofmann

Narrated by Carrington MacDuffie

Publication date May 21, 2014

Running time 7 hrs 16 min

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