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Cybertraps for the Young [Hardcover]

Frederick S. Lane

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Book Description

Aug. 15 2011 0984053174 978-0984053179

Approaching the risks for children on the Internet in a thought-provoking and intellectual manner, this study skillfully integrates contemporary news reports and disturbing legal cases to show how Facebook and other ready-made forums for information exchange are breaking down boundaries of privacy and facilitating a growing number of criminal convictions for cyberbullying, child pornography, hacking, and copyright infringement. Also included is a discussion of how the widespread use of camera phones, mobile tablets, and social media sites has given rise to a new and dangerous practice among teens: sexting. This reference provides parents with an authoritative lesson in cyberethics and practical instructions for instituting household internet policies, as well as school officials and communities with lessons on how to educate children about the responsible use of emerging mobile technologies.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 324 pages
  • Publisher: NTI Upstream (Aug. 15 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984053174
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984053179
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 15.8 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,670,734 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Lane has a gift: the ability to explain complex matters so non-lawyers can comprehend the important nuances. Cybertraps for the Young should be standard issue for parents of all ages.”  —Mike Brunker, projects editor, msnbc.com



“Lane has kept apace with youths’ interest in the next new thing and is clearly attuned to how our imagined sense of privacy is an illusion, and even more so for our children.”  —Sharon Lamb, chair and professor of mental health, University of Massachusetts



“Evolutions in technology have reshaped the landscape of parenting and educating in the 21st century. Parents must take affirmative steps to adequately provide children with support and monitoring necessary to support healthy, responsible use of these technologies.”  —Michael Touchette, digital forensics examiner, Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force



"Lane provides an invaluable guide for parents concerned about a set of techno-pitfalls unprecedented in human history. That he does so with wit, candor, and grace is fortunate for all who must confront the twenty-first century dangers waiting to ensnare unmoored children."  —Elizabeth Breau, ForeWord Magazine


"Frederick S. Lane's Cybertraps for the Young is a wake-up call to parents to recognize the potentially horrifying consequences of their children's use of the latest electronic gizmos. In a well-organized format, the author demonstrates how children are using computers and mobile phones to bully and harass; to take nude photos of themselves and others, and then send those photos to hundreds; to cheat in school; to steal intellectual property; to purchase tobacco, alcohol and drugs; to commit a variety of crimes — often unknowingly — from identity theft to hacking to invasion of privacy, to libel, defamation, plagiarism and copyright infringement."  —Arthur Vanderbilt II, New Jersey Star-Ledger

About the Author

Frederick Lane is an attorney, an expert witness, and a professional speaker on the legal and cultural implications of emerging technology. He is the author of six books, including The Decency Wars and The Naked Employee, and has appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and MSNBC. For the past 12 years he has worked as a computer forensics expert, serving on a wide variety of cases, including stalking, copyright infringement, embezzlement, intellectual property, sexting, obscenity, and child pornography. He is the former chairman of the Burlington School Board. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative resource Aug. 21 2011
By Shelleyrae - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a relatively cyber savvy parent I have made every effort to ensure my teenage daughter is educated about the pitfalls of online communication. We discussed the issues regarding privacy, the dangers of online predators, viruses, and many of the other traps that Lane outlines in this book. Initially we monitored her use of her mobile phone, computer and the internet but as she grew older it was more difficult to insist on access as she naturally became more independent and electronic communication became a feature of her social life. Despite our efforts, and with the disregard for consequences that plague adolescence, she made a stupid mistake, all the more shocking to me because I sincerely never thought it was likely to happen for any number of reasons - not the least being she had been educated about the risks of making poor choices. Luckily it was something we were able to reverse but I quickly realised just how easy it is for an otherwise sensible teenager to give into an impulse and potentially derail their future.
In Cybertraps for the Young, Lane examines the issues that children face online with regard to the legal ramifications of careless communication. Covering topics such as cyber bullying, identity theft, online gambling, fraud and sexting, he uses examples from the headlines to illustrate cases that have resulted in criminal and civil liability for the teenage perpetrators. The law is slowly but surely catching up with new technologies and online users are increasingly being held accountable for their virtual actions.
Lane emphasises the need for the digital native generation to be educated about the responsible use of technology. Few consider the ease and scale in which sensitive information can be used against them both immediately and in the future. Fewer still are aware that they are not as invisible as they may think they are when they navigate the net with fake usernames. In this age of information, anonymity on the internet is a myth that children fail to appreciate.
Lane's specific interpretation of the American legal statutes had only peripheral relevance to me, but I expect that the laws would be similar in most first world countries, including my own. I do think the information is valuable in that it provides parents with an example of concrete consequences to share with their child. Children need to be aware that their virtual behaviour has the same potential for implications as their real world behaviour, and they have the same, if not better chance of being caught.
Lane also offers some practical suggestions for parents wishing to better monitor electronic usage and has established a companion website for additional resources and latest information.
In order to protect our children from both themselves and others, adults need to be aware of the issues they face in the digital age. While the text can be a bit dry in places, Cybertraps for the Young is an informative resource for parents and educators who are concerned about their child's online participation.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cybertraps for the young Aug. 16 2011
By ms librarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Cybertraps for the young is an important and helpful up-to-date resource for parents who want to keep their children safe while using digital devices. Fred Lane has a refreshing writing style that makes this book easy to read and understand. It is great to be able to obtain a book that is so comprehensive regarding the myriad of digital traps that our children can become involved in and the legal consequences of those actions.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific guide for worried parents Sept. 22 2011
By Joanne L. Harpel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This informative book offers a detailed and compelling look at the surprising number of legal problems your child can face online from plagiarism to sexting. This book provides you with clear explanations of technologies that are second nature to your child, and practical tips on how to discuss them effectively with your own children. I found this book to be a disturbing yet important exploration of a new range of dangers for today's kids.
5.0 out of 5 stars With limited time for leisure in our fast-paced world Cybertraps is a read- du- jour June 5 2014
By argus - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Tons of titles abound dealing with our high-tech gadgets and at times highly controversial presentations promoted breathlessly to market and to sell them all.
If you have only a finite number of hours to peruse the written words in a book format, at that, please do not skip this opus by Lane (an attorney in practice).
Being well-informed and current is the only way to gain credibility and peace of mind. If any.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for every parent Aug. 26 2013
By Thomas Lakso - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is a must read for every parent. With teen suicide being the number two causes of death

for teens. This book will help parents and children see the real danger emotionally and physically that

children can face in the cyber world.

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