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What in the World Are Your Kids Doing Online?: How to Understand the Electronic World Your Children Live inby Barbara Melton and Susan Shankle
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Texting. Blogging. I.M.'ing. Technology that has become second nature to our children remains uncharted territory for many parents. What in the World Are Your Kids Doing Online? tells you everything you need to know to navigate the parenting issues technology raises, and arms you with the tools you need to protect your children.
This comprehensive, all-purpose guide shows you how to keep up with the latest in computer technology and the Internet; even if you’re a techno-illiterate.
You’ll also learn how to:
"'Educators Melton and Shankle offer a reasonable, nonalarmist guide for concerned parents in helping their kids navigate the wonders and perils of the cyberworld. The authors downplay the dangers of Internet predators (the statistics are actually low), while they emphasize the importance of establishing a healthy balance of virtual and real-time activities for growing kids. Cellphones, instant text messaging, online surfing (Web sites, chat rooms, blogs) and dating aren't going to go away, and the authors give a crash course in what children are bombarded with daily, in school and elsewhere. Establishing an honor system with kids is crucial: 'Keep the lines of communication open' is an often repeated dictum. The authors consider the cyberworld from the perspectives of both kids (establishing e-mail etiquette and coping with bullying, for example) and adults (inserting filters and monitors), but most helpful is the section on how intensive engagement with the cyberworld affects a child's development, from early youth to the teen years. The authors do sing the benefits of using the Internet for research and global communication, especially for special-needs kids; however, they convincingly stress moderation and firm parental involvement.' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
There are the physical dangers— the predators, the dates your child meets on MySpace, the sites that seduce your child into online gambling and illegal drug purchases. And then there are the emotional dangers— the lack of empathy, the superficial friendships, the radically shortened attention span, the high-tech cheating on tests and homework assignments. How can responsible parents in this electronic era protect their children’ s safety while helping them study, socialize, and date in healthy and productive ways?
All of the answers are in" What in the World Are Your Kids Doing Online?." The book also includes a chapter on special-needs children, revealing both the dangers and the promises of Internet use for kids with Asperger’ s, attention-deficit disorder, and other emotional and learning disorders.
Texting. Blogging. IMing. Technology that has become second nature to our children remains uncharted territory for many parents. What in the World Are Your Kids Doing Online? tells you everything you need to know to navigate the parenting issues technology raises, and arms you with the tools you need to protect your children.
This comprehensive, all-purpose guide shows you how to keep up with the latest in computer technology and the Internet—even if youre a techno-illiterate.
Youll also learn how to:
protect your child from cyber-bullies and sexual predators
monitor your childs online activity
recognize the danger signs in your childs use of chat rooms and socializing sites such as MySpace
decode the secret language of texting, instant messaging, e-mail, and chat rooms
keep your “Cyber-kid” healthy and fit
teach your child good on-line study skills
help your child build healthy friendships and dating relationships, both on- and off-line
gear your rules about the Internet to your childs age and developmental stage
know when to turn the computer off
Includes information on how the cyber world affects children with special needs, learning disorders, and emotional disorders.
A growing area of concern for responsible parents is how to protect their childrens safety in this electronic era while helping them study, socialize, and date in healthy and productive ways. Melton and Shankle offer advice and guidance for parents in their eye-opening new book.
About the Author
BARBARA MELTON, M.Ed., is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and supervisor in private practice; she regularly works with families with challenging kids, conducts workshops, and lectures on a variety of topics. Her practice is in Charleston, South Carolina. SUSAN SHANKLE, MSW, LISW-CP, is a licensed clinical social worker who focuses on the treatment of adolescents experiencing difficulty due to modern technology. She lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Both authors have been featured in MSNBC.com articles addressing adolescents, parenting challenges, and technology.
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