Cybertraps for the Young Hardcover – Aug 15 2011
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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
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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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.
"Cybertraps" informs parents of ways that their children might become not only high-tech victims, but also cyber-perps. The author outlines current technologies and potential pitfalls, then gives straightforward advice on ways that parents can supervise and guide their children's use of all the fancy electronic gadgetry that surrounds them.
Author Lane has an impressive background in privacy, technology, and the law, and is a father and former school board chair to boot. Well-researched, highly readable, and including real-world experience, this is a book that would be a welcome companion to any parent whose kids are using any technologies from computers to tablets to cell phones (that is, to just about every parent).