Teens Gone Wired: Are you ready?
This book is an important informational tool for all parents of teens about the social impact of the wired world. Wired teens spend so much time on the internet that they cannot effectively connect with parents and their peers. There are blatant dangers online that many kids are not aware of. Parents must inform teens to be very careful with whom they connect with online. Parents have to teach kids the benefits of cyberspace by warning them to exercise caution about the dangerous aspects of the internet. Parents have to make sure their teens are not used by technology but that they use it to their advantage. This book will help individuals to parent their kids about the internet with vigilance, knowledge, and self-awareness.
Kids live on an online world. They are connected 24/7 through cell phones, texts, and the internet. Some teens always feel sleep deprived because they want to be constantly connected with their cyber friends. It’s small wonder that parents worry about their kids when they’re online. Some teens can make friends online that they never met face to face before. How can they know who these people are?
It is currently estimated that kids aged 8 to 18 will spend more than 7 ½ hours in digital activity of one form or another. That doesn’t include the cellphone. They use Facebook, MySpace, playing games online, posting and/or watching videos on YouTube, and sometimes doing their homework. Some kids send over 100 text messages via cellphone every day.
With our kids spending that much time online, parents can’t help but wonder if they’re wasting time instead of preparing for life. Are kids more socially awkward because of their exposure to the internet? Perhaps this is the case. But some teens become addicted to the internet. Grades may suffer too. Our job as parents is to help our teens mitigate the downsides of the online world while reaping the benefits. It’s important for parents to have rules in place so that they’re teens don’t fall into the wrong people’s hands. This can be a very complex thing to do for parents. By reading this book, parents will be much more equipped to achieve this.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth