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The Parent's Guide to Texting, Facebook, and Social Media: Understanding the Benefits and Dangers of Parenting in a Digital World Paperback – April 1, 2011
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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.
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One out of two teenagers is the victim of a cyberbullying attack.
Each year, nineteen thousand bullied children attempt suicide.
Every thirty minutes, a bullied child takes his or her own life.
Bullying and cyberbullying are prevalent, and their consequences can be brutal. There are strategies, though, that parents can use to lessen the likelihood of an attack, or to possibly mitigate the effects of an attack should one occur. Edgington (who, in full disclosure, is a client and friend) helps forearm readers by sharing what she learned when her daughter was harassed on Facebook and through text message.
If you're a parent or you work with children, this clearly-written, resource-filled guide is essential reading.
I picked up a copy of "The Parent's Guide" and have to say, I really learned a lot from it. The statistics are unbelievable and I was so moved by Tina Meier's story. Thank you so much, Shawn, for bringing such awareness and knowledge to all of us parents regarding cyberbullying, harassment and sexting.
This is a definate MUST READ for ANY parent, regardless of your child's age. They may be 2 now but they will be a tween/teen before you know it... better to be proactive than reactive!