Nadia and Kaye Parent Alert! How To Keep Your Kids Safe Online with Security Expert Will Geddes Book Review.
From the book: I drum into my girls at every opportunity that unless they know the person they’re talking to online in real life, they can’t be sure they are who they say they are – Nadia
Considering I write a public blog and I spend so much time on online and on social media, I thought I was completely tech savvy and pretty much an expert when it came to advising my teenager and tween on how to stay safe online.
I was wrong though, the problem is that social media keeps changing, as does the rest of the internet. My teenager uses forms of social media and they both use apps and whatnot that I don’t use. This means that I don’t instantly know about the pitfalls of them or get alerted when there has been some sort of update that changes things.
I didn’t realise until I saw a video by Nadia Sawalha and her daughter, that Snapchat had introduced a thing called Snap maps, which meant that unless you had it set to ghost mode, then your friends could see exactly where you were and what you were doing at any point of the day or night if the app was running.
Slightly creepy right?! It didn’t worry me massively though, as my children are only ever allowed to be friends with real-life friends on anything and their accounts are always as private as possible.
When I was offered a copy of Nadia and Kaye Parent Alert! How To Keep Your Kids Safe Online with Security Expert Will Geddes book to review though, I said yes out of interest to see what else I might not know about Tweens and Teens using the internet and to see if it might be a good resource for other parents too.
The book is set out in really easy to use sections and covers all sorts from how to start the conversations with your children if that’s something that you struggle with, to sexting, online porn, social media, online bullying and trolls.
From the book: 25% of children have received hateful comments online.
There’s also a handy index at the back, so if it’s specifically for example Snapchat that you wanted to read up on, the index lists all the pages where Snapchat is mentioned.
The book is a bit of a worrying read, as it explains how some of the online predators can manage to groom children and also throughout the book there are real life examples of things parents have discovered their children have been doing online or people being scammed or worse.
But it’s an empowering book for parents in my opinion, as it helps us to know how to spot the signs and also how to hopefully prevent it happening in the first place. If your children are now getting to the age where they have their own devices and go online without you, then I definitely recommend a read of this book.
From the book: Act now and get savvy to ensure your kids can enjoy the best of the internet and social media – without the risks.
Forewarned is forearmed after all and if we can teach our children how to be as safe online as possible from the start and have those ‘awkward’ conversations with them, then the internet will be a much safer place for them to spend time.
Even for me someone who is online A LOT, this book told me a few things that I didn’t know, including how to make your connection to public Wi-Fi safer and more. There are several bits in the book that I’ll be discussing with the boys to make sure that they know about as well, although I have always been very open and honest with them about the risks that there are in using the internet.
The online world is a pretty amazing one, one that has created a career for myself and so many others and there are so many positives to the information that we can access, so I don’t ever want the boys to feel really wary or scared of going online, but I do want them to be safe and having these conversations and reading books like this can help with that.