Digital technology, social media and online gaming are now a universal part of childhood. But are you worried about what your children might be doing online? What they might come across by accident? Or who might try to contact them through Facebook or Twitter?
Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, teacher, or youth leader, you will want children to get the most out of new technology. But how do you tread the tightrope of keeping them safe online, whilst enabling them to seize and benefit from the wealth of opportunities on offer?
Bex Lewis, an expert in social media and digital innovation, has written a much-needed and timely book full of sound research, practical tips, and realistic advice on how to keep children safe online. She puts the Internet scare stories and distorted statistics into context and offers clear and sensible guidelines to help children thrive in the digital jungle.
“A refreshingly direct and thoughtful guide for parents who want to understand their kids’ digital world but don’t want to be patronised. Up to date and evidence-based, this book walks a finely-judged line between inviting parents to get involved and trusting kids to be sensible, by suggesting constructive ways for parents to talk to and also learn from their children.” Sonia Livingstone, author of “Children and the Internet”, LSE.
“I am delighted to see this book pulling together the many strands of work which are designed to help parents, carers, children and young people navigate the on-line world. Bex is clearly passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, and this comes through in the simple discussion pointers in each chapter. Too often a lack of understanding of the opportunities and challenges presented by technological change becomes an excuse for no engagement; Bex points out that this is wrong and that opportunities to engage in really good communication come from getting to grips with this new environment. She sets out some great ways to achieve this.” Reg Bailey, Mother’s Union
Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @ Manchester Metropolitan University. Interested in digital literacy and digital culture in the third sector (especially faith). Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks hashtag #DigitalParenting.