Left to Their Own Devices?

Confident Parenting in a World of Screens

Katharine Hill


Pages: 208
ISBN: 978-1-914553-06-6
Publication Date: 10/12/2021

The brand new, fully revised edition of Katharine Hill's lifeline for parents in a digital age

The fully revised new edition of Katharine Hill’s wise and encouraging book on parenting in the digital world. A lifeline for parents and carers, this book offers practical advice on screen time and social media, as well as cyberbullying, grooming and pornography, with new content on gaming and ‘sharenting’.

Format: Paperback

    Communications technology is advancing at such speed, heralding a world of choice and opportunity, that we sometimes struggle to navigate each new turn. And yet, with technology, as with life, we need to equip our children to make good choices and to deal with all the hidden dangers, as well as to take hold of the positive opportunities.

    The third edition of Left to their Own Devices has been fully revised and updated to keep pace with this quickly changing digital world. Katharine Hill’s clear, informative book explores the impact of the digital world on teenagers and younger children. Offering encouragement, wisdom and practical advice on topics such as screen time, social media and consumer culture, as well as how to tackle some of the more serious issues of online bullying, grooming and pornography, Left to their Own Devices is a lifeline for parents, carers and teachers in an age of digital confusion.

    Whether you are a new parent or living with teenagers, a stranger to Snapchat or have 500 followers on Instagram, this book is for mums and dads who want to confidently parent in a world of screens.

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    Chapter 1 : Living in a (post-pandemic) Digital World
    Chapter 2 : A Resource to Embrace
    Chapter 3 : Parenting Styles
    Chapter 4 : Too Much Screen Time?
    Chapter 5 : No Face-to-Face Contact?
    Chapter 6: 'Everything They Do is Online!'
    Chapter 7 : Gaming
    Chapter 8 : Social Media, Identity and Digital Footprint
    Chapter 9 : Pornography
    Chapter 10 : Sexting
    Chapter 11 : Online Bullying
    Chapter 12 : Grooming
    Chapter 13 : Internet Addiction
    Chapter 14 : Consumer Culture
    Chapter 15 : All Kinds of Families - All Kinds of Issues
    Chapter 16 : 'Sharenting' and Role Models
    Chapter 17 : Teaching Them to Learn to Discern


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    About the author

    Katharine Hill
    Katharine Hill

    Katharine Hill LLB JP is UK Director at Care for the Family. She speaks and writes on family matters, is a regular author for The Huffington Post, and the author of several books. Katharine also leads on Care for the Family’s policy agenda representing the organisation at government level, and has practised as a family lawyer. She is married to Richard and they have four grown-up children and seven grandchildren.