SOS! The Technology Guidebook for Parents of Tweens and Teens

Sheryl Gould’s guidebook for parents who seek to keep their children safe online—away from inappropriate content, strangers and cyberbullying—by equipping them to have the important conversations.

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I’m Sheryl Gould

Founder of Moms of Tweens and Teens, Parenting Educator and Coach, Author and Podcast Host

With over fifteen years of experience coaching parents and working with families, Sheryl Gould understands how overwhelming and stressful it can be to monitor a child’s internet usage for their safety and mental well-being. She created the organization Moms of Tweens and Teens as a way to support parents as they implement effective parenting strategies and reconnect with their children.

my approach

In SOS! The Technology Guidebook for Parents of Tweens and Teens, Gould’s approach works through common conflicts about screen time as it leads parents away from nagging and arguing with their children and creates more opportunities for “face-to-face time.” In this guidebook, parents will find:

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Answers to common parenting questions, challenges, and frustrations

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Steps to personalize limitations and rules to a child’s needs and development

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Practical advice for navigating tough conversations

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Strategies for getting a child to “buy-in” to screen time limits

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Programs to manage time children spend on devices and content they can access (apps, YoutTube channels, websites, etc.)

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Suggestions for balance and quality time as a family

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“In this pragmatic, empathetic, and helpful guide, Sheryl Gould has distilled excellent advice from her work with thousands of parents. Once you understand your kid's tech use more clearly, including by using technology with them, you can guide and support them in building crucial skills in navigating technology. With this book in hand, you'll get along better and reduce the fighting over screen time.”

Devorah Heitner, PhDAuthor of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive and Survive in Their Digital World

“If you want to ditch nagging and gain tools to work through conflicts about screen time, this resource is for you! The Technology Guidebook for Parents of Tweens and Teens is a stunning blend of research and practical wisdom to help parents navigate technology use in their homes. It unpacks parents’ common concerns and provides practical answers to keep kids safe, find more balance, and build a stronger relationship between parents and their children with them in the process.”

Michele Mitchell, Parenting Educator, Author, Speaker

"This guidebook is exactly what every parent raising tweens and teens needs. It has every detail about what to say, how to say it, and how to structure technology to set up your kids for success and avoid the daily conflict that technology often causes. The guide that we have all been waiting for has finally arrived!"

Dr. Sheryl Ziegler, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist and Author of Mommy Burnout


“This book is an exceptional tool in the arsenal of today’s parent on a complex and highly charged topic. Her practical wisdom, educational tips, and relationship-building strategies are powerful confidence boosters for parents yet surprisingly acceptable to teens. Sheryl Gould for the Win-Win!”

Dennis Trittin, CFA and Author of Parenting for the Launch and What I Wish I Knew at 18


“This is the guidebook parents have been waiting for! In The Technology Guidebook for Parents of Tweens and Teens, Sheryl Gould tackles a complex—and often overwhelming—aspect of parenting and breaks it all down into manageable pieces. As a parenting expert (who is a parent herself), she understands the questions, concerns, and fears parents have around teens and their use of technology. Through practical advice and smart strategies, Gould equips parents to help their kids navigate the digital world. Her approach is positive and empowering, all while prioritizing the parent-teen relationship. This is a must-read for parents!’

Becky Baudouin, Speaker, and Author of Enjoy Every Minute and Other Ridiculous Things We Say to Moms


‘Sheryl Gould is a trusty navigator into the world of teen/tween culture and technology. She gives us an inside look at what our kids are facing and how they think, so we can parent from a place of wisdom rather than fear. I so appreciate her insight and encouragement to those of us who are in the throes of monitoring screen time and social media. This book is a must for every parent's toolbox.”

Becky Kopitzke, Author of The Cranky Mom Fix: How to Get a Happier, More Peaceful Home by Slaying the "Momster" in All of Us

“I parented my five children (now grown) in a time when ‘tech’ as we know it now was just coming onto the scene. How I wish my husband and I had had this insightful and practical book to guide us! It’s full of wisdom, information, and practical how-tos to initiate screentime guidelines for your family, help keep your kids safe online, and strengthen (not strain) your relationship with them in the process. I highly recommend this for parents, grandparents, and teachers—anyone whose life includes a tween or teen!”

Arlyn Lawrence, Author of Parenting for the Launch and Prayer-Saturated Kids


"Technology might be the most significant battlefield we face as parents when raising children in popular culture today. Thankfully, Sheryl Gould has written this guidebook to help moms and dads proactively lead their children regarding screen use. As a mom of six, I appreciated how Sheryl walked us through setting our family tech rules around our core values. Her book also contains helpful questions, tips, tools, and resources and is a must-read for all parents of tweens and teens.”

Amy Carney, Author of Parent on Purpose


“SOS! is the guidebook parents need to change the way they are helping their tweens and teens manage technology. This is the first generation of kids to be Web-enabled at every juncture, and it’s been challenging for parents to find the balance. I don’t know a mom or dad that isn’t exasperated with their teen’s screentime and isn’t searching for a way to reduce the tension over tech use. I love that this book doesn’t solely focus on getting children off devices but encourages parents to have important conversations about technology in general. We have to do more than just simply telling adolescents to put their phone down, and fortunately, Sheryl gives us the tools to keep our kids safe, teach them an important life skill, and build a stronger relationship.”

Whitney Fleming, Author, and Founder of “Playdates on Fridays”

what parents are saying

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Marella O’Neil

“My kid's iPad time scared me. They spent so much time on it! This book has been a lifesaver for me and helped me to regain my sanity in my home. I highly recommend this book. Sheryl shares how to set limits that work, how to be proactive and less reactive, and set limits that work. Sheryl approaches the book in such a great way that you can build a stronger relationship with your kids where they actually want to talk to you and are on board with setting boundaries. I highly recommend you get this book!”

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Anita M.

“As a mother of a teen and a trainer on Emotional Intelligence strategies for moms, dads, teens and even tweens, this book exemplifies the easy routes to technological PEACE!! When you don't know, you don't know. Sheryl's book is the ONE you want to read if you want to be IN THE KNOW so you, yourself, can operate better on your own, with your children and as a family. I truly recommend this guidebook as your go-to for today's parents and beyond! Sheryl, thank you for all you've shared! Incredibly helpful!”

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Jenny S.

“Sheryl has a way of explaining things like you are sitting there having a conversation. Her insight into what is really happening with our kids and technology is invaluable. As a mom of teens, I worry about their lives on gaming and social media. Sheryl helped me understand the role it was playing in a way that made sense.

Not only did this book give me the information I needed to have really important discussions with my teens without yelling, but it also helped me listen when my teens were talking. Sheryl's way of explaining things is so easy to understand and there are even scripts so you don't have to look up pages or write notes down! I highly recommend this book to anyone who has kids!”

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Mom of Twins

“I have 3 teenagers and social media is basically their life. And honestly, it's hard for me to understand, so I didn't even know where to start when it came to talking to them about it. This book gave me the guidance I needed to be able to sit down with my girls and have a real discussion. Not only did it help me understand why social media was so important to them it also helped me explain to them what my concerns were and why we needed to have limits. And it was amazing, they actually listened and we didn't have to argue about it! If you want to be able to have a peaceful talk about a charged subject, get this book.”

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“I loved the conversational tone and practical, proactive wisdom in this book to be super helpful. As a mom of five kids, the approach Sheryl takes is one where it provided me with a perspective of understanding where my kids are coming from and the world that they live in. I liked the questions that she shares to build self-awareness in our kids and to set limits that they are not able to set for themselves as well as making it safe for my kids to come and talk to me about something that they need help dealing with. I highly recommend this book!”

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Carrie F.

“The author's easy-going style makes reading this book like talking to a friend. She presents many situations that parents encounter daily with their children and walks the reader through the steps that will lead a satisfactory outcome for all. Sheryl's emphasis on engaging your child in creating and setting limits really hit home. I also found her discussion on the importance of following through with consequences to be very helpful. This book is invaluable for any parent raising kids in today's technology-prevalent world!”

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