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Cybertraps for the Young

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“Lane has a gift: the ability to explain complex matters so non-lawyers can comprehend the important nuances. Cybertraps for the Young should be standard issue for parents of all ages.”  —Mike Brunker, projects editor,

“Lane has kept apace with youths’ interest in the next new thing and is clearly attuned to how our imagined sense of privacy is an illusion, and even more so for our children.”  —Sharon Lamb, chair and professor of mental health, University of Massachusetts

“Evolutions in technology have reshaped the landscape of parenting and educating in the 21st century. Parents must take affirmative steps to adequately provide children with support and monitoring necessary to support healthy, responsible use of these technologies.”  —Michael Touchette, digital forensics examiner, Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

"Lane provides an invaluable guide for parents concerned about a set of techno-pitfalls unprecedented in human history. That he does so with wit, candor, and grace is fortunate for all who must confront the twenty-first century dangers waiting to ensnare unmoored children."  —Elizabeth Breau, ForeWord Magazine

"Frederick S. Lane's Cybertraps for the Young is a wake-up call to parents to recognize the potentially horrifying consequences of their children's use of the latest electronic gizmos. In a well-organized format, the author demonstrates how children are using computers and mobile phones to bully and harass; to take nude photos of themselves and others, and then send those photos to hundreds; to cheat in school; to steal intellectual property; to purchase tobacco, alcohol and drugs; to commit a variety of crimes — often unknowingly — from identity theft to hacking to invasion of privacy, to libel, defamation, plagiarism and copyright infringement."  —Arthur Vanderbilt II, New Jersey Star-Ledger

About the Author

Frederick Lane is an attorney, an expert witness, and a professional speaker on the legal and cultural implications of emerging technology. He is the author of six books, including The Decency Wars and The Naked Employee, and has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and MSNBC. For the past 12 years he has worked as a computer forensics expert, serving on a wide variety of cases, including stalking, copyright infringement, embezzlement, intellectual property, sexting, obscenity, and child pornography. He is the former chairman of the Burlington School Board. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: NTI Upstream (August 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984053174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984053179
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an author, attorney, expert witness, and professional speaker on the legal and cultural implications of emerging technology. After graduating from Amherst College and Boston College Law School, I clerked for two years for the Honorable Frank H. Freedman, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts. After practicing law for five years and writing my first book, Vermont Jury Instructions -- Civil and Criminal (with John Dinse and Ritchie Berger), I launched a computer consulting business that in time led to my current work as a computer forensics expert and author.

In response to the passage of the Communications Decency Act in 1996, I began researching the legislative and media response to the rise of the online adult industry. The resulting book, Obscene Profits: The Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age, was the first of what is now five mainstream non-fiction books. The others are:

The Naked Employee: How Technology Is Compromising Workplace Privacy (Amacom 2003);

The Decency Wars: The Campaign to Cleanse American Culture (Prometheus Books 2006);

The Court and the Cross: The Religious Right's Crusade to Reshape the Supreme Court (Beacon Press 2008); and, most recently,

American Privacy: The Four-Hundred-Year History of Our Most Contested Right (Beacon Press 2009);

Cybertraps for the Young (NTI Upstream 2011); and

Cybertraps for Educators (Mathom Press 2015).

In addition to these books, I have have written numerous magazine articles on a variety of topics, including constitutional rights (particularly freedom of speech), privacy online and in the workplace, the impact of technology on our rights and liberties, and the separation of church and state.

On August 23, 2006, I had the honor of appearing on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" to discuss The Decency Wars. I have also appeared as a guest on a variety of other national television programs, including ABC's "Good Morning America Weekend," NBC's "Weekend Today," ABC's "Nightline," CBS's "60 Minutes," and assorted BBC documentaries. In addition to those televised appearances, I have been interviewed by numerous radio shows, magazines, and newspapers around the world on topics relating to my books.

Over the last fifteen years, I have frequently been invited to lecture before college, university, and professional audiences to lecture on Internet technology, workplace and personal privacy, computer forensics, and censorship issues. I am represented by the Jodi R. Solomon Speakers Bureau in Boston, MA and Vermont Voices in Essex Junction, Vermont. An extensive list of recent lecture topics is available through the menu listing at the top of the page.

In my capacity as an expert witness in the field of computer forensics, I have worked on pornography and obscenity-related litigation for a variety of clients, including the U.S. Dept. of Justice, the City of Charlotte, N.C., assorted businesses, and individual defendants.

I live in Brooklyn, NY with my partner, Dr. Amy Werbel; together, we are the parents of four boys. From October 2002 to March 2012, I served on the Burlington School Board. I chaired the Board's Finance subcommittee from 2007 to 2010, served as Clerk of the Board from April 2003 through March 2009, and served as the chairman of the Board from 2010-2012. I also served as a member of the Board of Directors for Vermont Community Access Media, one of the region's three public access television stations.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shelleyrae TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a relatively cyber savvy parent I have made every effort to ensure my teenage daughter is educated about the pitfalls of online communication. We discussed the issues regarding privacy, the dangers of online predators, viruses, and many of the other traps that Lane outlines in this book. Initially we monitored her use of her mobile phone, computer and the internet but as she grew older it was more difficult to insist on access as she naturally became more independent and electronic communication became a feature of her social life. Despite our efforts, and with the disregard for consequences that plague adolescence, she made a stupid mistake, all the more shocking to me because I sincerely never thought it was likely to happen for any number of reasons - not the least being she had been educated about the risks of making poor choices. Luckily it was something we were able to reverse but I quickly realised just how easy it is for an otherwise sensible teenager to give into an impulse and potentially derail their future.
In Cybertraps for the Young, Lane examines the issues that children face online with regard to the legal ramifications of careless communication. Covering topics such as cyber bullying, identity theft, online gambling, fraud and sexting, he uses examples from the headlines to illustrate cases that have resulted in criminal and civil liability for the teenage perpetrators. The law is slowly but surely catching up with new technologies and online users are increasingly being held accountable for their virtual actions.
Lane emphasises the need for the digital native generation to be educated about the responsible use of technology. Few consider the ease and scale in which sensitive information can be used against them both immediately and in the future.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ms librarian on August 16, 2011
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Cybertraps for the young is an important and helpful up-to-date resource for parents who want to keep their children safe while using digital devices. Fred Lane has a refreshing writing style that makes this book easy to read and understand. It is great to be able to obtain a book that is so comprehensive regarding the myriad of digital traps that our children can become involved in and the legal consequences of those actions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joanne L. Harpel on September 22, 2011
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This informative book offers a detailed and compelling look at the surprising number of legal problems your child can face online from plagiarism to sexting. This book provides you with clear explanations of technologies that are second nature to your child, and practical tips on how to discuss them effectively with your own children. I found this book to be a disturbing yet important exploration of a new range of dangers for today's kids.
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We were among the vanguard of parents dealing with social technologies when our kids came of age. I wish "Cybertraps for the Young" had been around when we were first thrashing our way through the thicket of never-imagined parenting conundrums. For instance, to our well-trained generation, it was unimaginable that anyone would call past 9 p.m., never mind talk and text throughout the night. But it happens. Lots.

"Cybertraps" informs parents of ways that their children might become not only high-tech victims, but also cyber-perps. The author outlines current technologies and potential pitfalls, then gives straightforward advice on ways that parents can supervise and guide their children's use of all the fancy electronic gadgetry that surrounds them.

Author Lane has an impressive background in privacy, technology, and the law, and is a father and former school board chair to boot. Well-researched, highly readable, and including real-world experience, this is a book that would be a welcome companion to any parent whose kids are using any technologies from computers to tablets to cell phones (that is, to just about every parent).
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The book Fred Lane has written at this time, Cybertraps for the Young, is essential for modern parents. The mixture of information and advice (based on knowledge and experience) concerning modern digital devices that are favored by the youngest generation of electronics users is well written and easy to read. It does not bog the reader down in techno-babble, but approaches the topic in easy to understand and staightforward language. Modern parents (and grandparents and teachers) benefit from Fred Lane's insights taken from his experience as School Board leader in Vermont, Attorney, Computer Forensics expert and award winning scholar from Amherst College. I cannot imagine a more qualified writer of such an essential book. It should be required reading for teachers and parents right away.
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