4 P’s Resources

Power Down:

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other and Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age by Sherry Turkle

Sherry Turkle, a reknowned media scholar from MIT, is been an expert on the impact of technology on children and families. Along with her books are articles and TED Talk on the subject. I’d begin with the impactful TED Talk.

The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World by Adam Gazzaley & Larry Rosen

An innate need to gather information frames the conversation about why digital devices are so alluring. Chapter 11: Modifying Behavior, gives critical strategies for driving a car, focusing on critical assignments, social interactions and sleep.

The Distraction Addiction: Getting the Information You Need and the Communication You Want, Without Enraging Your Family, Annoying Your Colleagues, and Destroying Your Soul by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Particularly useful in combining the impact of technology with a mindfulness culture. Key strategies including “Zenware” which is technology that enhances mindfulness and a mindful use of technology.

Parenting in the Age of Attention Snatchers by Lucy Jo Palladino.

Much of the Technology Toolbox comes from modifying Palladino’s suggestions to parents with strategies teens/young adults may do on their own including awareness, mindfulness, and tech breaks. This makes a wonderful baby shower present.


Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon-Kabat Zinn

The classic work by one of the key founder’s of the mindfulness movement in the United States. Kabot Zinn’s definition of mindfulness is “Awareness that arises by paying attention on purpose in the present moment with non-judgement.”

Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day by Andy Puddicombe and the App at www.Headspace.com

An excellent introduction to Mindfulness with its accompanying App to begin to learn mindfulness. Puddicombe, a former Buddhist monk, has brought mindfulness to western culture in an appealing way for teens and young adults.

The Power of Now by Eckert Tolle

Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman


The Artist’s Way: The Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron


Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elise and the Way to a Meaningful Life by William Deresiewicz

When Deresiewicz writes that teens have never been more depressed, anxious and stressed, he did not mention technology as a cause. In the blog entry, Passion, Purpose, Meaning, I show how the digital age exacerbates these issues with solutions.


The Spiritual Child: The New Science on Parenting for Learning and Lifelong Thriving by Lisa Miller

One of the pinnacle books on ways to enhance the movement from surviving to thriving in all of our lives. More can be found in the blog entry: Teens Mental Health, Technology and Spirituality