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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Review – The Parent’s Guide to Facebook by Kathryn Rose


Title: The Parent's Guide to Facebook

Author: Kathryn Rose

Publisher: CreateSpace

Buy Link: Buy The Parent's Guide to Facebook Here!

Rating: You Want to Read

Reviewed By: Janelle


The Parent's Guide to Facebook is a step-by-step guide focusing on using Facebook as another window into your children's life, friends, attitudes and online actions. Facebook is the world's largest social network. To make sure people enjoy connecting with their friends and loved ones while protecting their privacy online, just follow this simple guide. Let the author walk you through the steps from the start of the sign up process all the way through setting up a group, uploading pictures, writing status updates, and do's and don'ts of privacy on Facebook.


I'll start with a confession: I'm not a parent. I was a Sophomore in college when Facebook first started to get big, and I've had a page since then. So I can see this issue from both sides.

I have to give this book credit for not giving into the fear mongering that inevitably surrounds sites like Facebook. It is easy to blame these site for all the ills of the world, while forgetting that those ills have been around long before even computers were invented. This book instead focuses on using Facebook as safely as possible, while acknowledging that nothing is perfect.

On the down side, there are a lot of places that boarder on paranoid; saying that such things as relationship status should be hidden to prevent bullying by other children. There are also places where the books seems to suggest a parent should change their child's page. This is a major violation of privacy, and is not going to make your child open up to you.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for your comments. As the author, and a parent, I will say that I did not suggest that anyone change a child's page--you are correct that would be a major violation of privacy, just that they sat down with their child and reviewed the "info" section and made sure they did not fill in any information that was not necessary i.e. their home address. For younger teens, I suggest the parents hold the password so they can be aware of what is going on within the network.

    As for hiding the relationship status, many other parents I have spoken to have expressed that it is in fact a sore point with teens. There have been many news reports regarding incidents (some with fatal consequences) that have been precipitated by this change so I felt it was worth addressing.

    I appreciate you taking the time to review the book and hope that you may have learned some things about protecting yourself and your privacy while still enjoying all the wonderful connections you can make on Facebook.


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