In my past life, I wrote and assigned and edited a lot of stories about cyber crime. As such, I am a little crazy when it comes to social media and privacy (and the lack thereof).
My privacy settings are high, I turn off geotracking on my phone, I don’t say where I live and I never put my guy’s face on my social media. Yet, I know that is not enough. If you are in public, there is a good chance you’ll wind up on social media and with tagging, you’ll be put in the spotlight as well.
So how do you keep your kids safe online? Don’t give them a cellphone, don’t let them use the Internet if you are not there, don’t give them a gaming system that is connected and unplug completely.
Geddes’ book is extremely informative, albeit downright frightening. There are a number of chapters in the book from Creating a Healthy Tech Environment to Cyberstalking and Tracking, Grooming and Sexting, each with questions and answers, parents’ perspectives, quick facts and quotes and takeaways.
Each chapter gives you more depressing and frightening information about the topic along with how it can effect your family and what you can do to help keep your kids safe.
The book is something you will want to read a chapter at a time and share with people who are considering getting their children a cellphone or a laptop they can use in the privacy of their rooms. While the Internet is a truly amazing thing, it can be a terrible place for so many others. So keep the lines of communications open, watch what your children are doing while online, check their privacy settings and make sure you have their passwords and user names. Most importantly, pay attention to what they are doing while online to ensure they are safe.
Oh, and parents, look at your own social media/Internet use. I think you’ll find you do a number of things you tell your children not to do with the potential of putting them in harm’s way.
A copy of this book was provided by DK Books for an honest review. The opinions are my own.