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Well new undercover study finds child predators are using social networks like FaceBook to be friend unsuspecting children.
And cyber bullying has led to tragedy for family after family in recent -- so how do you keep your kids safe.
James Dyer is the author of the book talking back to FaceBook thank you for joining us great to be here and in addition to those safety concerns and privacy concerns there -- just that the social concerns as well you you say that this digital media explosion is just a a huge cultural phenomenon that changes everything are we paying enough attention.
I don't think we are and that's why -- -- talking back to FaceBook you know.
Lots of kids today -- reveal before they self reflect.
So that can be a part of cyber bullying or sexting but this is a reality every parent out there needs to understand and do something about.
It's just the cyber bullying which is so vicious and were were focusing on not a lot.
But there's just doesn't this hurtful things you mention a girl in your book who killed herself because she saw pictures of a party that she wasn't invited to.
Very hurtful just looking at other people living their lives -- feeling that you elect is and is good.
That's right and you know with FaceBook and other social media platforms you know kids constantly compare themselves to other people in a recent study showed that over 50% of people feel.
There's something not as good about them at the other people actually and girls so I have two teenage daughters.
Girls today Photoshop they're images on FaceBook they're constantly curator in their pictures to present the right -- and they're sort of a presentation anxiety that goes with that.
Yeah and it's also about what you say you have to -- the witty comments on Twitter I don't know a lot of pressure.
And meanwhile -- -- -- in their bedrooms -- in the -- was talking face to face anymore that's great.
And you don't think about it I'm sitting here talking -- paddy has so I can see you smile I know your mom you know what it's like a doctor -- get kind of like cut my kids.
But when you can just do something meet with a click of a mouse or on your phone it's a lot -- -- it's less personal.
You don't know what the emotion is involved so this is a fundamental change in the way that human beings relate to each other particularly young people so we need to.
Educate ourselves and talk back and your book which -- -- has a lot of fantastic tips we don't have time for all of them but you know what what are some of the most important advice you'd give to parents who are trying to monitor kids usage well I think two things first of all you need to do your homework okay so if -- -- on FaceBook you need to go on FaceBook there page.
Need to understand how it works and -- -- clear limits.
The second thing is.
You and I both know this -- parents you need to be a role model I mean if you're always glued to your Blackberry.
Or you're not paying attention your kids because you're too too busy on your own FaceBook page your computer that you're not setting that example in our town for example.
You cannot have a device at the dinner table or any meal time so I think parents have to be wrong models and there are some very basic common sense tips that all of us as moms and dads can use and we can talk back to FaceBook.
And take care market and and it's all in the book and also web -- talking back to FaceBook just dire thank you so much for joining us.
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