The High-Wire Act: Cyber-Sanity, Cyber-Crime and the Young take a unique look at how young children and young adults are coping with technology. For example, we learn that many young people are turning to the Internet for answers to their personal and professional concerns. What are their online adventures and what are they really doing on the Net?
The book is written with an academic approach and covers many areas of cyber-safety and cyber-crime. The author, Mary Beth Schaffner, is an attorney and research analyst specializing in child law, particularly Internet safety. The book is filled with interesting stories about people’s real-world behavior, as well as their online behavior. In addition to being informative, this book provides many useful tips for parents and caregivers on how to deal with the challenges facing children and young adults today. I particularly liked the chapter on cyber-sexual abuse.
Cyber-security and cyber-safety are just as important to young adults today as they were in years gone by. This is especially true for teens who become “Cyber Babysitters” and leave home to do their own thing, leaving behind a trail of digital evidence. A lot of teen cyber-trouble happens when the teen starts to use the Internet to “stalk,” “find love,” or “attempt suicide.” The author’s research and interviews make clear that cyber-bullying is a major problem.
In addition to addressing cyber-security and cyber-safety, the book includes a chapter on how to best deal with the challenges posed by the Web. It touches on topics such as search engine optimization, web-based security, and Internet-based scams and fraud.
Although the book is very long and detailed, it is organized very clearly and easily read. While there is a lot of information in the book, it is easy to understand and offers many practical tips for parents.
Chapter Three in the book addresses cyber-security, including information on passwords, firewalls, and security systems. Chapter Four covers information on phishing scams and how to avoid them. And finally, Chapter Five addresses the issues related to security of the Internet. We learn that identity theft is a huge problem and how parents can help keep it from happening to their children. We also learn some information on the dangers of phishing and how parents can protect their children from becoming victims.
Chapter Seven, Cyber-Sanity, includes information on how cyber-safety is related to cyber-security and cyber-crime. As the author points out, “cyber-security” is not only about protecting children from Internet predators but also includes issues such as identity theft, spyware, phishing scams, social security numbers, and other computer problems. As the book progresses, we learn that cyber-crime, including malware, viruses, spyware, malware, and identity theft can be very damaging to the computer.
Finally, Chapter Eight addresses cyber-safe living. This chapter focuses on ways for parents and caregivers to deal with the issues related to the cyber-security and safety of the family. In addition to providing information on how to stay protected and safe on the Web, the book also provides guidelines on how to prevent identity theft, spyware, and malware. from reaching your children’s computers. The chapter on phishing scams also addresses how to avoid those problems from harming you and your family.
While this book is geared toward younger children, it can be useful to anyone caring for teens. It addresses all the main issues associated with computer security and includes information on how to stay safe online as well as dealing with other issues of concern. As you’ll find, cyber-safety goes beyond the usual child-monitoring methods found in most books or on the Internet itself. This book also covers what you should do if your teen is suffering from phishing scams, or other computer problems, as well as how to spot computer malware.
Parents looking for an easy-to-read book on the topic of cyber-safety might want to consider using this book to guide their children. There is a lot of information here, and it will make them aware of the threats and the importance of being able to identify and remove viruses and other malicious software. If you are concerned about protecting your children from becoming victims of identity theft or other problems, this book is definitely worth reading.
The book is also available as a downloadable e-book. With just a few mouse clicks, you can access a full, detailed version of the book online. You can access the full text of the book as a PDF file or purchase the chapters one at a time or download all the chapters in PDF format.