Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn To Use the Internet Safely and Responsibly

Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn To Use the Internet Safely and Responsibly

by Nancy E. Willard
     
 

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Essential strategies to keep children and teens safe online

As our children and teens race down the onramp to the Information Superhighway, many parents feel left behind in the dust. News stories about online sexual predators, child pornography, cyberbullies, hate groups, gaming addiction, and other dangers that lurk in the online world make us feel

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Essential strategies to keep children and teens safe online

As our children and teens race down the onramp to the Information Superhighway, many parents feel left behind in the dust. News stories about online sexual predators, child pornography, cyberbullies, hate groups, gaming addiction, and other dangers that lurk in the online world make us feel increasingly concerned about what our children are doing (and with whom) in cyberspace. In Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens, Internet safety expert Nancy Willard provides you with need-to-know information about those online dangers, and she gives you the practical parenting strategies necessary to help children and teens learn to use the Internet safely and responsibly.

Parents protect younger children by keeping them in safe places, teaching them simple safety rules, and paying close attention. As children grow, we help them gain the knowledge, skills, and values to make good choices—choices that will keep them safe and show respect for the rights of others. In Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens, Willard shows you how those same strategies can be translated from the real world to the cyberworld, and that you don't have to learn advanced computer skills to put them into effect. As you work on these strategies with your child, you will also discover that remaining engaged with what your children are doing online is much more valuable than any blocking software you could buy.

"Willard blends the perspectives of a wise parent and a serious scholar about issues related to Internet behavior and safety. . . . Pick up the book, open it to any random page, and you will find on that page or nearby a wealth of helpful advice and useful commentary on the cyberreality facing our children and on how to deal with any of the issues she's identified."
—Dick Thornburgh, J.D., former U.S. Attorney General; chair, National Academy of Sciences Committee on Youth Pornography and the Internet

"Simply put, this book is a must-read for anyone—parents, educators, law enforcement, and policymakers alike—concerned with the critical issue of children's internet safety and what to do about it."
—Douglas Levin, senior director of education policy, Cable in the Classroom

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Children's Literature - Ginny Sautner
The Internet provides its users with virtually unlimited access to information and communication opportunities. Concerned parents rightly find themselves in a precarious position: the appropriate use of the World Wide Web will be necessary in their children's' lives, yet the potential for inappropriate uses are lurking around every corner. Within this informative text, parents have the chance to learn how to be critical consumers of the Internet and how to effectively guard their children against would-be pitfalls. Discerning parents can discover strategies for safeguarding their children at every age, from eight and under, through eighteen and over. At each level, different issues are addressed, from cyber bullying and unsafe communication, to gaming, to spam and scams. By providing real life examples and statistics that bring the realities of Internet dangers to life, parents are taught to become confident in setting regulations for their children when it comes to using the Web. Yet the real value of this text comes from the specific suggestions and ideas offered to prevent intentional or unintentional access to explicit online content. While the premise of the text is to safeguard children against the dangers found online, the author encourages parents not to see the Internet as a negative, reminding us that the Internet opens up a world of possibilities that can remain positive if monitored correctly. Arming parents with the information they need to be more Internet savvy than their teens, this book is a must read for concerned parents. Reviewer: Ginny Sautner

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780787994174
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/16/2007
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
726,256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.11(h) x 0.87(d)

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"Willard blends the perspectives of a wise parent and a seriousscholar about issues related to Internet behavior and safety. . . .Pick up the book, open it to any random page, and you will find onthat page or nearby a wealth of helpful advice and usefulcommentary on the cyberreality facing our children and on how todeal with any of the issues she's identified."
—Dick Thornburgh, J.D., former U.S. Attorney General; chair,National Academy of Sciences Committee on Youth Pornography and theInternet

"Simply put, this book is a must-read for anyone—parents,educators, law enforcement, and policymakers alike—concernedwith the critical issue of children's internet safety and what todo about it."
—Douglas Levin, senior director of education policy, Cable inthe Classroom

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