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A must read, eye-opening guide by IT experts about the substantial dangers to kids in the screen-obsessed technology and social media world.

Synopsis

This book is about much more than naked photos of your children showing up online. Are Your Kids Naked Online breaks down the facts from fiction and is supported by academic research focused on technology, not only showing the real issues in an objective balanced way without down playing the real dangers and consequences, but also without fear mongering.

Most of the chapters have a “What You Can Do” section with tips and guidance for parents. Many of the chapters also contain a real life story of how the technology today is really impacting children and their families, and how it doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, whether you live in a big city or a small town, what race or religion you are, the consequences that technology can have are indiscriminate.

As trained Cyber Security Professionals and parents of 4 teenagers, the authors understand first-hand the ins and outs of technology, as well as the underbelly of the dark web. With over 20 years of IT experience, they know what actually works, what your super smart tech-savvy kids can easily bypass and can relate to the reality of being a parent in the always-on digital world.

This eye-opening guide, written by IT experts who are parents of four teenagers, is essential and terrifying reading that leaves no doubt about the substantial dangers to kids in the screen-obsessed technology and social media world in which they live. The risks are serious, and the author’s recommended fixes are nuanced and layered, combining engaged and aggressive parental communication with fearless implementation of technological tools that block, protect, observe, record, and attempt to insulate. Our kids are coming of age in a world that didn’t exist for most of us, and these authors remind parents that we can’t afford to let our ignorance or discomfort with the digital world slow us from protecting our children. A must read.

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I’m Jordana Landsman, a working mom of three, wife of the one, award-winning author, poet, and book lover. I read and review a gazillion books so you know what's worth reading.

Synopsis

This book is about much more than naked photos of your children showing up online. Are Your Kids Naked Online breaks down the facts from fiction and is supported by academic research focused on technology, not only showing the real issues in an objective balanced way without down playing the real dangers and consequences, but also without fear mongering.

Most of the chapters have a “What You Can Do” section with tips and guidance for parents. Many of the chapters also contain a real life story of how the technology today is really impacting children and their families, and how it doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, whether you live in a big city or a small town, what race or religion you are, the consequences that technology can have are indiscriminate.

As trained Cyber Security Professionals and parents of 4 teenagers, the authors understand first-hand the ins and outs of technology, as well as the underbelly of the dark web. With over 20 years of IT experience, they know what actually works, what your super smart tech-savvy kids can easily bypass and can relate to the reality of being a parent in the always-on digital world.

INTRODUCTION

Wow, we bet you are wondering why in the world anyone would title a book, Are Your Kids Naked Online? Well, it did grab your attention, right? Just the word “naked” invokes a head-turning reaction with pretty much everyone, no matter what your political or religious beliefs. Everyone from all walks of life knows the basic meaning of “naked,” which is unclothed or bare. In addition, in the world we live in today, just about everyone has heard of someone, whether it’s a friend’s child, a family member’s child, a co-worker’s child, or some celebrity, having nude photos show up online, whether intentional or leaked.

However, naked means more than just “unclothed.” Some of the synonyms for naked are: unprotected, uncovered, exposed, unguarded, vulnerable, helpless, weak, powerless, defenseless, and open to attack.

This book is about much more than naked photos of your children showing up online. When we say “naked online,” we are also referring to the following:

• Naked—Ignorant: Not knowledgeable about the real dangers

when it comes to social media, chats, the dark web, and online

gaming

• Naked—Defenseless: No protective mechanisms in place to help

prevent or detect problems, both physical (monitoring tools,

parental controls) and mental

• Naked—Unprotected: Parent or other adults not involved and

engaged in teaching, positive communication, ongoing dialogue,

and support

• Naked—Vulnerable: Sharing private information that can

endanger their lives and possibly even expose them to predators

• Naked—Powerless: Feeling like there is nowhere to go when

something is wrong and that their parents will just yell and

scream at them

• Naked—Helpless: Feeling like no one would understand them

and they would be judged by the adults in their lives for their

carelessness

• Naked—Unguarded: Not able to see the consequences or

think of the long-term consequences of their decisions

• Naked—Bare: Sending inappropriate photos, videos, or text

messages that can open them up to criminal charges, predators,

and sex trafficking


Most children today know more than their parents when it comes to technology. However, just because they are tech-savvy doesn’t mean they are wise. The majority of kids today are young and immature. If we are all honest, we will remember that when we were young, we weren’t all that “wise” either. Lisa Good, one of the authors of this book, recently gave a speech at NASDAQ where she talked about drag racing when she was sixteen years old and having her car taken away and sold. That sounds crazy and reckless, right? Yes, it was—especially for someone who was an “A” student, never got in trouble, and didn’t “break” the rules. Even the smartest, most “mature” kids make some unwise decisions. It comes with the territory of being a child. Sometimes their emotions get the best of them, like what happened with Lisa, or just the lack of age that brings experience and wisdom gets the best of them. But in the online digital world we live in today, those emotions and mistakes can have life altering repercussions. The stakes are high.

Why in the world did we write this book? After all, we work with businesses managing their computer networks, security, and technology infrastructure; consulting on new technology projects; providing compliance and security audits; minimizing their technology risk; and protecting their technology assets. We aren’t psychologists or school counselors.

About the author

Chris Good has a BS in Engineering and 20+ years as the CEO of GSG Computers, Inc. As a Cyber Security expert and a father of 4 teens, he also has to manage technology in the personal life of his family members every day. Conversations and promptings from clients are what brought this book to life. view profile

Published on March 01, 2019

30000 words

Genre: Parenting & families

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