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 - Family & Relationships - 324 pages
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Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens

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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Contents

Guidelines
15
Parenting Styles
27
Technology
33
Collaborating
47
Use of the Internet at Other Places
57
ParentTeen Internet
63
Online Social Networking
69
ECommerce
77
and Social Aggression
205
SelfHarm Communities
219
Hate Groups Gangs
227
Material
235
Online Gaming
241
Online Gambling
249
Hacking and Computer Crimes
255
Plagiarism
261

Privacy Protection Strategies
91
Internet Addictive Behavior
103
The Importance
113
Online Stranger
119
Influences on Online Decision Making
129
How Technology
135
Social Influence
143
Specific Risks and Concerns
173
Protection Against Malware
275
Unsolicited
281
Beneficial Activities Online
295
The Cyberspace World
301
Notes
311
Index
317
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About the author (2007)

Nancy E. Willard, M.S., J.D. is an educator, lawyer, educational technology consultant, and mom. She has focused on issues of youth risk online for over a decade and frequently speaks on the subject to educators, librarians, and other concerned groups. She is also the author of Cyberbullying and Cyberthreats.

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