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Protecting and Empowering Kids in the Digital World of Texting, Gaming, and Social Media



250 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

PDF, $11.95 (US $11.95)

Publication Date: October 2010

ISBN 9781581105612

Rights: US & CA

American Academy of Pediatrics (Oct 2010)
American Academy Of Pediatrics


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From helping children deal with cyberbullying to identifying control systems for monitoring their online activities, this guide steers parents through the often intimidating digital landscape where young children can be plugged in 24/7. In addition to informing about the latest trends in technology—social-networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace, gaming systems, mp3 players, and cell phones—this handbook empowers parents to embrace the new innovations and help children get the most out of technology in a safe, well-informed manner. Suggestions for setting boundaries by age group, a cyber dictionary, sample family internet-safety pledges, and listings of additional resources are also included.


"Online safety is still a basic parenting issue, even if our kids are the 'digital natives.' Dr. O'Keeffe's entertaining and wise insights on the internet, kids, and their changing interests will help you be confident and guide your children to internet safety." —Marian Merritt, Norton Internet Safety Advocate, Symantec Corporation

"After taking her practice to the Internet in 2005, pediatrician Dr. Gwenn O'Keeffe realized the issue of parenting kids on the Web was fast becoming a recurring topic of interest among her clients and friends. . . . As a result of her research, Dr. O'Keeffe penned the book Cyber Safe . . . with much influence from her own dealings as the mother of two teenage daughters." —

Author Biography

Gwenn Schurgin O’Keeffe, MD, FAAP, is a practicing pediatrician, health journalist, and CEO of Pediatrics Now, an online health and communications company. Through and the nationally syndicated blog, she addresses issues ranging from general health to those concerning the intersection of health care and social media. She is a fellow and national spokeswoman of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and an executive committee member of the AAP’s Council of Communications and Media and was the lead author of the council’s social media and sexting tips. She lives in Boston.