Let’s Get Tech-Savvy!

Here at DigiKids, we get really excited about making family relationships around technology easier. And that’s why, when we heard about Nikki Bush’s  new book, Tech-Savvy, we were jumping around in our chairs.

Nikki is a well-known voice in parenting circles, having authored a number of highly relevant and extremely useful books but she’s also an incredible speaker and facilitator. Nikki’s passion for creating and enabling effective parenting in a number of ways is why we like her so much! So, when our Managing Editor managed to steal a bit of Nikki’s time for an interview, we were pretty darn chuffed.

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Nikki’s idea for Tech-Savvy stemmed from being regularly asked by schools to facilitate workshops around children and technology. As tablets become more commonplace in the classroom, many parents look towards the school to help them better understand and navigate the digital world. For Nikki, this isn’t the best way to do things. Nikki says:

“Parents need to be talking about technology, just like they would about sexuality or anything else, with their children. In order for them to do this effectively, parents need to equip themselves and have easy access to useful information around technology. When I read what was available online for parents, to help them guide their children through their digital life, I was constantly disappointed because so many guidelines came without providing context and perspective, which is really necessary for good decision-making.  That’s what convinced Arthur Goldstuck and I that we had to write Tech-Savvy Parenting, which covers both the incredible opportunities the digital world has to offer as well as the potential dangers to our children”.

Working with renowned technology pundit and author, Arthur Goldstuck of World Wide Worx, Nikki has created the ultimate guide for parents who want and need to help their child operate and blossom in an online world.

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Nikki Bush and Arthur Goldstuck with Nada Ossendryver and Tanya Meyer. Nadav is a 17 year old app developer who created “Latest Sigthings” and Tanya wroe an e-book on how to use an iPad at school to get ahead. Both their stories are featured in “Tech-Savvy”.

In our interview, Nikki placed an emphasis on the reality of online monitoring tools. Nikki says:

“Whilst monitoring tools are useful and important, software cannot protect your child from stupidity…when children are toddlers and are learning how to climb a jungle gym, parents don’t just let them loose on the equipment. You help them, guide them and then supervise them. It’s the same with technology and the online world…Parents must commit to teaching their children about the online world, just as they teach them the rules of the road and other important rules for life”.

We’re such a great fan of Nikki’s work and especially of Tech-Savvy! With chapters packed with useful information, we’re pretty sure you’d love a copy too! You can order a copy here!

Thanks to Nikki and her great publishing house, Bookstorm, we’ve got two copies to give away!

Here’s how to win – Simply leave a comment below, telling us why you’d like to win this book!

This competition is now closed. Congratulations to our winners!

And to keep in touch with what Nikki us up to, you can like her Facebook page or connect with her on Twitter here. While you’re at it, don’t forget to keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter too!

 

Cath Jenkin

As a mom, Cath raises her daughter with a strong focus on technology, as she believes that digital literacy is as important as learning to read. With a long history of creating content for online and print publications, and in particular as a parenting columnist, Cath brings her curious mind... Read more

8 Comments
Tracey Preston

As a mom of four, aged between 12 and 3 months, I think that both right now and in time to come, making sure that our kids make the most of the amazing tool that technology is safely, is imperative. As parents we face daily decisions as to how we manage ourselves online. Having a guide to hand, to help steer our children to make good decisions when online, is invaluable. I think this is a MUST read for all parents. Wether you believe in children being exposed to technology or not, because in time they WILL need these skills, regardless of how much you think they won’t. What a great Book!

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Kathryn

I would like to win this book because I think it is time that I knew more than my 12 year old children! They are so tech savvy – maybe because they have access at home & my husband helps them to work on the computer. But although I believe totally that they are the computer generation, I really am so pleased when they enjoy reading books and draw and swim.

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Sam

I would like to win this book because I believe in this digital world we live in I would rather be prepared to equip my kids to live in it than to be an ostrich and pretend that they are growing up in a time like my own.

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Julia

I think it’s one of the biggest challenges facing parents – how to manage tech in their kids’ lives, and I have a sneaking suspicion that I am failing hopelessly at this point. Which is why a copy of the book would be awesome!

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Genevieve

I find the world my little Olive growing up in so vastly different to the one I experienced as a child and would love to feel better equipped to deal with her questions. This book would be so appreciated!

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