Facebook founder's sister writes children's book - but is it a veiled criticism of brother Mark Zuckerberg's social network?

By Ashley Collman

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Remember this Mark Zuckerberg - no matter how successful you get, big sis will always be right.

Randi Zuckerberg, the older sister of Facebook's founder, recently announced her plans to release children's book 'Dot' about a girl by the same name who needs to learn how to live offline.

Ms Zuckerberg worked at Facebook in it's early years, acting as the director of market development and spokesman for the social network. So it seems strange that she would take such a decidedly critical take on a culture that she helped create. 

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Meet Dot: Randi Zuckerberg, older sister of Facebook founder Mark, has written a children's book about a girl named Dot who needs to learn how to live without technology

Meet Dot: Randi Zuckerberg, older sister of Facebook founder Mark, has written a children's book about a girl named Dot who needs to learn how to live without technology

Working together: Ms Zuckerberg (left) worked at her little brother Mark's (right) company in it's early years, serving as the director of market development and spokesman for Facebook
Working together: Ms Zuckerberg (left) worked at her little brother Mark's (right) company in it's early years, serving as the director of market development and spokesman for Facebook

Working together: Ms Zuckerberg (left) worked at her little brother Mark's (right) company in it's early years, serving as the director of market development and spokesman for Facebook

 

 Ms Zuckerberg says she came up with the book after talking with other parents who were worried about the affect new technology is having on the quality of their children's lives.

 

'Dot loves technology. A LOT,' explains Ms Zuckerberg on her blog. 'She's obsessed with her devices (sound familiar?), but with a little push, she's reminded that life's a little bit richer when you look up from a screen.'

Attached: Like many girl her age, Dot loves technology - especially her tablet

Attached: Like many girl her age, Dot loves technology - especially her tablet

Time to play: When Dot's tablet is taken away, she's left to discover the world around her offline
Time to play: When Dot's tablet is taken away, she's left to discover the world around her offline

Time to play: When Dot's tablet is taken away, she's challenged to find other ways to have fun

Recharged: But Dot soon finds other activities - like painting and playing with her dog - that entertain her just as much

Recharged: But Dot soon finds other activities - like painting and playing with her dog - that entertain her just as much

This is a topic close to home for Ms Zuckerberg, who has a toddler of her own, son Asher, with husband Brent Tworetzky.

'As I watch my two-year-old begin to discover technology, I feel certain that this is an important message to share with a younger audience,' she said.

Dot will will be released on November 5. Ms Zuckerberg will also be releasing another book on the same day titled 'Dot Complicated' which is aimed at helping an older audience understand 'how technology and social media influence our lives online and off'.


 

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Sibling rivalry at its best.

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bet it'll be in the App Store tho -_-

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It's actually a protest against FFM (female forehead mutilation) as practiced by some Indians.

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Call me a cynic, but this seems like a hedge bet against self-accountability i.e. I'm not responsible for the antisocial behavior of a new generation. I made a warning book for children telling them to be wary of what I helped create.

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My four year old granddaughter is better at electrinic games than I am, but she hasn't built her own computer yet.

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Mandated reading for all parents of children with screen-addiction.

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Randi? Really. I hope she knows what her name means in Hindi

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It's a bad enough meaning in English!

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they both suck

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I'd read it to my kids! Ulterior motive or not, this is a book that is raising appropriate concerns and lessons for the times we're living in.

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Sage advice! I have my first Grandchild on the way, and Grandma is going to have a lot to say about electronic devices verses going outside to play!

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Sorry Grandma but it is Devices Versus going out to play. Verses relate to phrases in a poem or the Bible.

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