Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn To Use the Internet Safely and Responsibly

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 16, 2007 - Computers - 324 pages
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Essential strategies to keep children and teens safe online

As our children and teens race down the onramp to the Information Superhighway, many parents feel left behind in the dust. News stories about online sexual predators, child pornography, cyberbullies, hate groups, gaming addiction, and other dangers that lurk in the online world make us feel increasingly concerned about what our children are doing (and with whom) in cyberspace. In Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens, Internet safety expert Nancy Willard provides you with need-to-know information about those online dangers, and she gives you the practical parenting strategies necessary to help children and teens learn to use the Internet safely and responsibly.

Parents protect younger children by keeping them in safe places, teaching them simple safety rules, and paying close attention. As children grow, we help them gain the knowledge, skills, and values to make good choices—choices that will keep them safe and show respect for the rights of others. In Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens, Willard shows you how those same strategies can be translated from the real world to the cyberworld, and that you don't have to learn advanced computer skills to put them into effect. As you work on these strategies with your child, you will also discover that remaining engaged with what your children are doing online is much more valuable than any blocking software you could buy.

"Willard blends the perspectives of a wise parent and a serious scholar about issues related to Internet behavior and safety. . . . Pick up the book, open it to any random page, and you will find on that page or nearby a wealth of helpful advice and useful commentary on the cyberreality facing our children and on how to deal with any of the issues she's identified."
—Dick Thornburgh, J.D., former U.S. Attorney General; chair, National Academy of Sciences Committee on Youth Pornography and the Internet

"Simply put, this book is a must-read for anyone—parents, educators, law enforcement, and policymakers alike—concerned with the critical issue of children's internet safety and what to do about it."
—Douglas Levin, senior director of education policy, Cable in the Classroom

  

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About the author (2007)

Jonathan Blogh was awarded an MEng. degree with Distinction in Information Engineering from the University of Southampton, UK in 1997. In the same year he was also awarded the IEE Lord Lloyd of Kilgerran Memorial Prize for his interest in and commitment to mobile radio and RF engineering. Between 1997 and 2000 he conducted postgraduate research and in 2001 he earned a PhD in mobile communications at the University of Southampton, UK. His current areas of research include the networking aspects of FDD and TDD mode third generation mobile cellular networks. Currently he is with Radioscape, London, UK, working as a senior software engineer.

Lajos Hanzo (http://www–mobile.ecs.soton.ac.uk) received his degree in electronics in 1976 and his doctorate in 1983. During his 25–year career in telecommunications he has held various research and academic posts in Hungary, Germany and the UK. Since 1986 he has been with the Department of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, UK, where he holds the chair in telecommunications. He has co–authored eight books on mobile radio communications, published over 300 research papers, organised and chaired conference sessions, presented overview lectures and been awarded a number of distinctions. Currently he is managing an academic research team, working on a range of research projects in the field of wireless multimedia communications sponsored by industry, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) UK, the European IST Programme and the Mobile Virtual Centre of Excellence (VCE), UK. He is an enthusiastic supporter of industrial and academic liaison and he offers a range of industrial courses. He is also an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer. For further information on research in progress and associated publications please refer to http://www–mobile.ecs.soton.ac.uk

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