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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2012
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As someone in youth ministry who is fairly "connected" with social media, I started the book a bit skeptical of it teaching me anything new but read it to see if it would be good to pass on to the parents of teenagers I know. Not only would I recommend this book to all parents of teenagers, but I found myself learning things I didn't know before and gaining new insights into the world of social media that not only relate to teens but my online activity as well.

A book about technology and what's popular runs the risk of getting outdated quickly but the principles in this book can be applied to whatever is popular online at any time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2013
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Before reading it, I'd questioned the wisdom of this book being published in the first place. The social media scene is changing all the time, so I figured any book published on the subject now could easily be irrelevant within a year or two.

The good thing is, Adam and Marko were clearly aware of this - they even make reference to this very problem in the book. This book therefore isn't a guide to specific types of social media like Facebook and Twitter, although they do cover these two sites more than others, giving various stats about them and how young people are currently using them.

Instead, this book gives overarching ideas and principles for parents to guide them in how they can approach the subject of their child's social media usage. There's no scaremongering involved - the authors don't sensationalize anything or make it seem like every teenager is posting naked pictures of themselves online.

They're also very realistic about the fact that even if parents ban social media accounts, young people can easily find a way around them. It's therefore much better for parents to help guide their children in how they should conduct themselves online (and off), particularly due to consequences that they may not have considered.

In fact, they even suggest that it can be counter-productive to install things like internet blocking software, going so far as to describe it as lazy parenting! Instead, parents should be proactively involved in how their children are using the internet.

Even though it offers suggestions for people on how they should parent, it's not done at all condescendingly. Besides, if a parent's reading this guide, there's a good chance that they're wanting guidance on how to parent when it comes to social media.

Despite being a fairly short book (all the books in this `Parent's Guide' series are of a similar length), it has numerous useful tips that parents can put in place in their household.

This includes suggestions like:

* Having computers in public areas in the house
* Having access to your child's accounts
* Having all family members (i.e. parents too!) keep mobile devices in one central location overnight to charge

In my opinion, these are the types of extremely useful ideas that parents may not have thought of, so make the book worth getting for that reason alone.

This guide also covers the all-important topic of online privacy and how young people's actions now could come back to haunt them again in the future. As mentioned earlier, this isn't done in a scaremongering way, but is an important issue to address with youth as once something's online, deleting it doesn't mean that it's gone.

Marko and Adam are both involved with youth ministry, so some small sections look at social media from a Christian perspective. However, it's not at all preachy so I'd feel comfortable giving this book to parents who aren't Christians. All the underlying principles and ideas are valid whether or not you're coming from a Christian perspective - we've therefore bought a copy for some friends of ours who have a teenage daughter.

I therefore highly recommend this book for all parents of young people who are old enough to be using social media. As mentioned in the title of the review, it's also an excellent resource for youth workers. Even if you're well versed in social media, the book will give you many ideas that you can pass on to parents. Better yet, get them a copy of this too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2012
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This is a short book offering practical advice to parents regarding their children's use of social media. And when I say short, I mean that it is possible to read it in one sitting. I think it took me about an hour to read.

Although it is short, it does do a lot. The authors have significant experience both in the both working with teenagers and in working online. Additionally, they are both parents themselves and have dealt with these issues at home. They use all of that experience to their advantage. They give some basic background for parents who have little understanding of what social media is and how it works. For adults who are more social media savvy, they give some good reminders about how the way teenagers use social media differs from the way that adults use it.

Finally they launch into practical advice. They are not alarmist, and they recognize that we are past the point of discussing whether or not engaging in social media at all is a good idea. Instead, they focus on ways that parents can engage with their children to help their children to be protected and to learn how to use social media responsibly.

The closest thing I have to a complaint is related to the length of the book. In an effort to keep things brief, I felt like they did not go into as much detail as the topic deserves. For example, a few more specific examples of ways for parents to engage with their kids might be helpful. Even some additional anecdotes from their lives or the lives of others they know could have been helpful to parents.

The book is useful and practical, and I will recommend it to other parents. I just wish there was a little more of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2013
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This short book is crammed full of information on social media that every person should know! The chapter on Internet privacy was especially informative. It's well worth the read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 1, 2013
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Great book. Every parent should have it. With the ever changing technology, parents need to know as much or more about what their children are doing online.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2013
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I've worked with college students for years. They can SHIPWRECK their college life with their use of social media; they will put stuff out there that will last forever and have no idea the consequences. When I talk to parents about their students behavior online, they do not even know where to BEGIN. This book will educate parents on what social media is about and proper and mature guidelines.

Plus, this book will save a lot of headaches and broken hearts.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 30, 2013
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I used to be so dumb about the internets and social media. Like what is a MyBook and a FaceSpace? I remember the good old days when we used to talk to each other with our mouth boxes but times have changed and so must I. If you need to know about the world wide web and what alta vista is and how it all relates to a teenage person then you need this book. Please buy it and read it, you will be most happy like a squirrel with a large amount of honey roasted nuts. Also the book itself is very cute and nice to hold in the hand. It feels like it was made by magical pandas in a far a land but really it was made in the USA by a large machine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2013
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As a Youth Pastor, I will be recommending this book to all my Jr High & Sr High Parents! Very informative and well written. Mark and Adam also do a great job of helping out parents with chapter 6: Parent to Parent Advice: Things you can do Right Now. Oh, and all this info is packed into less than 70 pages--which means it's a quick read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2013
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This is a wonderful and wonderfully short book on social media designed to inform parents and encourage them to engage their students. The two reasons I love this book are it's length (easily readable in a single session/evening) and the posture that Adam and Marko take regarding the goal is to lead teens into responsible independent adult use and interaction with technology and media. They strike good balance between alarmism and The early chapters focus on what sorts of media are out there and how teens are generally using them. The last chapter focuses on the how-to in terms of parenting. I am not a parent (I'm a single, 20-something youth pastor), but this is the sort of advice I would want as a parent and helped clarify for me ways to speak give advice and a cheap resource to hand out to parents. This is well worth your money and time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2013
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I've been following the Youth Cartel boys for a while, I've seen many bits and pieces of the things they write and share. This is the first full book that I have read, and I must say, it's a doozie. I'm a veteran youth worker, with almost 18 years experience in the trenches, and I can say this without a doubt: this book is a must read for parents of teens and preteens.

I am going to recommend this to the parents of all of my students.

Adam and Marko have written what few 'know'. Thank you for this tool.
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