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How to outsmart your kids online

Photo: Amber Mac and Michael Bazzell
Parents?it?s time to admit that your older kids may be slowly out-smarting you when it comes to technology. And when it comes to social media in particular, they know how to use it all: Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, the list goes on and on. Unfortunately, this also means that kids are more susceptible to different types of dangerous situations that take place online. But fear not! Tech journalist Amber Mac and Michael Bazzell, who spent 18 years working as a computer crimes investigator, have teamed up to create a super-detailed guide to understanding your kids’ internet activity. Outsmarting Your Kids Online: A Safety Handbook for Overwhelmed Parents takes a deep dive into the nitty-gritty of how, exactly, you can trace your child?s digital steps?even the stuff that they think they?ve deleted. It also acts as an educational tool for parents, offering explanations on technology and social media trends, the risks associated with certain apps and even includes how to report digital bullies. We spoke to Mac to find out why parents should care about their kids’ online activity and what they can do to be proactive about managing it.
Your co-author Michael Bazzell spent 18 years as a government computer crime investigator and did work for the FBI. Is the way things are going with kids and social media really that bad right now"

When we decided to write this book, we wanted to have a very balanced approach to technology.  While my co-author, Michael, has experience dealing with extreme cases of internet harassment and other digital crimes, we both recognize that there are plenty of positive aspects to children using the internet (many of them educational, which we share in every chapter). However, as a 2013 MediaSmarts study indicated, 99 percent of Grade 4 through Grade 11 students have access to the web. An alarming 39 percent sleep with their cellphones and nearly one third never sit with a parent or adult when online. Three years since this study?today in 2016?we know usage is even higher and there’s a widening gap when it comes to what parents know about what their kids are doing online. Moreover, anonymous messaging apps such as Kik allow young kids to engage in conversations with strangers more easily than ever before. In short, there is the potential for situations to get out of hand with young children on social media, so we wanted to create the ultimate parenting handbook.
Why do you think a guide like this is necessary"

Social media is changing at a rapid pace, so oftentimes associations, governments and groups advising parents about the risks are a big step behind. With our book, we wanted to create a reference guide that accounts for today?s current trends. We are both avid technology users, so we?re well aware of how a younger generation is bouncing from app to app to keep up with their peer groups. For example, we know kids as young as eight are...
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