Left To Their Own Devices? Confident Parenting in a World of Screens

Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1-910012-89-5
Publication Date: 04/10/2019

Price: £9.99

The brand new, fully revised edition of Katharine Hill's lifeline for parents in a digital age

Communications technology is advancing at such speed, heralding a world of choice and opportunity, that we sometimes struggle to navigate each new turn. And yet, with technology, as with life, we need to equip our children to make good choices and to deal with all the hidden dangers, as well as to take hold of the positive opportunities.

Fully revised and updated to keep pace with this quickly changing digital world, Katharine Hill’s clear, informative book explores the impact of the digital world on teenagers and younger children. Offering encouragement, wisdom and practical advice on topics such as screen time, social media and consumer culture, as well as how to tackle some of the more serious issues of online bullying, grooming and pornography, this book is a lifeline for parents, carers and teachers in an age of digital confusion.

Whether you are a new parent or living with teenagers, a stranger to Snapchat or have 500 followers on Twitter, this book is for mums and dads who want to confidently parent in a world of screens.

What People are Saying

I believe the issues addressed in Left to Their Own Devices? are some of the most important for today’s parents – and whether our children are toddlers or teens. I urge you to read it.

Rob Parsons, OBE
Founder and Chairman of Care for the Family

Technology is a crucial part of all our lives. There are huge advantages and some pitfalls we should avoid. Katharine Hill addresses these in a very readable way. Using stories from her own family, anecdotes she has been told and drawing on research evidence, she takes parents through the maze of today’s technology and the devices our children encounter daily. The cartoons support some of the humorous stories Katharine relates and most chapters have practical suggestions which many people will find invaluable.

This is a subject every parent will need to address, will be addressing or will have addressed. It would be a great book to read as a family or with other parents. Parents can be reassured by this book not to deny opportunities to their children, but to embrace technology with an awareness of the negative aspects which can lie in wait. This is a first-class read, and one which should be on parents’ wish list.

Dave Lumsdon
Professional and Academic Tutor, Educational Psychology, Newcastle University; Principal Psychologist for DBL Psychology

We might find ourselves feeling fearful, uncomfortable and unprepared for parenting in this digital age, but what we cannot do is remain silent and uninvolved. Years of youth work has shown me how most young people feel oppressed, in some way, by perceived sex pressures that are amplified by technology. We may feel powerless, but the key message of this book is that we’re not! What our children need is for us to acknowledge the reality of the pressures in all young people’s lives, define our messages and initiate conversations with our children that are factual, sensitive and effective. I’m grateful to Katherine for writing the book that all of us involved with raising children in the digital age need to read.

Rachel Gardner
President of The Girls Brigade England and Wales; Founder of Romance Academy, Youthscape

The iPhone and my 10-year-old daughter were birthed in the same year. As parents, we are raising her in an exciting but often overwhelming digital landscape, which is why I’m so glad Katharine has written this book. Bringing wisdom and hope in equal measure, Katharine gives parents and guardians clarity and advice to navigate this new ‘swipe and like’ culture.

Ian Henderson
Founder of The Naked Truth Project

Left to Their Own Devices? offers invaluable help to any parent wanting to protect and guide their child in the complexities of today’s digital world. We cannot leave our children to work it out for themselves. Parents need Katharine Hill’s important advice from the word go.

Nicky and Sila Lee
Founders of the Marriage and Parenting Courses

Katharine Hill has skilfully and sensitively tackled a terribly thorny subject, that can provoke stress-factor-50 levels of fruitless angst, with razor-sharp insight and unremitting authenticity. This book is a much-needed resource full of solutions, but it is far more than that. It is a true friend who constantly shouts encouragement at you from the sidelines of the parenting marathon.

Dr Samantha Callan
Family Policy Expert and Parliamentary Advisor to Lord Farmer

Katharine gives practical parenting advice on the trickiest topics and it’s the kind of wisdom you only gain from experience. You’ll hear stories from parents who have faced the same challenges you do, and have come out the other side. Buy this book and enjoy the careful balance of thorough research, refreshing honesty, and the brilliant humour of the illustrations. Every parent needs to know this stuff, and thanks to Katharine and Care for the Family they can!

Jason Royce
Youth Educator and Campaigner

This book is a must-read for any parent – full of practical wisdom and helpful tips. It is a much-needed guide for navigating the unchartered waters of parenting in this digital age.

Sarah Abell
Author; Relationships Coach; Former Agony Aunt for The Daily Telegraph

When an issue becomes a storyline in a soap opera you know there’s a problem! And Katharine Hill in this book grasps all the nettles that families now face in this internet age. Her book is well researched and brilliantly connected to the digital world. It resonates with the tensions between children and their parents. It is immensely readable. It is warm, funny, serious and compassionate. It will help you download practical advice to make the most of living as a family in the digital era.

The RT Revd James Jones KBE
Former Bishop of Liverpool


Katharine Hill is a fount of knowledge on every issue family life throws at you, dispensing advice with compassion, humour and a healthy dose of realism.

Alex Borthwick
Product Magazine

Left to Their Own Devices? is a really good book. I don’t say that very often! It’s also a very sane book. My children are in their 30s. When they were young, the Internet hardly existed and a screen, such as they were, was primarily the television. So this book is such an important title, especially for families who are struggling with their children’s time on screen.

Eddie Olliffe
Former Consulting Editor of Together Magazine

Any parent struggling with the uncomfortable dilemma of how to manage their children’s usage of the Internet will find Left to Their Own Devices? a very timely and useful book.

Premier Christian Magazine (5 stars)

About the Author

Katharine Hill is UK Director for Care for the Family. She speaks and writes widely on family matters; she blogs regularly for the Huffington Post and is a popular speaker, writer and broadcaster. She has practiced as a family lawyer and as a member of the board of the International Commission for Couple and Family Relations, as well as being a member of a government advisory group on family issues. Katharine is married to Richard and they have four grown-up children.

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