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A Parent's Guide to Understanding Social Media: Helping Your Teenager Navigate Life Online Paperback – December 1, 2012
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Moreover, this book will help parents understand how the Internet and computers actually work. Everything from Google search history to Facebook marketing is explored in these pages, but this is not the type of read that should frighten parents away from allowing their children to use social media. Rather, the authors offer the realities of social media (It's here to stay, and your kids are using it in one form or another), yet encourage parents to be more involved in what their children are doing and to set rules and boundaries through family discussions.
Parents looking for a practical and informative guide to social media can't go wrong with this book. It's accessible and real. Also, it has been written from the vantage point of two parents who are engaged in youth ministry and understand youth culture. This book also could be a textbook for parenting conversation or a one-session class designed to provide the basics of Facebook, Twitter and social media in general. --Todd Outcalt, youthworker.com
About the Author
Adam McLane is a lifelong student of youth ministry, a veteran youth pastor, and mentor to an ever-expanding web of students and adults. He is a partner at The Youth Cartel, a full-service consulting firm specializing in helping churches, businesses, and ministries connect with teenagers, young adults, and youth workers. Adam and his wife, Kristen, live in San Diego, California, with their three children, Megan, Paul, and Jackson.
Top Customer Reviews
A book about technology and what's popular runs the risk of getting outdated quickly but the principles in this book can be applied to whatever is popular online at any time.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative and nice and short---my type of book! I highly recommend for anyone who is on Social Media or has a child on Social Media.Published 14 months ago by Sicilian Joe
Here in Atwood, Kansas we found this book to be very helpful. Not only did I purchase a kindle version, I also purchase two copies of this book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
I recommend this book. There are lots of good suggestions for discussing social media with your teens outside of purchasing software which really only limits websites available to... Read morePublished on March 9, 2014 by angie
Great book to read if your kids are into the internet. Really lets you know whats going on so you know what to watch out for.Published on January 23, 2014 by Liz Powell
The whole bent of this book is on religious context/Christianity so I found it a bit tiresome and not wholly relevant to me. I would not buy or recommend it again.Published on January 17, 2014 by ScarletM
The book is a very easy read with a firehouse of information that is practical. Great book for parents and youth workers.Published on January 3, 2014 by Sean
As my children grow and mature, I miss them. I miss their youth that is so quickly slipping away. I miss them because I am very aware that a time will come when seeing them almost... Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by rhyan j. lindley
concise, clear, and full of info! a must read for any parent trying to navigate the ever-growing sea of social media!Published on December 12, 2013 by Ben Palm
Very helpful book. Great information for every parent of a teen or any one that works with teens on a regular basisPublished on September 9, 2013 by Randy Balcom