Dot

by Randi Zuckerberg

HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS | October 28, 2013 | Hardcover

Dot is rated 1 out of 5 by 3.

Meet Dot!

She''s a spunky little girl obsessed with electronic devices.

Dot knows a lot.

She knows how to tap . . .

to swipe . . .

to share. . . .

And she pays little attention to anything else, until one day Dot sets off on an interactive adventure with the world surrounding her. Dot''s tech-savvy expertise, mingled with her resourceful imagination, proves Dot really does know lots and lots.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 32 pages, 10.5 × 10.5 × 0.36 in

Published: October 28, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062287516

ISBN - 13: 9780062287519

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Children need protection from information technology, not encouragement to use it Randi Zuckerberg's book is intended to appeal to children and to their parents. I suspect it was written to make a point - that if a balanced approach is taken, technology and nature can co-exist happily in a young child's life. Many parents are looking for this reassurance, but as a public health nurse and child advocate, I believe that the use of technology by young children should be discouraged.  Hand-held devices and the wireless technology that enables them haven't been around long enough to be evaluated for health safety.  Emerging research says that we are only beginning to understand the negative effects of "screen time" on children's developing brains - their developing cognitive and emotional intelligence. Further, it is known beyond doubt that the materials used in the manufacture of these tech devices is toxic to child development - flame retardants and plasticizers have devastating effects on children's developing endocrine and nervous systems. Worrying concerns have come out of the World Health Organization in relation to the risk of brain cancer.   If there are doubts about the health effects of information technology on children, why not embrace "the precautionary principle"? Corporations should be required to prove the safety of their products before releasing them into children's environments.  "Safety by design" is a concept advocated by Raffi Cavoukian, author of Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons to Reform Social Media Be4 It Re-Forms Us.  This is a book that I can, in good conscience, recommend for parents and teachers.
Date published: 2013-12-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't buy this book for many reasons! I am an early child development researcher. I strongly discourage anyone from purchasing (and hence supporting) this book for the following reasons: (1) Just because information technology has proliferated our society does not mean it is natural, healthy, or appropriate for young children in Dot's age range (4-8 years) to be mindlessly playing with smart phones or tablets. It is irresponsible to convey the message that it is a productive use of young children's time, when it is so obviously not. The plot twist where Dot's parent requests her to go outside to 'recharge' seems at first glance to be a nod to the importance of tech moderation or 'balance'. But, in doing so, Zuckerberg implies, first, that Dot's information technology use is ok so long as it's done indoors only (wrong!) and, second, that young children should have access to information technology in the first place (also wrong!). (2) As parents, our job is to shield young children from information technology in the early years of life, not encourage it. Just where does Dot get her tech devices? She cannot afford them on her own, so her parent must be purchasing them for her. This sets the wrong precedent about our role as parents of young children: Parents as addiction enablers, not protectors. (3) Today's technology will not be tomorrow's. There is absolutely no 'leg up' given by providing young children access to information technology that will soon be obsolete. (4) It is unbelievable that an author thinks it's a good idea to convey the message that Dot can only effectively interact with the outside world using the skills she's gained by playing with her smart phone and tablet. In fact, a growing body of research shows clearly that children's ability to interact with and enjoy nature is undermined by tech use, not assisted. (5) Finally, there is a clear message sent that Dot is merely tolerating her outdoor play and time with real friends until her parent (unseen, by the way) lets her back indoors to once again feed her addiction to tech devices. There is so much wrong with this, I don't even know where to start. Want a better purchase? Try Raffi Cavoukian's book "Lightweb Darkweb". He talks about these very issues, and many more, there.
Date published: 2013-11-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I knew this wasn't going to be good!! As a preschool/kindergarten teacher for over 27 years, a parent to 2, an aunt to many little ones, an children's advocate, a Steward for children, a volunteer to many children and youth groups, and owner of 1000's of children's books, I was interested to see what all the hype was about this Dot. book. I had my concerns as I had read more than a fair share of negative reviews. Let's just say I was not impressed after reading it myself. It is not a book I will share with the little ones in my own family and its not a book that I would recommend that parents read to their children either. I shared this book within my own adult brothers and sisters and friends and it was overwhelming the reactions I received from them. Not ONE would read this book to their children. That says something right there.  I believe Randi Zuckerberg is validating something that has no place in the life of small children. This is NOT a book for 4-8 year old's as she claims it to be. In a society where so many parents are seeing first hand the negative impact it is having on their children. As parents, we need to allow our children the beautiful benefits of outdoor play,,of course without holding onto an ipad or phone, etc. Yes, there are benefits of structured tech time with kids if monitored closely, and within a limited time period. I believe that parents and the like need to be more educated about the effects the "shiny-tech" is having on our young children. I agree with several child psychologists/M.D's  who caution parents that early screen time can be harmful to  brain development especially of our young innocent children. Sorry Randi, I give this a thumbs down!
Date published: 2013-11-15

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Dot

by Randi Zuckerberg

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 32 pages, 10.5 × 10.5 × 0.36 in

Published: October 28, 2013

Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062287516

ISBN - 13: 9780062287519

From the Publisher

Meet Dot!

She''s a spunky little girl obsessed with electronic devices.

Dot knows a lot.

She knows how to tap . . .

to swipe . . .

to share. . . .

And she pays little attention to anything else, until one day Dot sets off on an interactive adventure with the world surrounding her. Dot''s tech-savvy expertise, mingled with her resourceful imagination, proves Dot really does know lots and lots.

About the Author

Randi Zuckerberg was an early employee of Facebook where she pioneered live streaming initiatives. She is the CEO and founder of Zuckerberg Media, a tech savvy production company, and editor-in-chief of Dot Complicated, a modern lifestyle community and blog. She has written several books including Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives and the children's book Dot.
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