Janell Burley Hofmann on iRules | Tantorious

Tantorious is a monthly podcast series featuring interviews with well-known authors, hosted by Allan Hoving and presented by Tantor Audio.


Janell Burley Hofmann is a parent coach and mother of five who writes about parenting and technology for the Huffington Post and has a weekly spot on NPR’s American Public Media Marketplace as a tech etiquette consultant. Her book, iRULES: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up, is a funny, accessible guide with tips for raising happy, well-adjusted children in a technological age.



Excerpts from the audio interview:

Q: Where did the idea for this book originate?

A: Last Christmas, my husband and I decided to get our then-thirteen year old son his very own iPhone. I wanted to be very mindful of how I managed and parented the technology, so I wrote him an 18-point contract of how I expected him to behave. Then I shared it on the Huffington Post, and from there it went viral, starting this massive conversation.

Q: Do you have any rules about what age kids should be allowed on Facebook or Twitter?

A: There is no right age. Just stick with your parenting instincts (that are different for all of us), and come from a place of “I want you to have success with the technology.” I encourage parents to trust themselves — and when in doubt, delay it. It’s important to take our time.

Listen to a sample of the Tantor audiobook edition of iRules, narrated by Carrington MacDuffie.

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