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By Janell Burley Hofmann
Retail Price $17.99
Amazon Price: $13.16

Book Description: 

As Janell Burley Hofmann, mother of five, wrapped her 13-year-old’s iPhone on Christmas Eve, she was overwhelmed by questions: “Will my children learn to sit and wonder without Googling? Should I know their passwords for online accounts? Will they experience the value of personal connection without technology?”To address her concerns, she outlined boundaries and expectations in a contract for her son to sign upon receiving his first cell phone. When Hofmann’s editor at The Huffington Post posted the contract, now known as iRules, it resonated on a massive scale and went viral, resulting in a tsunami of media coverage and requests. It quickly became apparent that people across the country were hungry for more.


In iRules, Hofmann provides families with the tools they need to find a balance between technology and human interaction through a philosophy she calls Slow Tech Parenting. In the book, she educates parents about the online culture tweens and teens enter the minute they go online, exploring issues like cyberbullying, friend fail, and sexting, as well as helping parents create their own iRules contracts to fit their families’ needs. As funny and readable as it is prescriptive, iRules will help parents figure out when to unplug and how to stay in sync with the changing world of technology, while teaching their children self-respect, integrity, and responsibility.


This book is a ‘must read’ for all parents who want to protect their children while still giving them access to all of the benefits technology has to offer. The author’s realistic approach to navigating the cyber-culture is invaluable as she gives easy-to-follow and sensible advice.  As parents, many of us aren’t as tech savvy as our kids.  This guide gives spot-on strategies for closing that gap and making the whole family’s approach to technology a win-win for the entire family.

~Reviewed by Cherie S.



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