Every parent is nervous about how their child will cope with the online world. Based on his work on building character and a desire for every child to flourish, Tom Harrison is just the right person to show us how the next generation can navigate cyberspace and thrive in doing so
In the fourth industrial revolution it is vital our children develop the character and human strengths that will enable them to flourish online. This book makes a compelling case for why character matters, as well as clearly showing how parents and teachers can help their children to use digital technologies wisely
As a parent, I know how important it is to help young people flourish in the increasingly digital world in which they're growing up. In his new book, Tom Harrison shows us how the theory of character development - which can be traced back to the ancients - is more relevant to this task than ever. The book provides a practical guide for parents and young people on how to develop the wisdom and skills needed to navigate the internet, with all the opportunities and risks it provides. I highly recommend this book to all parents and teachers
While guides to keeping children safe on the internet abound, children deserve more - they deserve to flourish in the online spaces that form part of everyday life in the twenty-first century. Tom Harrison's THRIVE is a much-needed guide for parents, teachers and others seeking to help children cultivate the habits, virtues and practical judgment needed to live wisely and well in digital environments
THRIVE seamlessly weaves together timely insights from research on digital life, timeless ethical principles and actionable advice to help parents guide their children on the path to cyber-wisdom and, ultimately, to thrive. Tom Harrison draws from his own experiences raising children in a connected world and his deep expertise in virtue ethics and character education to create a compelling 'how to' guide for parents
THRIVE demonstrates the need for parents and teachers to take an active part in helping children to develop into good 'cyber-citizens.' The Internet offers temptations to a new generation that their parents and teachers may not have encountered. This sentence stayed with me: 'Many children I interviewed said they had been involved with saying nasty things to others online because their friends encouraged them to.' That's how easy it can be. Fortunately, Dr Harrison's work offers us strong and positive ways to 'reclaim the language of virtue.'
THRIVE is practical, realistic and sound. Tom Harrison's ideas resonate with my own experiences as a mother and educator of adolescents and his parenting tools will be as effective in everyday life as in the digital world. Your child will thank you for reading this