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Product Details

  • Paperback: 177 pages
  • Publisher: Homeland Pr (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986644617
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986644610
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Passionate and level-headed, a much-needed guide to the highways, byways and back streets of the social web.

Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brains


Raffi artfully implores us to be decision makers and bring our humanity to this new digital realm.

Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock and Life, Inc.


Lightweb Darkweb is a smart, highly readable and nuanced critique of society s unquestioning embrace of social media. An important book!

Susan Linn, Director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


Raffi is an extraordinary advocate and creator for children. This book has a great message for all of us. Read it.

James P. Steyer, Common Sense Media, author of Talking Back to Facebook


Those who have grown up listening to Raffi will profit from his reflections on the uncertain consequences of the digital age.

Mark Bauerlein, Emery University, author, editor of The Digital Divide


Generations of children and parents have grown up listening to Raffi. Now they can listen once again as he describes how to make the digital world safe, secure and nurturant emotionally and intellectually.

Sherry Turkle, psychologist, MIT professor, author of Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology And Less From Each Other


Raffi brings to the debate on the benefits and dangers of the digital revolution his well-known sense of compassion, concern, and hope. This is a book that every one of us needs to read.

Stuart Shanker, Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, York University


Required reading to skillfully navigate the wonderful and dangerous world of social media. Lightweb Darkweb explains the challenges and offers ways forward. Please turn off your screen and pick up this book!

Annie Leonard, author of The Story of Stuff


Lightweb Darkweb, raises the questions that communications policy makers should long since have raised and answered.

Lester Brown, President, Earth Policy Institute, author of Full Planet, Empty Plates


Bravo! Raffi alerts us to the risks of unintended consequences in the online world, including the loss of control, without which there can be no privacy. Lightweb Darkweb provides a great service in raising this vital issue for all to consider.

Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Privacy Commissioner of Ontario


In this passionate book, Raffi raises profound questions about our responsibilities as parents, educators, citizens for the healthy development of young children and for the long term survival of our planet.

Howard Gardner, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education


For decades Raffi has been driven by a singular and consistent moral vision: the best way to measure societal progress is by how well we support and nurture the youngest of our young. One of the globe s most ecologically aware citizens, Raffi has written an urgent and clarion call to corporations, governments and parents alike to ensure that social media s impact on young brains gets primary consideration within the indiscriminate use of digital technology. A timely book.

Charles E. Pascal, Professor, Applied Psychology and Human DevelopmentOISE/University of Toronto

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About the Author

For millions of fans, Raffi's music was the soundtrack of their childhood. These beluga grads now share his songs with their own kids. Raffi has been described by the Washington Post and the Toronto Star as the most popular children's entertainer in the western world, and Canada s all time children s champion. Raffi is a tech enthusiast, entrepreneur, and ecology advocate. He holds three honorary degrees, is the recipient of numerous awards, and is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Club of Budapest.

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For millions of fans, Raffi's music was the soundtrack of their childhood. These "beluga grads" now share his songs with their own kids. Raffi has been described by the Washington Post and the Toronto Star as the most popular children's entertainer in the western world, and Canada's all time children's champion. Raffi is a tech enthusiast, entrepreneur, and ecology advocate. He holds three honorary degrees, is the recipient of numerous awards, and is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Club of Budapest.

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Parents, educators and anyone who uses SM, this book is a must read that I highly recommend.
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Lightweb Darkweb is a 21st century manifesto and call to action that presents critical information about our Internet culture in a vibrant and clear manner.
Ted Smith
I know she will want to participate in the world of social media, and will seek to make use of the vast resources for learning and sharing available online.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Seth Klein on January 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
Raffi walks the talk when in comes to honoring children. Turns out this children's entertainer can be a very serious guy.

As a parent, I found this book both frightening and illuminating, but ultimately very hopeful and helpful. Raffi makes the case for better protecting children on the web, and then provides very concrete and reasonable policy reform ideas for better regulating social media platforms. His policy ideas are well researched, well supported and measured. He presents a very useful framework for protecting both privacy and child safety, and for requiring that social media sites make these protections the default.

Raffi also presents some very thoughtful research about how this new generation's deep engagement with social media may alter how we think and relate to one another and the environment. It is a very thoughtful read. And the policy ideas are worthy of government action.
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If every parent and educator read this book, we would live in a different world.

Raffi provides an broad view of the ecological dangers of tech today, the effects of social media on children and creating the world that many of us wish to live in.

I approached the last pages in quiet tears, thinking of the named children we have lost to social media: Amanda Todd, Rehtaeh Parsons and Audrie Pott.

This book also reminded me of the thousands of children we are unaware of, who are losing their lives to toxins produced for our convenience.

And yet, the book also provides a call to action. #lightwebdarkweb is filled with solutions - and hope.

My book is marked up with passages to share with others and will certainly be shared again and again. I will be recommending this book to everyone I know, including my children.

"If not for reverence, if not for wonder, if not for love, why have we come here?"

~Raffi, Tomorrow's Children
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By alyson schafer on December 13, 2013
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Raffi's takes us along on his own personal journey of investigating the current research and unspoken issues of raising children in the current digital culture. Raffi offers a balanced and informed perspective on how to get the best of technology for our children while protecting them from the dark side that many of us are unaware of. Read this book. Get informed. Take the actions steps Raffi recommends. It takes a village to raise a child and we all have a moral imperative to do our best for the most vulnerable members of society. Start with buying this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ken Burke on December 1, 2013
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I rarely bother to make reviews however this is an excellent must read for parents, educators and policy makers. I gave my copy to a mate with little ones straight away.

Children are a commodity sold to advertisers. I commend Raffi for his work defending our kids and environment. " if we change the beginning of the story, we change the whole story".

Great book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By elizzzibeth on November 15, 2013
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This is an important book to be read by anyone who cares for the development of young children. With all of the spin we see about the potential positive implications of the use of technology in promoting academic skills in children, this book is a welcome balance. As a kindergarten teacher in a high income area I see first hand the changes in my students when they enter school due to an over reliance on tech at too young an age. Kids lack basic social skills such as eye contact or ability to sustain attention along with a reluctance to play outside and engage in imaginative , free form play that does not involve high amounts of external stimulation. This book supplies educators with data to help support conversations with parents and colleagues in reducing or eliminating technology for preschoolers. It is a call to take positive action in providing developmentally appropriate and mindful use of technology with children whose brains require much more that pushing buttons to fully develop their potentials.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ted Smith on October 8, 2013
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Banana Phone founder challenges InfoTech to grow up
Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before It Re-Forms Us
I just finished the new book by Raffi (best known as the popular children's troubadour) and I am feeling motivated to let people know why I love it! (In fact, I used a yellow marker to highlight the "important parts" and there is a whole lotta yellow in my book now!) (Click [...] to see my longer version of why I think it is SO important).

Lightweb Darkweb is a 21st century manifesto and call to action that presents critical information about our Internet culture in a vibrant and clear manner. It is built around 3 compelling reasons - safety, intelligence and sustainability - to reform social media and issues a resounding call for a thorough "mid-course correction" before it is too late.

Thank goodness for Raffi and hallelujah for Lightweb Darkweb -- this new book is a beacon of light to lead us out of the current wilderness of the "Darkweb" and into a sustainable future. Citing Gandhi, Raffi points us to a future where everyone has enough for their needs (but not their greed). Sometime it takes a troubadour to show us which way the wind is blowing.

Ted Smith
Founder, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, Chair of the Electronics TakeBack Coalition, Coordinator of the International Campaign for Responsible Technology, and co-author of Challenging the Chip: Labor rights and environmental justice in the global electronics industryChallenging the Chip: Labor Rights and Environmental Justice in the Global Electronics Industry
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