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Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens Are Really Doing Online Paperback – March 20, 2007
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About the Author
Anastasia Goodstein is the creator of Ypulse, a blog that provides daily news and commentary about Generation Y for media and marketing. As a journalist, Anastasia has worked with several leading consumer magazines, online sites and network television brands including Teen People, Entertainment Weekly, Cartoon Network, Oxygen TV, Current TV and AOL.
Top Customer Reviews
What you will learn is that there are dangers on the Internet, and more often the dangers are your child's fellow students. Cyber-bullying from classmates is becoming more a danger to teens than strangers trolling for sex, and Goodstein covers the various methods of cyber-bullying. Considering that teenagers don't always make the right choices, parents do have a lot to worry about.
While Goodstein properly alerts parents to the real dangers of the Internet, she also balances it with realism. Although your teen may not always understand the consequences of what she does online, she probably already knows about the dangers of the Internet and how to protect herself. You'll read comments from real teens about their online experiences. The comments will alarm you and and comfort you all at the same time.
Helpful tips and "insider" information are peppered throughout the pages. Know what a "Code 9" is? Find the answer and more teen code in the book. (Code 9 = parent in the room). Are teens "hooking up" with other teens they meet online? Maybe not as much as you might have been told. Where is the balance between protecting your child and trusting your child? There's not an easy answer but you can find out what other parents are doing successfully.Read more ›
The best part is that Goodstein really gets teens. Drawing analogies to things that were familiar to us from our youth, she helps us understand that MySpace is really just another place to hang out, that personalizing your own online page is a way for teens to express themselves just as I did by hanging posters in my room or pinning buttons to my denim jacket, and that many teens do need parents to help them understand the boundaries, both offline and online. Reading this book made me remember how much fun it was to be a teenager myself (in between all the drama). And I came away with a new sense of respect for the choices that today's far more empowered teens are making for themselves.
Now if someone would only write a book to help teens understand their parents ...
Author Goodstein carefully explains all the ways teens are connected, complete with side bar definitions, interviews, resource lists, etc. Ms. Goodstein has done her homework including documented statistics, expert observances and experiences, and summaries of numerous interviews she conducted with both teens and adults who have extensive contact with teens. Whether you know a little or a lot about the world teens live in today this book has much to offer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens Are Really Doing Online
Review by Richard L. Weaver II, PhD.
In Totally Wired, Goodstein has written a superb book. Read more
This book gives the reader an in depth view of what school children have access to via computer, cell phones, pagers, etc. A must for parents to read and understand.Published on January 7, 2009 by James Kreckman
Speaking as a Middle School Counselor dealing with cyber-bullying issues on an almost daily basis, this book is a wonderful resource to me. Read morePublished on June 26, 2008 by Matt
I don't agree with authors solutions to certain issues. I don't think that just because one thing was different twenty years ago it's good or bad. Read morePublished on November 25, 2007 by Rafael Lopez Callejon
Anastasia really understands tweens and teens. In a very easy read... Totally Wired, Anastasia relays what today's kids are doing to what any generation did when they hit this... Read morePublished on April 23, 2007 by Erin Reilly