The audiobook reviewed here is ‘Generation Text’ by Dr Michael Osit and narrated by Dan John Miller. The narration is clear with effective intonation helping to convey the material in an engaging style that keeps the attention of the audience. Osit writes about the impact of technology on children and offers advice to parents of children from the ‘text generation’. Osit doesn’t focus on research in this area but instead uses his experience as a child psychologist as well as his insights as a parent. As this is a relatively long work – the audio was over 10 hours long – the book explores a number of issues. Osit discusses some of his observations of the effects of trends in technology applications in society on child development. He supports these observations with case scenarios. On the basis of his experience as a child psychologist, he discusses some of the difficulties that children and adolescents face and offers parents guidance in this area. Thematic throughout the book is his suggestion that parents use a systematic process for parenting and this is supported by examples of behaviour that Osit recommends so that the reader can model this behaviour if they agree with it. A particular strength of Osit in this book is his ability to identify some of the wider technological trends in society that could impact on development, to identify possible problems and to suggest solutions. As the book covers many areas it will be interesting to see the results of research in this area as it becomes available.
Michael Osit. Generation Text. Narrated by Dan John Miller. Brilliance Audio. 2008.
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