Talking Back to Facebook by James Steyer

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Steyer’s practical approach gives parents some great tools and idea to help filter content, preserve good relationships with their children, and make commonsense, value-driven judgments for kids of all ages.
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A smart, urgently needed book that helps parents and their kids navigate today’s online landscape—from the founder and CEO of the nation’s leading authority on kids and the media.

Now, more than ever, parents need help in navigating their kids’ online, media-saturated lives. Jim Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading kidsand- media organization, and the father of four children, knows that many parents and teachers—unlike their technology-savvy kids—may be tourists in the online world.

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.
 

About James Steyer

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James P. Steyer has spent more than twenty years as one of the most respected experts and entrepreneurs on issues related to children's policy and media in the United States. As founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, he is responsible for the overall leadership of the nation's leading nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the media lives of kids and families. Steyer began his career as an elementary school teacher and went on to become a nationally respected child advocate, public interest lawyer, and Stanford professor. Jim lives with his wife and four children in the Bay Area. 
 
Published May 8, 2012 by Scribner. 226 pages
Genres: Other, Political & Social Sciences, Computers & Technology, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Talking Back to Facebook
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 15 2012

A useful, nuts-and-bolts handbook for concerned parents.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on May 07 2012

Though he offers nothing Earth-shatteringly new--it is a common sense guide, after all--the earnestness and conviction with which Steyer addresses his topic effectively highlights the many pitfalls of growing up with Facebook, and most importantly--how to avoid them.

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Mike Musgrove on May 11 2012

Tell somebody, for example, how to change his privacy settings on Facebook today and the required mouseclicks might change tomorrow. Rheingold and Steyer are generally savvy enough to avoid such pitfalls, but what’s left is suggestions that sometimes feel vague or obvious.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Excellent
Reviewed by Nan Cappo on May 29 2012

James Steyer has provided a road map to transform the seductive online world into a healthy environment for families.

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Helen's Book Blog

Good
Reviewed by Helen on Jul 12 2012

I'll tell you this: I am going to check my own privacy settings!

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Of Books and Boys

Good
Reviewed by Wendy on Sep 26 2012

The book didn't lionize technology as completely evil, but realistically addressed some of the issues which have arisen as we have made rapid advancements in this area.

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Kevin's Meandering Mind

Good
Reviewed by Kevin on Jun 06 2012

What I like is that Steyer, while giving solid advice to parents, also calls Facebook, Google and others onto the floor, arguing strongly that leaders of those corporations have a moral obligation to protect our children, and they have not yet lived up to that obligation.

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Digital Family Summit

Good
Reviewed by Adam Gertsacov on May 25 2012

Steyer’s practical approach gives parents some great tools and idea to help filter content, preserve good relationships with their children, and make commonsense, value-driven judgments for kids of all ages.

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