TechnoLogic Review by Jonathan Lewis
Home School Enrichment Magazine
I’m a Millennial. Okay, just barely—but I still qualify. I grew up around technology and got an early start with computers. I may not be a natural tech geek, but I do handle technology competently and have done so for years.
And from that experience, I know how easy it is to let technology get the better of me if I allow it to do so. Whether it’s checking my phone too often or wasting time online, it’s easy to let my technology own me instead of the other way around.
That’s why I’m glad Lee Binz has written the book TechnoLogic: How to Set Logical Technology Boundaries and Stop the Zombie Apocalypse. The zombies she’s referring to are the mind-numbed hordes who are so preoccupied with their gadgets they’re not living real life.
The problem of technology overuse and addiction is serious, as is the torrent of inappropriate material available at the click of a button (or, as Lee points out, accidentally available to a child engaging in a seemingly innocent Internet search). The problems are real, and today’s parents need to be both aware of the problems and equipped to deal with them constructively. Completely unplugging might be tempting at times, but that’s probably not the best option for most of us, since our children do need to know how to use technology. But we also don’t need to let our technology rule—and ruin—our lives.
Somewhere between the extremes is a middle ground we need to find. And that’s what Lee wants to help you accomplish with TechnoLogic.
Lee’s book is divided into four main sections: Understand the Problem, Face the Problem, Prevent the Problem, and Deal with the Problem. While the book does take a somber view of tech overuse, I appreciate that it’s not an anti-technology rant.
The early chapters focus on the problem, while the later chapters focus more on solutions. In discussing the problems, I appreciate the fact that Lee takes the discussion beyond just the dangers of porn and violent video games and delves into the science of what technology overuse can do to our children’s brains. (But don’t worry—she doesn’t get too heavy.) In other words, it’s not just a content problem, though Lee discusses that aspect as well; it’s a use problem. If our children are using technology too much—even for perfectly wholesome activities—they’re going to suffer for it.
You’ll find plenty of practical pointers and ideas for handling technology constructively. You’ll discover, for example, “Ten Ways to Create Wholesome Technology Boundaries” (chapter 7), “Nine Real Family Examples of Setting Successful Technology Boundaries” (chapter 8), and “Seven Steps for Safe and Sane Internet Use” (chapter 9).
Don’t read this book if you are unwilling to feel a little uncomfortable about your family’s technology habits. But if you’re concerned about how to help your children successfully navigate the technological world we live in, I recommend you get a copy and read it. If you’re not concerned, then I highly recommend you get a copy and read it. Why? Because if you’re not concerned, it probably means you’re not paying attention—and you need to be. Too many parents are fundamentally uninformed about the multifaceted dangers posed by technology overuse.
I think many moms and dads hear warnings about technology and think the concern is just about porn and violent video games. Filter those out and we’re fine, the thinking goes. But those things aren’t the only concern, as Lee makes abundantly clear. Technology abuse and addiction are real things. If you don’t believe me, hopefully you will by the time you finish reading TechnoLogic. The real-life story Lee includes in chapter 11 is an eye-opener.
So pick up a copy of TechnoLogic. Read it. Consider it. Then prayerfully decide what to do with your newfound knowledge. The stakes are high. For the sake of our children, we need to be informed.
This is a 5 Alarm Alert for all parents who have children with smartphones. The latest craze to hit the culture is an augmented reality app called Pokemon GO. Released on July 6, this app is now the number one download in the Apple store and has been installed on 5.16% of all Android devices in the U.S. It may soon even outperform Twitter, according to Forbes. Chances are, if your kids have a smartphone, it is already downloaded and they are already playing it. [Read More: Forbes]
For the uninitiated (those who have been focused on the real news tragedies since July 6), here is a summary: Pokemon GO turns your ordinary mobile phone into a window on a fictional world. As you walk through the world, Pokemon GO uses your phone's GPS and alerts you when you're close to a creature. When you turn on the camera, the pokemon appears overlaid on whatever your phone sees. [See an example here: CNN.com]
By turning on their camera, creatures pop up on their screens, appearing in patches of grass, hospital rooms, table counters, bathtubs, trees, and even the kitchen sink, all depending on where they are located. Players walk and travel around their area, pausing at buildings or monuments to find virtual characters that appear on their smart phone camera. They are fighting for the title of "The Very Best That No One Ever Was."
So, in a nutshell, the next generation of digital zombies you will soon start noticing will be laser focused on catching the Pokemon monster standing next to you. Do not be alarmed. They are probably harmless, unless you get in their way. Because even though the app is merely a week old, social media is filled with stories of injuries and accidents from people bumping into, falling over, or basically tripping their way through the game. Beyond bumps and bruises, there are other, more serious reasons to pause before starting this game.
Before allowing them to be unwittingly exposed to the dark side of this popular game, you need to quickly educate yourself on this fad. Quickly, because it's growing so fast it will make your head spin.
"Lee Binz has hit the nail smack on the head for clearly identifying the impact technology is having on our children, families, and schools, and what to do about it. TechnoLogic demystifies a very complex issue, helping readers to sort out problem areas and identify solutions. TechnoLogic is for everyone who cares about creating better lives for children." ~Cris Rowan, Occupational Therapist and Author of Virtual Child
"Lee Binz deftly guides parents about the dangers that accompany gaming and internet addiction in this valuable book. Follow her advice, end the power struggles with your children and teens over their technology use, and be well on your way to rebuilding harmony in your family life." ~ Kim McDaniel, M.A. Family Therapist, Author, and Parent Coach
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"These are topics that unfortunately are much needed topics in today's world. It takes courage to address these issues. Thank you for the balance of honesty and sensitivity with which you addressed them. Thank you for taking on these topics and doing such a great job with them!" ~Cyndie
"Your candidness ministered to me as a mom and teacher of my children." ~Connie
"Thank you for addressing something that is so clearly a problem but quite ignored since parents are sometimes more guilty than the child.” ~Katherine
"I say Amen to all of this. I've have had to experience all of the negatives here, because I was too naive for my own good. There's good in being naive, and then there is stupidity, especially when it comes to protecting your children from porn. Please do heed the warnings here. If I had only known, I would have been more responsible about parenting in this area. I do trust the Lord's plan from eternity past, but I also am very sad for my son who was exposed to this for years. Thank you Lee. You've been a great source of comfort to me. ~Renee
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