The Web and Parents: Are You Tech Savvy?

Overview

For parents who want to raise their comfort level with today's Web capabilities, for those who want to enhance their children's Internet usage in and out of school, and for those who want to be prepared for potential dark alleys in the online world, The Web and Parents: Are You Tech Savvy? is a welcome new resource.

Don't know a blog from a Wiki? MySpace from Facebook? An RSS feed from an instant message? The Web and Parents provides a brief introduction to these and other ...

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Overview

For parents who want to raise their comfort level with today's Web capabilities, for those who want to enhance their children's Internet usage in and out of school, and for those who want to be prepared for potential dark alleys in the online world, The Web and Parents: Are You Tech Savvy? is a welcome new resource.

Don't know a blog from a Wiki? MySpace from Facebook? An RSS feed from an instant message? The Web and Parents provides a brief introduction to these and other aspects of Web 2.0, including podcasts, forums, graphic generators, photo storage and file-sharing sites, and more. Parents will get a sense of what each tool or resource does, how they themselves might use them—lots of grownups do, really—and the role each plays in current K-12 education and in the lives of school-age children. With this crash course on today's Internet, the Web becomes a place where families come together, not drift apart.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Written in plain language accessible to all parents, this introduction to Web 2.0 tools will help parents understand how their children are using the Internet in school and in their social lives, and prepare parents to make the most of their children's Internet usage while remaining safe from potential online dangers."

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SciTech Book News

"Written in a simple manner to assist the newcomer to the technology, enough material is presented to entice the experienced user to read the work as well."

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ARBAonline

"This resource will serve certain populations well. . ."

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VOYA

"If you're looking for a how-to guide on using Internet technologies, such as blogging and social networking, this may be what you need."

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Library Media Connection

"…I appreciate the author's emphasis on the fact that just because you find something on the Internet, it does not mean that it is not copyrighted. The back of the book has a list of lesson plans for instructing others that correspond with each chapter."

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Young Adult Library Services

VOYA - Molly Krichten
This awkward, oversized paperback uses inconsistent but always large print and graphics and seems more geared toward older adults than parents of children and teens. The book's goal is to introduce parents to Internet tools and resources and enable them to use the Internet alongside their children, while steering them clear of danger and misinformation. Each chapter—covering topics from wikis and blogs to RSS feeds and beyond—starts with a glossary of terms used in the chapter. The book, while explicitly geared toward parents, does not always seem to relate the concepts back to parenting or teaching. The author assumes that all parents feel that their children know more about computers than they do and that this book is supposed to be a primer to enable parents to "keep up" with their kids. This resource will serve certain populations well, but it will probably be best used as a reference tool for those interested in specific topics, such as Web-based photo management. The cumbersome presentation does not make it enjoyable to read but does make it a possible recommendation to those with visual limitations. The book is not without value, but with its cumbersome presentation and high cover price, collection development librarians will definitely want to comparison shop. Reviewer: Molly Krichten
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591587958
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/23/2009
  • Pages: 237
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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