The Online World, What You Think You Know and What You Don't: 4 Critical Tools for Raising Kids in the Digital Age (Paperback)

The Online World, What You Think You Know and What You Don't: 4 Critical Tools for Raising Kids in the Digital Age By Rania Mankarious, Laura Berman (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Rania Mankarious, Laura Berman (Foreword by)
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Every Child Who Has Access to a Smartphone, Tablet, Computer, or Video Games is at Risk

But NOW You Can Help Keep Them Safe.

Would you ever consider putting your child on a plane and sending them to a foreign country alone? Of course, you wouldn't. And while that seems like an extreme example...guess what, mom and dad-that's exactly what you do when you hand your child a device without preparation. There are hundreds of millions of users on any given platform on any given day. Suffice it to say, when you give your child access to the online world, you give the world access to your child.

"The most dangerous neighborhood for your child to be in is in your own house, online."

--Eleanor Gaetan, Director of Public Policy at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Aside from the half-million predators targeting millions upon millions of kids each day, drug dealers, pornography, sextortion, cyberbullying, gaming addiction are all threats to our children. While most experts agree that you should just keep your kids off the internet, in today's world, that's almost impossible.Technology will find it's way into your child's life and so parents, we must prepare our children for this world so we can keep them healthy and safe.

Finally--A Solution Parents Love That Kids Can Live With

This is the first book with a plan designed to keep kids safe anywhere they go online In "The Online World: What You Think You Know and What You Don't" Rania Mankarious, Public Safety Expert and CEO of Crime Stoppers Houston, pulls back the curtain to the online world and helps parents take all the intangible gray space that can seem so overwhelming, and turn it into defined territories with boundaries to protect our tweens and teens.

In this book, Rania shares her 4-Tool Strategy that will guide you and your child through real discussions about how to safely navigate the online world.

Tool #1 Will: Define with clarity your child's purpose for being online and how they will portray themselves to the online community.

Tool #2 Will: Pull back the curtain on who really is in your child's online community, and how to recognize the three red flags everyone should be aware of.

Tool #3 Will: Make your child aware of the many internal and external dangers of the online world, and develop an exit strategy so they are prepared when a threat comes their way.

Tool #4 Will: Teach your child what it means to post safely-and give them a framework they will be excited to follow

What Rania has discovered is that if we focus on these four areas, and empower our kids with knowledge and strategy, we can address ALL the possible areas of online concern for parents. Best of all, these solutions will stand over time, regardless of how the landscape of the online world changes. Order your copy today and protect the kids you love

Product Details
ISBN: 9781737885924
ISBN-10: 1737885921
Publisher: Silversmith Press
Publication Date: December 1st, 2021
Pages: 316
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.


And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.


15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.


50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.


Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.


Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.


Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.



Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.


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