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.
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.
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!