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Monday, February 9, 2015

{Book Review} Cyber Bullying No More: Parenting a High Tech Generation by Holli Kenley

Cyber Bullying No More: Parenting a High Tech Generation
by Holli Kenley
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
Released: November 12th 2011
Genre: Non-Fiction- Adult: Parenting
How I Got It: Received a copy from publisher

Electronic Media Can Endanger As Well As Empower Your Kids
Cyber bullying is rampant. Every day children are being humiliated, violated, and degraded through the use of electronic devices. Young people are frightened and don't know where to turn. Parents are frustrated and unsure how to help or how to protect their children. Although there are dozens of excellent books, videos, websites, and resources addressing cyber bullying, this book will give parents/guardians a manageable number of effective parenting strategies to incorporate into their lives and their children's.

Review: As a parent I would never want to find out my child was being bullied, in real life or online. Yet we hear about it all the time on the news or where ever. It's especially scary when we hear of the extreme cases. In this age of the internet, cell phones, social networking  and etc, it's hard for parents to know how to navigate and protect out kids a world where (in some cases) they know more than we do. 
Ms Kenley offers us the tools to do just that. This book is small, only 21 pages, but filled with lots of great information on protecting kids from cyber bullying. While some of the things are what you should be doing anyway, knowing who your child is talking to, where they are going online, etc. There are things like the an 'internet user agreement' between the parents and children is a great idea. Revisiting the rules and regulations we've set for our kids as they get older, is something that should be a no-brainer but probably isn't since it's always easier to go with what works. I found this to be a good resource for prevention as well as dealing with the bullying after it happens.
A great point the book makes is we need to teach kids that while they may not be face to face with the person on the computer or phone, there is a real person there with feelings. It's easy to lose yourself in the anonymity of the internet which isn't always a good thing. I feel this is a great book for any parent raising children in this high tech time.

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