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.
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"To keep our children safe in the world in which they live, we must understand that world! O’Keeffe’s book is a must‑read for every parent who cares!"—Nancy Grace, Anchor, CNN HLN
"The facts of modern life now include social media, cyberbullying, texting, and constant electronic connections. Dr Gwenn makes the call on what parents need to know to help their kids navigate the wired (and wireless) world we now live in. CyberSafe, Savvy, and Sound is an invaluable guide for me at home as a mom and at the office as a pediatrician. It should be on everyone’s bookshelf!"—Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP, coauthor of the award-winning books Heading Home With Your Newborn: From Birth to Reality and Food Fights: Winning the Nutritional Challenges of Parenthood Armed With Insight, Humor, and a Bottle of Ketchup; medical editor, HealthyChildren.org; medical expert on CNNhealth.com; and editor in chief, Baby & Child Health: The Essential Guide From Birth to 11 Years
"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 to be confident and guide your children to Internet safety."—Marian Merritt, Norton Internet Safety Advocate, Symantec Corporation
"Kids, technology, and hormones. A heady mixture! Good thing we have Dr Gwenn to help us navigate this challenging yet ultimately rewarding digital landscape."—Stephen Balkam, CEO, Family Online Safety Institute
"Dr Gwenn combines common sense with quality research to help parents delve into the murky (and, for some parents, intimidating) area of kids and technology. If your child has—or is about to get—a cell phone and/or Internet access, read this book for the download on all things technology before it’s too late."—Jen Singer, author, Stop Second-Guessing Yourself guides to parenting, and editor in chief, MommaSaid.net
"CyberSafe, Savvy, and Sound: Effective Parenting in a Digital World is an eye-opening guide for parents who want to learn how to best navigate the digital world. Whether you’re preparing for your toddler’s television journey or trying to keep up with your texting teen, Dr Gwenn O’Keeffe explains clearly and effectively how you and your family can surf, survive, and live in harmony on the Internet and beyond."—Tanya Remer Altmann, MD, FAAP, mother of 2 boys, pediatrician, parenting expert, and author, Mommy Calls: Dr. Tanya Answers Parents’ Top 101 Questions About Babies and Toddlers
"Dr Gwenn allows parent readers to not only truly understand what is going on in a teen’s digital world, but also how to communicate with youth about it. Her use of personal stories, facts, and conversation starters make broaching this topic with kids infinitely easier and more relevant. I particularly loved the sample e-mails and colorful examples for parents. Every parent must buy this book!"—Vanessa Van Petten, Youthologist and teen author for Radicalparenting.com
"In today and tomorrow’s digital world, becoming cyber-aware and understanding why and how to teach cyber-safety with your children is an essential skill. Dr Gwenn’s book is a necessary read and a great start!"—Donald Shifrin, MD, FAAP, former Chair, American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Communications and Media
"Dr Gwenn understands that what parents need is not more scary Internet safety stories but factual information and support. She helps them learn the digital basics from cell phones to social media to virtual worlds and then shows them what to do with that knowledge. It’s about time someone encourages parenting over panic!"—Christy Matte, Family Computing Guide, About.com
"As a longtime blogger and social media user, I often think I know all there is to know about digital parenting. However, Dr Gwenn’s book, part etiquette and parenting manual and part how-to guide to Web 2.0, opened my eyes to what I might’ve otherwise ignored as my daughter grows up digital."—Rita Arens, Editor, Sleep Is for the Weak: The Best of the Mommybloggers Including Amalah, Finslippy, Fussy, Woulda Coulda Shoulda, Mom-101, and More!
"In a world with a true digital divide, where parents and kids speak a completely different cyber-language, Dr Gwenn has begun to close that gap! Parents can use this resource as their entrée into the cyber-world. [It] allows parents to carry on the conversations they need to keep close to their kids at a time when their kids need it most and don’t know they do."—Joel D. Haber, PhD, “The Bully Coach”; author, Bullyproof Your Child for Life: Protect Your Child from Teasing, Taunting, and Bullying for Good; and owner and principal of RespectU, LLC.