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Cybersafe : Protecting and Empowering Kids in the Digital World of Texting, Gaming, and Social Media - Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe


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

Paperback Published: 1st October 2010
ISBN: 9781581104523
Number Of Pages: 335

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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, 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.

Industry Reviews

"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

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Parents, Start Your Digital Engines!p. xv
The Internet Unplugged
Old Versus New Mediap. 3
The World of Googlep. 9
An Internet Tourp. 19
Calling Dr Googlep. 25
The Tangled Web We Weavep. 35
Internet Safety: Myths Versus Realityp. 41
The Teen/Tween-O-Sphere Uncensored
Snapshot of Daily Life
Screen Time and Childhoodp. 51
Digital Life: Real Kids, Real Families, Real Issuesp. 63
The Parent-O-Sphere: The Digital Dividep. 75
How and When Kids Get Onlinep. 85
Understanding Tweens and Teensp. 95
Online Technologies
The Internet and Web 2.0p. 107
Instant Communication Primerp. 113
Social Networkingp. 123
Twitter 101p. 143
How Digital Kids Share, Think, and Organizep. 153
Safety Is a State of Mind
The Digital Footprintp. 169
Internet Safety Toolsp. 179
Online Gaming and Virtual Worldsp. 211
The Risks of New Media Culturep. 225
Online Parent Trapsp. 241
Conclusion: We Live in One World-Let's Parent That Way!p. 251
Glossary and Cyber-Dictionaryp. 259
Digital Media Use Pyramidsp. 285
Social Media Use Tablep. 289
Teen Use and Abuse of Today's Web 2.0 Technologiesp. 291
Risk Tablep. 295
American Academy of Pediatrics Talking to Kids and Teens About Social Media and Sextingp. 297
Dr Gwenn's Media Time Family Pledgep. 303
The Safe-Surfing Contract: My Agreement About Using the Internetp. 305
Family Internet Safety Gameplanp. 307
Resourcesp. 309
Indexp. 321
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ISBN: 9781581104523
ISBN-10: 1581104529
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 335
Published: 1st October 2010
Publisher: American Academy of Pediatrics
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48