To Catch a Predator: Protecting Your Kids from Online Enemies Already in Your Home

To Catch a Predator: Protecting Your Kids from Online Enemies Already in Your Home

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by Chris Hansen
     
 

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An urgently needed primer on how to protect kids from the increasing threat of online predators 

Over 40 million Americans have seen Dateline’s ongoing popular series To Catch a Predator, which has caught over two hundred potential child predators. While the show exposed this epidemic, Chris Hansen’s book, 

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An urgently needed primer on how to protect kids from the increasing threat of online predators 

Over 40 million Americans have seen Dateline’s ongoing popular series To Catch a Predator, which has caught over two hundred potential child predators. While the show exposed this epidemic, Chris Hansen’s book, To Catch a Predator, shares the true stories of families who have been targeted by predators, revealing the tactics predators use to manipulate their victims and why even cautious families can be vulnerable to their attacks. He also offers suggestions from police officers, therapists, and child predators on the best approaches for preventing these crimes. Most critically, he provides parents with concrete steps they can take to protect their kids today, including how to initiate meaningful conversations with their children. To Catch a Predator teaches parents and children what they need to know before the next predator strikes.

Editorial Reviews

If you watch Dateline, you probably know the "To Catch a Predator" setup. To Catch a Predator the book recounts the preparation and aftermath of the harrowing encounters presented on the show, but it also situates the parent/reader in the story, by explaining how online predators burrow into your children's lives. A must-read for any parent who cares.
From the Publisher
"Listeners will swear that narrator Todd McLaren sounds exactly like show host Stone Phillips, deep and articulate." —AudioFile

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101213674
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/15/2007
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
326 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Listeners will swear that narrator Todd McLaren sounds exactly like show host Stone Phillips, deep and articulate." —-AudioFile

Meet the Author

Chris Hansen is a journalist and correspondent who is best known for his work on the Dateline NBC television segment "To Catch a Predator," which revolves around catching Internet sex predators using a sting operation. He lives in Connecticut. Todd McLaren was involved in radio for more than twenty years in cities on both coasts, including Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. He left broadcasting for a full-time career in voice-overs, where he has been heard on more than 5,000 TV and radio commercials, as well as TV promos; narrations for documentaries on such networks as A&E, Discovery, and the History Channel; and films, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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To Catch a Predator: Protecting Your Kids from Online Enemies Already in Your Home 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
hawkinspaul00 More than 1 year ago
Overall, Chris Hansen completed an exceptional work of literature for entertainment and enlightenment. It gives formal advice and power to parents. Whether someone has children, is planning, or is interested in a respectable read about online predators, then this book will suffice. If anything else, the author has given parents hope. It is a hope that future generations will continue to grow and educate one another so that we can live in a society where people are more accepting, empathetic, sympathetic, and willing to help those around us. Chris Hansen has showed us, without loads of empirical data, or scientific research, that the problems around us are very real, and in our homes, without anyone stepping a foot inside. The beginning starts in our minds and our homes. Communication is the key that will open the door.
Busy__Mom More than 1 year ago
Internet safety is a huge concern for me now that I have 3 teens, so when I saw that ParentsDigest carried a summarized version of this book, it was a no-brainer, I bought it. I remember the Dateline story, and this book was not just a companion, but a more in-depth look at the online predator, and how to protect your children from them.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
More than just a rundown of the TO CATCH A PREDATOR Dateline NBC series (although it does do that), this book also contains heartbreaking stories of children who have been exploited -- and in some cases murdered -- by predators they met on the Internet.

Chris Hansen does a great job of illustrating the fact that the computer and the Internet, as a whole, are useful tools that even younger children can take advantage of. But his tips and hints for protecting your children from online predators are something that EVERY parent needs to read -- and then share with their kids.

While I tried to avoid scaring my two children (ages 10 and 6), I have sat them down and discussed the dangers that can be found on the Internet. Just as predators in real life don't always look like what they are, I think my kids now understand that people they could meet online aren't necessarily who they claim to be, either.

I highly recommend all parents, especially those of teens and pre-teens, who have a computer pick up a copy of TO CATCH A PREDATOR. You'll be amazed, frightened, and instilled with a sense of urgency when it comes to the protection of your kids.
mike-v More than 1 year ago
Much like the popular Dateline series, sheds a light on the mostly dark world of sexual predators on the internet. Don't expect a rehash of the titillating television drama here--instead, Hansen intersperses stories from the show with advice and true stories of victims and their families. Not great, but good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very informative for parents. There are great resources referenced. Good information on the impact of predators on spouse, children, parents, etc.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very compelling and informative!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As Chris Hansen has shown time and time again on To Catch A Predator, child predators will go to any length to meet up with a kid. If you love the show, then you will read every page of the book. I recommend this book to any parent with children or anyone that has interests in cybercrimes or the stories on TCAP.