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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Brown Books Publishing Group (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934812978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934812976
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shawn Edgington's book is a must-have for parents in this digital age. While there are many benefits to using social media, there are also very real potential dangers, such as online predators, cyberbullying, identity theft, and more. The Parent's Guide to Texting, Facebook, and Social Media helps parents equip their children to protect themselves and their personal information. --Spencer Christian, weather anchor for ABC7 News (San Francisco) and co-host of View from the Bay, former weather anchor of Good Morning America


Teens face a number of significant challenges when using technology and parents are charged with educating their children about the safe and responsible use of a variety of digital devices and online environments. The Parent's Guide equips parents with the tools and resources they need to encourage the appropriate use of computers and cell phones. --Justin Patchin, PhD, co-director of the Cyberbullying Research Center, co-author of Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying --Tina Meier, mother and founder of The Megan Meier Foundation

I believe it is so important for books just like The Parent's Guide to Texting, Facebook, and Social Media to be available to help educate and bring parents up to speed on the world that our children live in today. --Tina Meier, mother and founder of The Megan Meier Foundation

About the Author

Shawn Marie Edgington is America's leading ''texpert,'' a cyberbullying prevention expert, and your go-to cyber-safety mom. Shawn is the author of Read Between the Lines: A Humorous Guide to Texting with Simplicity and Style and The Parent s Guide to Texting, Facebook, and Social Media, the creator of the One-Click Safety Series, and an empowerment speaker. She's also the CEO of a national insurance firm, where she provides risk management to clients across the country. After a personal experience she had with her sixteen-year-old daughter being threatened by text and on Facebook, Shawn has made it her mission to show parents how to take the steps necessary to prevent their child s social and mobile networking from turning into every parent's one-click nightmare. Shawn has provided her expert advice in the upcoming documentary Submit: The Reality of Cyberbullying on Fox Business, View from the Bay, KRON 4 News, The San Francisco Chronicle, CBS Radio, American Cheerleader Magazine, CNN Radio, NPR, and various media outlets across the country.

More About the Author

Shawn Edgington is a cyberbullying prevention expert and your go-to cyber safety advocate. She's the author of the bestselling book, The Parent's Guide to Texting, Facebook and Social Media: Understanding the Benefits and Dangers of Parenting in a Digital World, the Founder of The Cyber Safety Academy, The Great American NO BULL Challenge and Teen Video Awards.

Shawn is also the CEO of a national insurance firm, where she provides risk management for companies across the country.

After a personal experience she had with her then 16-year-old daughter being physically threatened and stalked by text and on Facebook, Shawn has made it her mission to help teens, educators and parents take the steps necessary to promote digital responsibility among our Nation's youth.

Shawn's been featured in Woman's Day Magazine, appeared on Anderson, profiled in the new documentary Submit: The Virtual Reality of Cyberbullying, on the Fox Business Channel, Imus in the Morning, View from the Bay, KRON 4 News, The San Francisco Chronicle, Fox News Radio, ESPN Radio, CBS Radio, The Leslie Marshall Show, InfoTrak, The John Carney Show, The San Diego Union, American Cheerleader Magazine, CNN Radio, NPR and various other media outlets and syndicated radio programs across the country.

Shawn is not just a mom whose child was bullied. She's an expert on cyber safety, and is invited to speak at conferences and events around the country. Shawn provides awareness and solutions to parents, educators and teens on how to take the steps to promote digital responsibility to create social action within a positive school climate.

Shawn lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is passionate about her family and helping others. Meet her or learn more about her books, programs and fundraiser at www.ShawnEdgington.com.

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I would definitely recommend this book to parents of tweens and teens.
PJ Victor
Shawn Edgington provides a clear and deep insight into the effects of misusing our social media networks.
Jennifer Lowe
Here's a quick way to get up-to-speed fast and help make sure your kids are safe!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tgirl on March 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
As a Junior in high school, I have seen a lot of misuse and abuse through Facebook and in particular Formspring. As a coach of a U10 girls soccer team I was shocked at just how out of touch the parents are when it comes to SEXTING, FB and Formspring and the affect it can have on their children.

Some take the approach that they don't allow free internet access but then admit that they know their daughter gets access at a friends house.

When I had FB (don't anymore) my dad and mom and sister were all friends. Sometimes my dad would send me a message asking me to remove an offensive wall post from a 'friend'. Often this comment would be from one of my 600+ friends who I knew only through a friend of a friend and had never even met them.

I have been off of FB for several months now and have no desire to go back to it. The many hours I spent there are now taken up with work on my art and time in the gym with a fellow athlete.

I am sharing this book with my parent group on my team so they can help their daughters avoid some of the pain I went through. Thank you Shawn.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Spiegel on April 19, 2011
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The world is changing at such a fast pace, especially in the technology field, it's difficult to keep up. But, there seems to be no end to how people use every opportunity to be deceitful and malicious. Yes, Facebook and other social media sites are great in keeping us connected, but there are many pitfalls. This book gives great detail on those pitfalls as well as information on how to deal with each of them. This is a terrific source for parents.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Moorhead on April 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
Shawn Edgington makes us face facts: we may be earning "A" grades as traditional parents, but getting failing grades as "technology" parents of our grade school and high school children. Fortunately, she doesn't just shock us with horror stories, but truly illuminates the Internet's dark shadows. She equips us to understand the key technologies, to appreciate technology's all-encompassing role in our children's lives and to protect our children from lurking cyberbullies, predators and "frenemies."
If you wonder whether you need this book, do you know the answers to all of the following questions:
1. What are the early warning signs of textual harassment?
2. Do you know how to use the ignore/block/report function on your child's cell phone?
3. What does your school's crisis management plan provide about text messaging?
4. Why should you be worried if your child's Facebook "friends" list is very long?
5. What is SafetyWeb and how can it help you as a parent?
6. Why is "checking in" so dangerous for your child?
Shawn Edgington empowers you to keep your children safe and secure in the wild world of technology.

Jim Moorhead [...]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Nieto on March 21, 2011
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I am so glad I read this book. Even though I use technology extensively there were many hidden dangers I was unaware of. Children are faced with challenges far beyond what most adults had to deal with when they were growing up. This guide provided great insight into what is really going on in a teen's cyber world and how best to deal with it. I even picked up many tips to assist me with my own personal usage. Parents need to start young and start right when enabling their children with the tools of today and this will help them do it with ease. This is everything a parent needs to know in one book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marketing Diva on April 30, 2011
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I thought I was pretty well-versed in technology and social media, but upon reading this book I learned how much I DIDN'T know. This book is packed with great tips and resources that can really help parents to protect their kids from online dangers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DC on April 29, 2011
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I picked up this book with the intent to educate myself on how to protect my teens and upcoming teen from the potential risk of "facebooking" and "texting". However, after reading this I learned that these potential dangers are not limited to the world of young adults and teens who are the social media junkies. As an adult who only dabbles in this new world I am also at risk. After reading this book I immediatly adjusted the privacy settings, which I orginally just depended on the default settings to insure by privacy...big mistake!
Great job Shawn making sure we all are aware of the risks...as well, as the benefits.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Lillard on March 24, 2011
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I bought this book for both of my sisters who have starting to get there own cell phones and facebook pages. I believe it is very important for parents to have all the tools avaiable when allowing their children to have access to the internet and/or cell phones so they are aware of the dangers and have the controls to protect them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allison Gower on March 22, 2011
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This book is a must-read for parents of any age children. My children are still very young but I can already see that they are influenced by mobile technology -- their friends all have the latest in i-technology and speak in terms of texts and posts. Shawn's book provides a foundation for parents so that we are not blindsided by the real-time communication world facing our children -- and helps us prepare strategies and boundaries BEFORE we are faced with a scary situation.
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