Raising Kids in the Media Age

Author Jay Dunlap, media expert, and communication teacher fathers five children.
by NCRegister.com Staff Writer | Source: National Catholic Register

Chicago, August 13, 2007. – What is the relationship between television and ADD/ADHD? What does hypnosis have in common with watching television? What do we miss when we don´t communicate in person? Why will future generations see media such as television and the Internet as a single medium? How do we strike a healthy balance between media consumption and our needs as individuals and families?

Jay Dunlap´s new book Raising Kids in the Media Age answers these questions and many more with a realistic and constructive approach that parents will find enlightening, practical, and applicable.

At the heart of his message, Dunlap shows that parents must understand the communications media in order to be effective educators of their children. The media are here to stay; our task is to learn how to manage this double-edged tool in a way that serves the family and doesn´t rip it apart.

In a book brimming with fascinating information about the rise, development, impact, and dangers of the various forms of mass media, one of Dunlap´s most important insights is that in our times, the medium is the message. That is to say, even if we set aside the question of what particular messages the media are 
 
conveying, we are still very much shaped and influenced by its fast-paced, image-based communication style, both as individuals and as families. Dunlap argues that the media´s influence on our ability to communicate and build meaningful relationships with others is a crucial element for parents to take into account when raising their children.

Chapter titles include: What´s "Normal" is Weird; Television, the "Hypnotube"; Media Myths; Pornography, the Worst of the Worst; The Phenomenon of Convergence; and Practical Suggestions for Parents. An appendix on how to produce and edit home videos puts the action into the hands of the kids, while an additional appendix of helpful resources gives parents the means to continue educating themselves on the topic.

Raising Kids in the Media Age is written by an expert who has seen the two worlds of mass media and parenting up close. After a decade as a news anchor and reporter for ABC and NBC, and after parenting five adopted children, Jay Dunlap is eminently qualified to speak on how to bring the best of both worlds together in a balanced way.

Published by Circle Press of North Haven, Conn., Raising Kids in the Media Age is now on sale online at amazon.com and circlepressusa.com or over the telephone at 888-881-0729.

A parent, educator, and veteran media professional, Jay Dunlap has written for leading national publications and has taught and lectured on media and communications at campuses from Rome’s Regina Apostolorum Pontifical University to New York University and many other colleges and universities. After ten years as a news anchor and reporter for  
 
various ABC and NBC News affiliates in the Midwest, Jay spent the past decade doing communications work for Regnum Christi and teaching communications. He is presently an adjunct faculty member of Mater Ecclesiae College in Greenville, Rhode Island, and teaches at the Legion’s Sacred Heart Apostolic School in Rolling Prairie, Indiana. He and his wife, Margie, are parents to five beautiful adopted children of mixed race.



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