by Bob Waliszewski
Can you name the last four movies your child saw in theaters and their respective ratings? How about the most recent songs your child downloaded to an iPod or mobile phone? If you are a parent of teens and/or tweens, you probably realize that today's entertainment often doesn't have the best interests of your child in mind. In light of this issue, do you have a strategy or plan in place to raise media-savvy kids who can filter through the lies of today's entertainment and make wise decisions about what is healthy for the spirit?
Bob Waliszewski's latest book addresses the challenge of creating such a strategy. Plugged-In Parenting: How to Raise Media-Savvy Kids with Love, Not War makes a powerful case for teaching kids media discernment by showing parents how to use teachable moments without damaging the parent-child relationship. Waliszewski offers evidence from research and pop culture, Scripture, questions, parental examples, and a written family entertainment constitution to uphold biblical standards while supporting the importance of family.
If you find yourself between a rock and a hard place when it comes to "laying down the law" against the increasingly violent and sexualized content of today's media, you are in good company. The good news? This book offers a valid solution to the problem. So whether your battle zone is the screen in a theater or on a smartphone, TV, laptop, MP3 player, or video game console, you don't have to unplug to find peace. Plugged-In Parenting will present timeless tactics on how to make media choices that can bring your family closer together.
With the recent release of this title, it might help to find out a bit more about the mastermind behind the pages of this book and the ministry he puts his heart into. Bob Waliszewski is director of Focus on the Family's Plugged In Online department which features the popular website by the same name, Pluggedin.com. This site is designed to shine a light on the world of popular entertainment while giving families the essential tools they need to understand, navigate, and impact the culture in which they live. While providing up-to-date reviews of new movie releases and information on the hottest music, television, DVDs, and video games impacting culture today, Plugged In Online strives to go beyond what entertainment industry ratings tell you, digging deeper into specific content and the meaning behind it. The award-winning website has been visited about 1 million times by those looking for detailed information about what’s really in popular the world of entertainment.
Through his work with Plugged In Online, Bob is heard on more than 665 radio stations as well as a number of television and Internet outlets weekly with his syndicated "Plugged In Movie Review" feature. The audio version was nominated for a National Religious Broadcaster's award for 2011. Bob has written numerous articles for Focus on the Family publications including Focus on the Family magazine, Citizen, LifeWise, and Breakaway. He also coauthored a book published by Tyndale in 1998 entitled Chart Watch. His latest work, Plugged-In Parenting, which compiles over 20 years of experience in dealing with the impact of media on kids and families today, hits the shelves this month.
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