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Parenting for the Digital Generation

The Parent’s Guide to Digital Education and the Online World

An introduction to the next project designed to help parents and educators navigate the complex worlds of online education, privacy, and technology use

Parenting for the Digital Generation provides the first practical handbook for parents, grandparents, teachers, and counselors who want to understand both the opportunities and the threats that exist for the generation of digital natives who are more familiar with a smartphone than they are with a paper book. This book provides practical, jargon-free information regarding the online environment and the experience that children and young adults engage in both inside and outside the classroom.

The world has gone digital, and there is no going back. Electronic shopping carts have replaced malls and department stores, television has moved to online streaming, education has moved to online portals, and telephone calls have been replaced with texts, tweets, and Zoom sessions. Changes already transforming the national economy and culture were dramatically accelerated because of the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing this transition on every family in America and throughout the world.

The book is organized into four sections. The first section introduces readers to the fundamentals of the online environment, exploring the nature of the modern Internet environment and the ways children and young adults experience the online world on their computers and mobile devices.

The second section provides chapters on the various structural, practical, and regulatory aspects of teaching and learning online. It offers practical advice on how to use the technologies available for online education, how to address IEPs and accessibility issues, and how the parents can be actively involved in their children’s classroom and homework exercises.

The third section explores the broader online world that children and young adults use for their entertainment, education, and socialization. The chapters address cyberbullying and many of the social challenges to the online environment with clear explanations of those areas and realistic strategies for managing the online challenges. The chapters also provide suggestions on how to harness the best of the online environment to create positive social, cultural, and creative opportunities for young adults online and offline

Finally, in the last section, the book provides chapters on some of the more dangerous aspects of the Internet, providing information about what to look for without sensationalizing the risk. These chapters provide clear data regarding the online risks and straightforward directions about when parents need to intervene in high-risk situations.

The book provides an essential roadmap for any parents hoping to understand the environment in which their children are living, and a set of keys to unlock the world of the Internet that is often locked behind buzzwords and hype.