Texting. Blogging. IMing. Technology that has become second nature to our children remains uncharted territory for many parents. What in the World Are Your Kids Doing Online? tells you everything you need to know to navigate the parenting issues technology raises, and arms you with the tools you need to protect your children.
This comprehensive, all-purpose guide shows you how to keep up with the latest in computer technology and the Internet—even if you’re a techno-illiterate.
You’ll also learn how to:
protect your child from cyber-bullies and sexual predators
monitor your child’s online activity
recognize the danger signs in your child’s use of chat rooms and socializing sites such as MySpace
decode the secret language of texting, instant messaging, e-mail, and chat rooms
keep your “Cyber-kid” healthy and fit
teach your child good on-line study skills
help your child build healthy friendships and dating relationships, both on- and off-line
gear your rules about the Internet to your child’s age and developmental stage
know when to turn the computer off
Includes information on how the cyber world affects children with special needs, learning disorders, and emotional disorders.
About the Author
BARBARA MELTON, M.Ed., is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and supervisor in private practice; she regularly works with families with challenging kids, conducts workshops, and lectures on a variety of topics. Her practice is in Charleston, South Carolina. SUSAN SHANKLE, MSW, LISW-CP, is a licensed clinical social worker who focuses on the treatment of adolescents experiencing difficulty due to modern technology. She lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Both authors have been featured in MSNBC.com articles addressing adolescents, parenting challenges, and technology.
"A must read for parents who want to raise healthy, caring, creative, and self-reliant children as well as kids who can thrive in a cyber-steeped future."
--Margaret Sagarese, coauthor of The Roller Coaster Years and Boy Crazy