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Protecting Your Children on the Internet: A Road Map for Parents and Teachers Paperback – February 16, 2009


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Gregory Smith offers parents an extremely powerful resource that is long overdue. This very "parent-friendly" book should be required reading before allowing your child or teen to go online! (Donald S Schnure, President and CEO of Parental Control Products LLC)

Today's parents need to make protecting their children online a priority and they need to know about the available tools and how to implement them. From technology to tips, Greg Smith's book provides a comprehensive tool that guides parents on how to create a safe online environment. (John Cheney, Executive Vice President of Product Strategy and Marketing SurfControl)

The Internet can be fantastic place, AND a dangerous place. Gregory Smith lays out how to better understand that place in terms of our children's safety. As parents, we need to understand what our children are doing online, and this book is a great help to those of us who are novices at technology. The book should be required reading for all parents of teens and preteens—most of whom know far less than their own children about the Internet. (Julie Aigner-Clark, founder of The Safe Side)

Worried about protecting your children on the Internet? This is a must-read for every parent and educator. An informative and well-researched guide, this is an invaluable tool in understanding the Internet and its galloping revolution. Gregory Smith's how-to book is key to ensuring our children's safety on the internet. I hope administrators consider making this required reading. (Maureen Appel, Headmistress of the Connelly School of the Holy Child)

A thorough if occasionally geeked-out look at the technologies children are using and the steps parents must take to minimize their kids' chances of having a bad experience online. Smith, the chief information officer for the World Wildlife Fund, shows the 5 million ways your kids can get around the basic barriers many parents set up. He advocates a more deliberate, comprehensive approach, including aggressively limiting your child's Internet use: For middle schoolers, he recommends banning instant messaging, blocking search engines such as Google and denying access to free e-mail services such as Yahoo Mail. The amount of technical detail will liberate some and overwhelm others (hey, welcome to the Internet, folks), but you can always skip to Smith's helpfully specific recommendations, including which filtering and monitoring programs work best. (The Washington Post)

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Today's parents need to make protecting their children online a priority and they need to know about the available tools and how to implement them. From technology to tips, Greg Smith's book provides a comprehensive tool that guides parents on how to create a safe online environment.

"Smith outlines methods for protecting children against online threats. He describes recent tragedies and shows how to protect against specific dangers, for parents or educators of children from age eight to 17. He specifically discusses how to monitor children online, with recommendations for surfing, blogs, and social networking; email; instant messaging and voice-over-IP, cell phones, and PDAs; and talking to children about risks. Information has been drawn from research reports, case studies, child advocacy organizations and web sites, interviews with experts and parents, and the author's own experiences as a parent, technology professional, and educator."

More About the Author

Gregory S. Smith is a recognized IT executive with 26 years of experience managing complex IT systems. He currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for a DC-based non-profit. Mr. Smith is the author of:

1. Straight to the Top: CIO Leadership in a Mobile, Social and Cloud-based World (John Wiley and Sons 2013)

Please see the CIO Insight Review at http://www.cioinsight.com/books-for-cios/leading-your-way-to-the-top/

2. Protecting Your Children on the Internet: A Road Map for Parents and Teachers - Paperback (Roman Littlefield Publishing 2009)

3. How to Protect Your Children on the Internet: A Road Map for Parents and Teachers - Hardcopy (Praeger 2007)

4. Straight to the Top: Becoming a World-Class CIO (John Wiley and Sons 2006)

For more information on the Internet safety book, consult www.ProtectKidsontheNet.com.

Mr. Smith has also published and contributed to dozens of articles, including "Talking at the Top of the World" in CIO magazine, along with a variety of technology topics in the Wall Street Journal, eWeek, Optimize, ComputerWorld, Network, and Information Week magazines.

Mr. Smith received a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park (top 10 computer science program) and an M.S. in Business from The Johns Hopkins University, where he serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Carey Business School, Graduate Programs.

Mr. Smith is the recipient of the following presigious awards:

*Top 10 CIO - Washington DC, SmartCEO magazine (2011)
*Top 12 Green IT Users (WWF) Honoree (2008)
*IT Executive of the Year - Public/Non-Profit Category, Tech Council of Maryland (2007)
*Computer World magazine's Premier 100 IT Leaders - IT's Best and Brightest (2007)
*eWeek magazine's Top 100 CIOs (2007)
*IQPC's IT Financial Management IT Governance Award (2006)
*CIO Decisions magazine Mid-Market CIO, Candidate (2006)
*CIO magazine's CIO 100 Award (2003)


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