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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (August 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767926633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767926638
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,439,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Educators Melton and Shankle offer a reasonable, nonalarmist guide for concerned parents in helping their kids navigate the wonders and perils of the cyberworld. The authors downplay the dangers of Internet predators (the statistics are actually low), while they emphasize the importance of establishing a healthy balance of virtual and real-time activities for growing kids. Cellphones, instant text messaging, online surfing (Web sites, chat rooms, blogs) and dating aren't going to go away, and the authors give a crash course in what children are bombarded with daily, in school and elsewhere. Establishing an honor system with kids is crucial: Keep the lines of communication open is an often repeated dictum. The authors consider the cyberworld from the perspectives of both kids (establishing e-mail etiquette and coping with bullying, for example) and adults (inserting filters and monitors), but most helpful is the section on how intensive engagement with the cyberworld affects a child's development, from early youth to the teen years. The authors do sing the benefits of using the Internet for research and global communication, especially for special-needs kids; however, they convincingly stress moderation and firm parental involvement. (Aug.)
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From Booklist

Forget what you think you know about online communications. According to Melton (a counselor) and Shankle (a social worker), even older teens aren't as technologically savvy as their middle-school siblings. What, then, are parents to do to ensure that their Web-wise children are safe in cyberspace? Serious threats abound, including cyberbullying and child predators, and although Melton and Shankle don't sugarcoat the dangers, they also believe that it is realistic to allow children limited access to the Internet's riches. Much of their advice is rooted in traditional parenting principles—setting limits, allowing for a measure of trust, ensuring a balanced lifestyle—but Web-specific concerns such as filtering and spying software are also covered. Thankfully, the authors leave room for discretion, realizing that not every parent will opt to use safety software. Even those opposed to such clandestine methods of control will benefit from the authors' overview of how the software works and how it can be adapted to individual needs. A fine manual for parents of children approaching, in the middle of, or even toward the end of their teens. Wilkens, Mary Frances

More About the Author

Barbara Melton, M.Ed., LPC has been a therapist in private practice since 1991 in historic downtown Charleston, S.C. She and Sue Shankle, MSW co-authored this book in response to the various issues they saw in their practices. They wrote the book to stand the test of time with questions to ask your kids, information on kids and development, and various resources.

They were asked to write questions at the end of one of the "To Catch a Predator" shows and have been on local and national television and radio programs on the topic of kids and the internet.

Barbara Melton's email address is bmelton@homesc.com and her website is www.barbarameltonlpc.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brad L. Walker on September 16, 2007
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Susan Shankle and Barbara Melton have written a book that all parents, teachers, and other persons working with children should read! What sets this book apart from the rest is its ability to inform parents as to the "evil" and the good of the internet. As therapists who have worked with children affected by the internet, the authors are able to give powerful insight into the negative and positive impacts of our new cyber world. The list of meanings of internet slang is quite useful! This is a must read...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Melton on August 20, 2007
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This book is a real parenting guide which gives you lots of tips for parenting kids of different ages and abilities. Includes a section on special needs kids, cyberbullying, and more. What in the World Are Your Kids Doing Online?: How to Understand the Electronic World Your Children Live In
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Holden on September 8, 2007
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This is a fantastic guide to help parents and educators alike. When it comes to technology, parents are often a giant step behind their kids, and this book helps bridge that gap. It's a must have to help keep kids safe, savvy and connected!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Hood on September 8, 2007
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As a social worker, this book has been an excellent resource to assist foster parents and parents with the many mysteries of the electronic world. We must keep our kids safe and healthy - great book to help in this journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Genova on September 7, 2007
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This book is easy to read and is a great guide for parents. I highly recommed it for parents and teachers who are interested in making sure their children know how to navigate technology in a healthy way.
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