There’s an app or device for nearly every aspect of parenting today: monitoring your baby; entertaining or educating your toddler; connecting with other new parents for tips, tricks, and community—virtually every aspect of daily life. But it isn’t a parenting paradise; the truth is much more complicated.
The mother of two young daughters, journalist Sophie Brickman wondered what living in a tech-saturated world was doing to her and her children. She turned to experts, academics, doctors, and innovators for advice and insight. Baby, Unplugged brings together Brickman’s in-depth research with her own candid (sometimes hilarious) personal experience to help parents sort through the wide and often confusing tech offerings available today and to sort out what’s helpful and what’s not.
Filled with relatable and entertaining stories as well as practical takeaways, Baby, Unplugged is destined to become a touchstone for parents today, giving them the permission to forge their own path through the morass of technological options, to restore their faith in themselves, and to help them raise good, social, and engaged people in the modern world.
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Parentech
1 The Quantified Child Do We Really Need This Much Baby Data? 31
2 It Takes a Virtual Village Can Online Parenting Groups Replace IRL? 61
3 Baby Paparazzi If You're Capturing the Moment, Are You Ever in It? 93
4 Buy, Buy, Baby Are We Strong Enough to Escape E-commerce? 131
Part 2 Babytech
5 Plug and Play Are Smart Toys Better than Analog Blocks? 157
6 Couch Fingerlings Is Preschool Programming Worse than Ever? 187
7 Swiped Out Will Interactive Apps Change the Game? 215
8 See Spot Sprint Can E-books Improve Upon Print Ones? 253