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New Book Helps Parents Get Ahead of the Curve on New Technology & Social Media Their Kids Are Using

by Steve Schwartz on

If you are like so many parents these days, frantically trying to keep up with the new technology and the social media that has become part of your kids' lives, I would like to recommend a new book that might be of help.

Raising Digital Families for Dummies by Amy Lupold Bair is part of the ever-expanding "Dummies" series from Wiley Publishers. The book not only explains the devices kids are using these days — iPhones, iPods and the like — but also explores social media such as Facebook and Pinterest.

The publisher says "The book offers invaluable guidance for managing mobile devices, social media, and the Internet before it manages you! Also featured are tips and advice for establishing family rules for technology use and how to best handle situations when rules are broken."

You will fing that the book:

  • Covers monitoring software for computers and mobile devices
  • Offers advice for handling cyberbullies and introduces safe social networks for children
  • Addresses how to guide children who want to blog or podcast
  • Provides information on helpful sites that you may want to explore for more issues on various issues that relate to the future of technology

As my colleague Joe Mason and I did in our book about child identity theft, "Bankrupt At Birth," and as he and I have spoken about many times in this space, this new book looks at ways you can work with your children to help reduce the threat of becoming a victim. This starts with talking to your children about identity theft just like you talk to them about other dangers.

Amy's book is full of practical, real world tips like:

  • Remind your children never to share identifying information, such as their full birth date, online.
  • Teach children never to share their Social Security number online.[Actually, your kids have no reason to know their SSN!!]
  • Teach your children to identify phishing emails and not to respond to or click through their links.
  • Ask your teens not to do any online banking or shopping on public computers, via their phones, or when using a shared Wi-Fi connection.
  • Ask your children to use password protection on all devices and remind them to log out of sites and devices.
  • Ask children not to create emails and profile names that include identifying information such as birthdates, addresses, or Social Security numbers.
  • Teach kids to come to you immediately if a site asks them to provide personal information.
  • Ask your children not to accept Friend requests from people they don't know.

P911? PAW? POS? These are cyber-slang for parents are coming, parents are watching and parents are looking over my shoulder as I type. The book has a most enlightening section on the latest in cyber-slang and cyber-shorthand that is currently in use, including a number of entries having to do with sex and sexting.

Amy Lupold Bair, the book's author, is the founder of Resourceful Mommy Media and a friend of ours. She developed a network for fellow bloggers in early 2009 and the Global Influence Network has since grown to include over 2,000 social media savvy bloggers. She has worked with us here at Identity Guard with our child identity theft prevention service.

For parents playing catch-up on the newest technologies and social media sites their kids now use matter-of-factly, I recommend you take a look at Raising Digital Families for Dummies.