Social Media, Facebook, and Kids

The Parent’s Guide to Texting, Facebook, and Social Media: Understanding the Benefits and Dangers of Parenting in a Digital World by Shawn Marie Edgington

Yesterday on our Facebook page we asked if job seekers should allow parents to see their Facebook profile on nanny web sites and we posted an article listing 10 things to never include in your nanny website profile including allowing people you don’t know to view your Facebook profile.

For our Weekly Trip to the Library, today we recommend reading The Parent’s Guide to Texting, Facebook, and Social Media: Understanding the Benefits and Dangers of Parenting in a Digital Worldby Shawn Marie Edgington to learn how to protect children from the dangers of social media and mobile networking.

It’s already happened to 11- and 12-year-old boys I know — they have received threatening text messages from other kids, received inappropriate photos of women on their cell phones, and seen suggestive images of women undressing online.

We all know there are dangers online for kids but do we really understand how to protect them? Not allowing them to access the Internet, text their friends, or eventually have a Facebook account isn’t really practical or possible. Eventually, all children will need to use modern technology, or they won’t reap the many benefits of modern technology.

That’s why I recommend nannies, au pairs, and parents read The Parent’s Guide to Texting, Facebook, and Social Media: Understanding the Benefits and Dangers of Parenting in a Digital World

According to current studies, about half of young people have experienced some form of online harassment. Today’s youth are falling victim to the dangers of social and mobile networking, and textual harassment, cyberbullying, sexting, and online predators have become national epidemics.

The Parent’s Guide provides awareness, solutions, and preventative resources to keep kids safe and secure online. With defensive parenting and constant communication, you can instruct kids about the potential dangers of social networking, empower them to protect themselves from online predators, guard their individualized information, and preserve their online reputation.

The Parent’s Guide shares the fundamentals of mobile messaging, Facebook, and other social media platforms; information you need about privacy and security settings; and measures to defend against  cyberbullies.

Shawn Edgington makes us face facts: we may be earning “A” grades as traditional parents, but getting failing grades as “technology” parents of our grade school and high school children.

Fortunately, she doesn’t just shock us with horror stories, but truly illuminates the Internet’s dark shadows. She equips us to understand the key technologies, to appreciate technology’s all-encompassing role in our children’s lives and to protect our children from lurking cyberbullies, predators and “frenemies.”

If you wonder whether you need this book, do you know the answers to all of the following questions:

1. What are the early warning signs of textual harassment?
2. Do you know how to use the ignore/block/report function on the child’s cell phone?
3. What does the  school’s crisis management plan provide about text messaging?
4. Why should you be worried if the child’s Facebook “friends” list is very long?
5. What is SafetyWeb and how can it help you as a parent?
6. Why is “checking in” so dangerous for your child?

Shawn Edgington empowers you to keep children safe and secure in the wild world of technology.

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