The Book

Screens are everywhere. Children spend an average of 7.5 hours on digital devices every day with profoundly negative consequences. While some tech may “amplify” real-life experiences, the vast majority undermines it by limiting physical activity, creating anxiety, or damaging self-esteem. Childhood Unplugged takes a bold approach to creating healthy boundaries around the use of digital media.

Described as “mandatory reading for all parents” and “the rallying cry we have been waiting for,” Childhood Unplugged has been well received since its publication in July 2023. With appearances on CBC The National, CBC Radio, and numerous podcasts, as well as op-eds in the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star, among other publications, Katherine’s message of digital minimalism has hit a nerve with readers around the world. The book educates, empowers, and equips parents and guardians with the tools they need to take a stand against the digital deluge that threatens to overwhelm kids’ lives.

You can get a copy wherever books are sold. Order from your favourite independent bookstore, or get it online from New Society Publishers, Bookshop, Barnes & Noble, Indigo, or Amazon. Available as an e-book, audiobook (narrated by the author), and PDF.

Translations in Vietnamese and Italian coming soon.


Loreena McKennittFounder, Stolen Child Project
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Katherine Martinko has written a treatise no parent should miss. How do we protect and enhance the humanity of our children in an age where they’ve been so recklessly bombarded with unfettered technology? This is a must-read book for parents in our time.
David SaxBestselling author, The Revenge of Analog and The Future is Analog
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The passionate, clear-eyed, and thoroughly practical guide every parent needs to fight the good fight against the excesses of digital today.
Michael HarrisAuthor, Solitude and The End of Absence
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It takes an enormous effort to show our kids the world beyond their screens, but Katherine Martinko teaches us how to get it done in this practical, em- pathetic, and fascinating new guide.
Dr. Mariana BrussoniProfessor, University of British Columbia | Director, Human Early Learning Partnership
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Martinko has written a must-read for parents struggling with screen time (all of us!). Her well-researched book shows the urgent need to free kids from screens and release them into the outdoors. She offers frazzled parents achievable practical advice rooted in the challenges of parenting today.