In our modern high tech world where almost anyone can post almost anything online, including photos and opinions that create a digital footprint that the poster might later regret, the issue of how parents can safeguard their children’s digital footprints is a huge one. For example, Facebook is, as I’m sure almost everyone knows, hugely popular and all Facebook users are supposed to be over the age of 13. However, Consumer Reports reported in an article last year* that at least 7.5 million kids under the age of 13 have lied about their ages to create and use Facebook accounts. And of course kids under 13 don’t always use the best judgment when posting photos and information online. And kids and young teenagers may post information or photos online that they may later regret when their perspective employers or colleges they are applying to obtain embarrassing information about them via their online presences.
Author James Steyer has just published a book that can assist parents in learning how to keep their kids safe while still allowing them to establish an online presence. The book it titled Talking Back to Facebook: A Common Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age and it offers a whole host of suggestions as to how kids can appropriately use technology and how parents might head them off at the pass when they use technology, social networking sites etc inappropriately.
The library has ordered the book and it should be ready to circulate shortly. If you’d like to put your name on the waiting list please send an email request to: firstname.lastname@example.org
And if you’d like to know more about the book and learn some Internet safety tips for kids check out the NPR article and podcast Keeping Your Kids Safe Online: It’s ‘Common Sense’.
The article and podcast can be accessed via the following link:
*The stat is taken from a June 2011 Consumer Reports article titled Online exposure: Social networks, mobile phones, and cams can threaten your security – you can top by the library and read the article. A copy of the June 2011 Consumer Reports is available at the Reference Desk.