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“Selfie Syndrome” is the Growing Difficulty Kids Have Developing Empathy in the Digital Age

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“Selfie Syndrome” is the Growing Difficulty Kids Have Developing Empathy in the Digital Age

Editor March 15, 2016

Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 10.27.49 AMAs an internationally recognized expert and author on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development, Michele Borba, Ed.D., addresses this issue head-on. In her new book, UNSELFIE: Why Empathic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World (Touchstone Hardcover; June 7, 2016) Borba provides the tools to teach young people about empathy—and explains why caring for others is actually the essential skill that will give today’s young people a leg up the rest of their lives.

Why do studies find that kids today are 40 percent less empathetic than they were thirty years ago? Why are kids less happy and more stressed than in past generations despite our love? Why is peer cruelty increasing and bullying starting at younger ages? We live in a digital age; technology is advancing rapidly and we embrace this evolution.  However, let’s teach millennials the skills necessary when interacting face-to-face.

In UNSELFIE Borba identifies 9 Essential Habits that kids must develop to grow and thrive in today’s digital-driven, individualistic society. These habits give kids what Borba calls the “Empathy Advantage,” because they are a better predictor of future success and happiness than grades, awards, or other accolades. This one-of-a-kind manual broadens our narrow view of success, so kids learn the most crucial habits needed to thrive in a diverse world. Best yet, Borba shows how to teach kids these crucial skills so they become lifelong habits.
Here is what Borba can discuss in an interview:

·   Too much online communication means that our kids will be less equipped to develop skills to navigate their social world, and it may infringe on our own relationships with our children.

·   One national survey found that 62% of school-aged kids said that their parents are too distracted when they try to talk to them.  The top parent distraction: cell phones.

·   A study by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that kids use less digital media in homes with firm digital rules.

·   85% of mothers agree that their children play outdoors less often than just a generation ago.  And in those decades that play declined and social networking increased youth stress, anxiety, depression, narcissism and the selfie syndrome also escalated.

·   Why too much competition shrinks empathy and how to help kids be collaborators and think WE

·   Why reading literary fiction makes kids not only smarter but also kinder and activates empathy

·   Why mobilizing compassion is the best bullying antidote; how to teach kids to stand up to bullies

·   How to help kids stay in control and find courage in key moments based on Navy SEALs tactics

Caring about others truly is crucial for mental health, emotional hardiness, trust, leadership, character and well-being—everything we consider sacred for kids. Includes almost 500 science-backed practical tools for every parent and teacher who want their kids to be happy, successful and caring human beings

We do hope you will consider review/interview/features for UNSELFIE / Borba.  If you would like to receive a complimentary copy of UNSELFIE please forward me your contact details. For more information, or to schedule an interview with Michele Borba, please be in touch at your earliest convenience.

Leah Morse | Publicity Assistant | Touchstone
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