CyberSafe: Protecting and Empowering Kids in the Digital World of Texting, Gaming, and Social Media

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Children today are growing up in a world far different from the one in which their parents were raised. Between the Internet, gaming systems, mp3 players, and cell phones, today's kids are nearly always connected to something digital. And, because it's developing so fast, it's hard for parents to stay on top of the technology?and even harder to figure out how to help their kids make good decisions when it comes to these things. This informative book will guide parents through the landscape of the digital world, ...

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Overview

Children today are growing up in a world far different from the one in which their parents were raised. Between the Internet, gaming systems, mp3 players, and cell phones, today's kids are nearly always connected to something digital. And, because it's developing so fast, it's hard for parents to stay on top of the technology—and even harder to figure out how to help their kids make good decisions when it comes to these things. This informative book will guide parents through the landscape of the digital world, helping them better understand things like:
• The history and the future of the Internet
• Cyberbullying (and how to help kids deal with it if it happens to them)
• Social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace
• Gaming and virtual worlds
• Parental control systems that allow parents to monitor kids' online activities
• Digital footprints (and how kids can make sure theirs is a good one) Beyond informing readers on the latest trends in technology, Dr. Gwenn gives provides the tools parents need to help their child navigate the digital world with insight and intelligence. Because, let's face it, just because kids may be more technologically savvy than their parents doesn't mean they have the wisdom and understanding to make good decisions with the media they're using. In addition to helping parents understand the digital world so they can help their children thrive in it, the book also includes tips to help the whole family discover the joy of the unplugged world that is still going on around them.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Online safety is still a basic parenting issue, even if our kids are the 'digital natives.' Dr. O'Keeffe's entertaining and wise insights on the internet, kids, and their changing interests will help you be confident and guide your children to internet safety."  —Marian Merritt, Norton Internet Safety Advocate, Symantec Corporation

"After taking her practice to the Internet in 2005, pediatrician Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe realized the issue of parenting kids on the Web was fast becoming a recurring topic of interest among her clients and friends. . . . As a result of her research, Dr. O'Keeffe penned the book Cyber Safe . . . with much influence from her own dealings as the mother of two teenage daughters." —www.people.com

Children's Literature - Kimberly Hutmacher
This guide, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is a must-have for all parents raising children in this new age of social media. Chapter topics include how to help children deal with cyberbullying as well as introductions and explanations of the various aspects of Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and gaming and virtual worlds. O'Keefe gives parents the words to talk with their children regarding the risks associated with the Internet and what's appropriate and not appropriate to share on social media. Readers will find her explanations of parental control systems to be especially helpful as well as the cyber dictionary she includes to help parents decode their children's cyber lingo. These days, it is not uncommon for children to be more technologically advanced than their parents. The problem is that most children are not equipped with the maturity and understanding to make wise decisions with the technologies they are using. That is where this comprehensive and helpful guide for parents comes into play. Reviewer: Kimberly Hutmacher
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581104523
  • Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 523,127
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe, MD, FAAP, is a practicing pediatrician, health journalist, and CEO of Pediatrics Now, an online health and communications company. Through www.pediatricsnow.com and the nationally syndicated blog www.drgwennisin.com, she addresses issues ranging from general health to those concerning the intersection of health care and social media. She is a fellow and national spokeswoman of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and an executive committee member of the AAP’s Council of Communications and Media and was the lead author of the council’s social media and sexting tips. She lives in Boston.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: Parents, Start Your Digital Engines! xv

Part 1 The Internet Unplugged

Chapter 1 Old Versus New Media 3

Chapter 2 The World of Google 9

Chapter 3 An Internet Tour 19

Chapter 4 Calling Dr Google 25

Chapter 5 The Tangled Web We Weave 35

Chapter 6 Internet Safety: Myths Versus Reality 41

Part 2 The Teen/Tween-O-Sphere Uncensored

Section 1 Snapshot of Daily Life

Chapter 7 Screen Time and Childhood 51

Chapter 8 Digital Life: Real Kids, Real Families, Real Issues 63

Chapter 9 The Parent-O-Sphere: The Digital Divide 75

Chapter 10 How and When Kids Get Online 85

Chapter 11 Understanding Tweens and Teens 95

Section 2 Online Technologies

Chapter 12 The Internet and Web 2.0 107

Chapter 13 Instant Communication Primer 113

Chapter 14 Social Networking 123

Chapter 15 Twitter 101 143

Chapter 16 How Digital Kids Share, Think, and Organize 153

Part 3 Safety Is a State of Mind

Chapter 17 The Digital Footprint 169

Chapter 18 Internet Safety Tools 179

Chapter 19 Online Gaming and Virtual Worlds 211

Chapter 20 The Risks of New Media Culture 225

Chapter 21 Online Parent Traps 241

Conclusion: We Live in One World-Let's Parent That Way! 251

Appendixes

A Glossary and Cyber-Dictionary 259

B Digital Media Use Pyramids 285

C Social Media Use Table 289

D Teen Use and Abuse of Today's Web 2.0 Technologies 291

E Risk Table 295

F American Academy of Pediatrics Talking to Kids and Teens About Social Media and Sexting 297

G Dr Gwenn's Media Time Family Pledge 303

H The Safe-Surfing Contract: My Agreement About Using the Internet 305

I Family Internet Safety Gameplan 307

J Resources 309

Index 321

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