The attractively packaged, straightforward advice in “A Smart Girl’s Guide to the Internet” is just fine for boys, too, but … oh well, at least girls will benefit from it. (Is there a boys’ version of American Girl’s “smart girl’s guides”?) The guide has lots of what the publishing biz calls “entry points” – quizzes, bullet points, subheads, short sentences and chapters, and bright, colorful graphics. But the best part for a parent is that it’s written by mom, syndicated columnist, online-safety advocate, and PluggedInParent.com blogger Sharon Cindrich. Sharon delivers in the tech-parenting area. She knows the research (both the risk-prevention and social-media kinds), sticks to the facts, and provides a calm, rational voice in a subject area fraught with hype and misinformation. The book (96 pp., $9.95) is aimed at girls 9-12. Here’s its page at AmericanGirl.com.
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NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
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- Beginning of the end of #purge, revenge porn or social cruelty?
- For our kids & ourselves: Presence in a digital age
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- Proposed ‘rightful’ framework for Internet safety
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- Textbook case of what NOT to do in teen sexting cases
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Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Safety, security and privacy risks of fitness tracking and ‘quantified self’
- Don’t let stalkers or abusers and creeps track your phone’s location
- Let’s stop persecuting ‘Auschwitz selfie girl’ for smiling at a camera
- EFF launches free Privacy Badger for Firefox and Chrome to block hidden trackers
- Privacy and security tips for newly-minted college students
- Google to stop labeling apps with in-app purchases as ‘free’
- Home automation and ‘Internet of things’ is great — but think about privacy and security
- Time for public to weigh in on ‘net neutrality’