Will Gardner, CEO Childnet International UK
Technology is an integral part of children and young people’s lives, as well as the lives of parents and carers. Parental engagement in their kids use of technology leads to the best outcomes. This book is a brilliant practical tool to help with just that. Getting the conversation started. And it has the key questions for both children and parents to look at, with the information and guidance on how to manage this.
I have known and collaborated with Robyn Treyvaud for many years and I am thrilled that she has written this book, which has harnessed her insight, expertise and experience of working with parents and carers as well as with children and young people. The potential for young people’s use of technology is so positive, and this is often best articulated by young people themselves. This potential resonates in this book and this provides important context to look at this whole area - just listen to Girl 15 “When I grow up I will use technology to spread advocacy on climate change and ending violence, and help others in need”. Parents and carers have a key role in enabling this potential, and I am sure this book will be a great help to all those that read it.
Professor, Donna Cross, The University of Western Australia, Telethon Kids Institute
This book is a must-read for any parent who cares about the wellbeing of their children. It is based on state-of-the-art evidence compiled by authors renowned for their leadership in helping young people to maximise their enjoyment and minimise their harm when using technology. This book gives parents both insight and practical strategies to help their children to help themselves and others when using technology.
David Wright, Director UK Safer Internet Centre UK
Today many adults, in particular parents and educators, have cited the notion that children are ‘digital natives’ and used this as justification that children are suitably competent to navigate the online space; however, we would suggest this is to confuse ‘confidence’ with ‘capability’. They are still children and online media and information literacy skills are as much, if not more, applicable to the online world as much as the physical world. After all, we wouldn’t simply leave them to learn to swim themselves if they sounded ‘confident’ enough to do so.
The backdrop to supporting children with being safe online is that technology continues to evolve at such an astonishing rate with all the opportunity and risk that this brings. That said, many of the ‘online safety messages’ we throw at children have not kept pace with this revolution and are between 10 and 15 years old; for example, messages like ‘think before you post’, ‘check privacy settings’ and ‘don’t post personal information’. These are now way too blunt and lack the sophistication of current technologies. If children fail to see the relevance to them and their lives, it is likely to be largely ignored. Throw in the behaviours that some parents may be modelling around them, there is little wonder that children left to their own devices, may be confused and make their own path and if they do encounter an issue, seek counsel with their friends rather than their parents.
Because of this, parents need help, confidence and support in working with their children to understand and discover the opportunities and pitfalls that the internet and technologies present and the behaviours they engender. It has been my pleasure to have worked with Robyn Treyvaud over the last decade in safeguarding children online and I can see her unrelenting energy, optimism and clear and pragmatic advice is bottled and injected into The Parents' Survival Guide to Children, Technology and the Internet.
This book is simply a must for all parents. Read on and explore the digital world with your children.
Marsali S. Hancock, CEO & President EP3 Foundation USA
The best online health and safety book on the market! It is a must read for every family or individuals working with children and young people. The Parents' Survival Guide to Children, Technology and the Internet, gives parents the mission-critical information needed to help their child thrive in a digital culture.
Based on facts and well-curated research, Robyn Treyvaud, a world leader in child and adolescent online health and wellness brings parents the most important concepts to help them manage the digital lives of their family...both adults and children. She provides quick and easy insights for parents to be more connected with their children, happily engaged with them, and confident in their role as managers of the media diet. Robyn saves parents time looking for solutions. She brings a proactive approach to drastically reduce online risks drawing on the values that underpin a strong moral compass. This book goes beyond psychology because it embeds the key internet safety risks, challenges and opportunities. In addition, questions encouraging parents to reflect on their own digital practices and conversation starters to use with their family are a value add to the reading experience.
Over the past fifteen years of working on 6 continents with internationally recognised online safety experts, Robyn Treyvaud is the best. She is the only person I know who can pack an auditorium with parents wanting to know more and do more about online safety.
This book is the auditorium!
The Parents' Survival Guide to Children, Technology and the Internet gives parents the hope and the confidence to be more empowered and engaged with their family as they navigate the digital culture...together.