The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World

The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World

by Jordan Shapiro
The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World

The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World

by Jordan Shapiro


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A provocative look at the new, digital landscape of childhood and how to navigate it.

In The New Childhood, Jordan Shapiro provides a hopeful counterpoint to the fearful hand-wringing that has come to define our narrative around children and technology. Drawing on groundbreaking research in economics, psychology, philosophy, and education, The New Childhood shows how technology is guiding humanity toward a bright future in which our children will be able to create new, better models of global citizenship, connection, and community.

Shapiro offers concrete, practical advice on how to parent and educate children effectively in a connected world, and provides tools and techniques for using technology to engage with kids and help them learn and grow. He compares this moment in time to other great technological revolutions in humanity's past and presents entertaining micro-histories of cultural fixtures: the sandbox, finger painting, the family dinner, and more. But most importantly, The New Childhood paints a timely, inspiring and positive picture of today's children, recognizing that they are poised to create a progressive, diverse, meaningful, and hyper-connected world that today's adults can only barely imagine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316437240
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 12/31/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 547,755
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jordan Shapiro, PhD, is a world-renowned American thought leader. He's currently Senior Fellow for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, and Nonresident Fellow in the Global Economic and Development program at the Brookings Institution. He teaches in Temple University's Intellectual Heritage Program, wrote a column for Forbes on global education, digital play, and family life from 2012 to 2017, and is the author of The New Childhood. He lives in Philadelphia with his two sons.

Follow him on twitter: @jordosh Visit his website:

Table of Contents

Introduction: Plato Would've Been a Gamer 3

Part 1 Self

Chapter 1 The New Story Time 17

Chapter 2 The New Playtime 32

Chapter 3 The New Sandbox 46

Part 2 Home

Chapter 4 The New Family 61

Chapter 5 The New Hearth 88

Chapter 6 The New Puberty 113

Part 3 School

Chapter 7 The New School Bell 145

Chapter 8 The New Language Arts 169

Chapter 9 The New Learning Objectives 207

Part 4 Society

Chapter 10 The New Empathy 237

Chapter 11 The New Media Literacy 259

Chapter 12 The New Childhood 280

Acknowledgments 291

Bibliography 295

Index 303

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