Aside from the occasional Guest Post (usually by my husband which indicates at least a close proximity to the book), I am committed to reading all of the books I write about on my blog. However, this one came across my radar and I thought I would put it out there before reading it, mainly because ironically I am unable to get my hands on a copy. This book looks hugely important for parents and anyone who is interested in how social media affects youth. It has gotten excellent reviews and it’s not just about Facebook.
Firstly, about the book: “In this essential book, Steyer-a frequent commentator on national TV and radio- offers an engaging blend of straightforward advice and anecdotes that address what he calls RAP, the major pitfalls relating to kids’ use of media and technology: relationship issues, attention/addiction problems, and the lack of privacy. Instead of shielding children completely from online images and messages, Steyer’s practical approach gives parents essential tools to help filter content, preserve good relationships with their children, and make common sense, value-driven judgments for kids of all ages.
Not just about Facebook, this comprehensive, no-nonsense guide to the online world, media, and mobile devices belongs in the hands of all parents and educators raising kids in today’s digital age.”
Secondly, here is my dilemma in finding a copy. Sometimes it is interesting to see how the publishing world works. In the UK it is available from two online booksellers only in ebook but not compatible with my Kindle. It is not available at my local UK library nor my library in Canada. Amazon.com doesn’t have the Kindle edition for it, whereas Amazon.ca does. This is weird because it is an American author who works for an American company called Common Sense Media. My Kindle is registered for .com so .ca won’t sell it to me. The good news if you are in North America, is that hard copies can be found at bookstores (and for Kobo from Chapters), but since I am in UK now I decided to post without reading, get the title out to you, and hope to catch up with a copy later in NA. Good luck and let me know if you think it’s good!