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Cybertraps for the Young

The author reports that the average child in this country possesses hir or her first cell phone before age 10; in October 2010, 43% of teen cell phone users reported that their primary reason for having a phone was to text message friends; roughly 50% (probably more now) of teens in the U.S. use Facebook; 81% of children between the ages of 12 and 17 own at least one gaming console, and 23% of children under five regularly use the internet.

In this book Lane focuses on the personal and legal consequences children may face as a result of their online behavior. He explains the capabilities of modern gadgets to parents and readers so they can evaluate potential consequences before they purchase the newest devices for their children. He also suggests how parents can work with their school districts and state legislatures to instill cyber education in classrooms.

Among other things, the author discusses: the capabilities of emerging technology, including camera cell phones, gaming systems, tablets, live video chat, and digital cameras; how and when to start educating children about cyberethics and potential cybertraps; how to monitor children’s online activity—both by physically tracking their conduct and by using monitoring tools and software; the legal and personal consequences of specific cybertraps, including sexting, cyber-bullying, and hacking; and what parents czn do to notify their school districts and state legislatures about the need for cyber education.