Sunday, October 15, 2017

Book Review: 'The Parent's Handbook for Talking WITH Your Teens about Social Media' by Ellen Mossman-Glazer

Colorado author Ellen Mossman-Glazer is a most welcome presence on the scene today. She is writing a series of books about raising cyber sensible kids in which she combines developmental psychology, life coaching and education to help parents transform their relationships with their kids from stressed and stormy to peaceful and playful. ‘She helps kids to give up the fight without giving up their spirit’. Ellen is a parent coach, child development specialist, counselor, educator, author and kids' yoga teacher with a specialty in healthy social-emotional development of children from their early years. She has worked with kids from tots to teens, in treatment-education, and outreach settings in the U.S. and Canada and has a blog on positive parenting. Her private practice is in Manitou Spring, Colorado.

Ellen enters our space with an informal, warmly supportive Introduction in which she states ‘Seemingly overnight, the Internet swept into our lives with its huge menu and multi-faceted dimensions. Life as we knew it was forever changed! We now had a cyber-world! There was so much to learn about this incredibly captivating, entertaining and educational new universe! It was beyond imagination for the generations that came before it. Most wonderfully, the Internet has given us a means to stay steadily connected with people we care about wherever they are in the world. Yes, the Internet has been a great enhancement to our lives. However, it is also a complicating, enigmatic challenge to parenting. Today the word ‘safety’ has a weighty new meaning for parents. Teaching your kids privacy has to happen on a world-wide level, much different from teaching them to close their bedroom door when they get dressed. 'Tech savvy kids' became the term du jour, as teens settled into the Internet like a cozy new home, while parents had to quickly recalibrate their parenting responsibilities. Their kids were proficiently surfing through the World Wide Web, and when the social media phenomenon came along, kids flocked enthusiastically to sign up on Facebook and other social sites.’

With this overview background Ellen delves right into those aspects of social media many of us find threatening – privacy, friending and freedom: parent pitfalls to avoid, Facebook privacy issues, rules and their consequences, Apps and Features – the good, the bad, the unfriendly, uses and misuse of photos, groups features and conversation tips, cyber bullying and on and on. There are few issues Ellen skips and if you read this book closely (and keep it handy as a reference guide), she does impact the many fears between parents and children about the Internet. This is one VERY important book – especially TODAY! Grady Harp, November 16
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.

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