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Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons to Reform Social Media Be4 It Re-Forms Us [Paperback]

Raffi Cavoukian
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars #lightwebdarkweb is a vital read for SM users Oct. 25 2013
Format:Paperback
I knew I was in for an emotional read when I opened the book and stared at the name of the wonderful person it was dedicated to - Amanda Todd.

As a parent I thought I was doing something good for my daughter (Rehtaeh Parsons) when I allowed her to begin using a computer when she was three. She took to it fast and loved playing the many educational games I bought her. Soon enough, she was online with her own little farm and friends. I never dreamed such a powerful communication tool could turn out to be as evil as it is good and contribute in such a big way to her ending her life years later.

Raffi does an good job of pulling apart the puzzle of our online lives and puts the pieces back in the places they should have been in all along. This book shouldn’t be missed if you’re a parent trying to navigate your children safely through the world of social media and the deadly monster it can be or if you’re concerned about the world and the impact electronic living has on it.

#Lightwebdarkweb is divided into three parts: Safety, Intelligence, and Sustainability. All are interconnected and each comes with it’s own set of issues and problems.
Safety is of course vital for everyone, not just parents, and recent events have highlighted the importance of reforming how we use social media. Governments the world over are scrambling with ways to address the newest disease of cyperbullying. From the the United Kingdom to Japan, we’re trying to find ways to deal with a set of situations many of us couldn’t dream of a few short years ago. Sexting, child pornography by children, unrelenting bullying, and the horrific act of capturing sex crimes with a cellphone camera and sharing it with the world as if the victim meant nothing at all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Dayna
Format:Paperback
Lightweb Darkweb is a must read for parents, educators and the like. As a parent, I find the "digital age" both intriguing and frightening. I believe we are putting too much responsibility into our children's hands without first teaching the rules, safety and etiquette of the social web.
Lightweb Darkweb gives us much needed information as well as hope for the future of safe web browsing and online interactions, safe, sustainable work environments and products, and the comfort of knowing it's all attainable.

~The most important book you can read before placing the keys into your children's hands.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vital conversation about technology and kids Aug. 30 2013
Format:Paperback
A superb overview and thoughtful examination of key issues in the web, social media and technology, and our profound need for deep reflection and reform. There's no time like the present to, as quoted author James Steyer suggests, "limit the perils... and maximize the extraordinary opportunities this digital world presents."

Raffi Cavoukian's chops go well beyond his musical gifts and ability to connect with children--he reveals in Lightweb Darkweb a powerful intellectual grasp of long-overdue social questions about the nature and role of technology in our world. Further, the book and its extensive supplemental notes and bibiography comprise an excellent summary of key web thinkers and influencers and the issues that capture their imagination.

The book is divided into three broad areas in need of reform: Safety, Intelligence, Sustainability.

In the section on safety, Cavoukian explores the threats posed by surprising and serious security gaps in technologies and networks commonly accessible to children. In doing so, he posits a compelling case for mandating much tougher industry standards and Safety by Design.

The section on Intelligence reviews approaches by developmental psychologists and sociologists concerned about the impact of technology on children's enculturation, and the long-range consequences of inaction and neglect of our children's interests. Taking the section as a whole, it is difficult to make the case that Cavoukian is alarmist or out-dated. We ARE changing the deep structure of our cultures with little reflection or consideration.

The final section on Sustainability is a paean to how our relationship with the web impacts our relationship with the Earth itself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read Book For All Parents Dec 13 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Raffi's latest book #lightwebdarkweb is an important book for any parent raising children in today's digital environment. Raffi has done his homework and brings together the latest research with his over arching message of action steps we each need to take to keep the best of the web while protecting our children from pitfalls many will be shocked to learn about.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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It is important for parents to consider how they introduce technology to their children -- because ultimately they are the ones who set the tone for it's use. I found this book helpful to understanding how the internet can be both wonderful and a dangerous place for our children. I believe parents will find the information useful to guiding their children in using technology and mobile devices safely. Well done, Raffi.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book. I highly recommend. Nov. 16 2013
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Thank you Raffi Cavoukian for writing this thoroughly researched and well informative book . #Lightwebdarkweb -Three reasons To reform Social Media Be-4 it Re-Forms us.
There is no better time than the present to address the Impact social media is having on our society and especially those of our young children.
I applaud Raffi for his continued concern for the well being and safety of our world’s children. Also I commend this great Troubadour and Children’s champion for urging all citizens to be more informed, to reflect upon, take positive actions and open the discussions on the critical need for social media reform.
As a preschool and kindergarten teacher for over 27 years, a parent of 2 teenagers, a (Darkness to Light) Stewart of children, dedicated community volunteer for children, youth and teen organizations, an advocate for Child Honouring, I highly recommend all parents , and the like, educators, and everyone working with children to read this book.
Raffi highlights 3 very important key issues, safety, intelligence, and sustainability. He backs up his concerns with data that is clear and easy to understand. He calls on all parents, educators, government’s, all social media communications to take action in providing a “Safety-Net” for all users especially our young and vulnerable children. Presently, that is not the case!!
As a parent I have illustrated the importance of family time, screen free time, and teaching the value of meaningful relationships in our family, extended family and peers. As Raffi indicates it is crucial to keep the lines of communications open with our children.
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5.0 out of 5 stars help "turn this world around" - read this book
Raffi's genuine concern and compassion for young people shines through every page of this book. He offers many practical strategies and suggestions to help protect our young people... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kristin Wiens
5.0 out of 5 stars A book all parents and teachers should read
I was asked to read this book to be involved in a discussion about the internet. What I really appreciated was Raffi presents both the positive aspects of the web and brings... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Judi Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars An important read
Raffi walks the talk when in comes to honoring children. Turns out this children's entertainer can be a very serious guy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Seth Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Thinking critically about the world around us!
While keenly aware of the benefits provided by technology in the 21st century, he provides very clear reminders of what is truly important to consider when raising a healthy... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Deborah McCallum
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped me understand how children are being affected
My children began using infotech as adults, and I wasn't aware of the extent to which youth are living their lives in a digital reality until I read Raffi's book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jan
5.0 out of 5 stars An important book for parents and educators
"Social media virtuality and tech devices represents the greatest intrusion on child development since tv... Read more
Published 9 months ago by elizzzibeth
5.0 out of 5 stars An important conversation-starter
Lightweb Darkweb is the beginning of an important conversation about the effects of social media on children, and indeed, the rest of us. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kristin Cavoukian
5.0 out of 5 stars Warning: proceed with caution!
What a thoughtful, well-researched, easy-to-read and timely book!

I have three grown daughters. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lael
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightweb Darkweb Opens Your Eyes to the Web
Lightweb Darkweb is a critical reference for parents, teen, educators, and anyone who is interested in the reality of the Web. Read more
Published 10 months ago by K. McLaughlin
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