Parents Write, Publish MySpace Safety Book

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The new book "MySpace Safety: 51 Tips for Teens and Parents" is the first detailed guide about The book was written and published by Kevin and Dale Farnham, whose youngest child was one of the first MySpace members.

"MySpace Safety: 51 Tips for Teens and Parents" is the first detailed guide about The book was written by Kevin and Dale Farnham. Excepts from the book can be viewed at the publisher's site

The Farnhams' "MySpace Safety" project which includes the web site has drawn praise from online safety experts, including CBS News On-Air Technology Analyst Larry Magid. Larry interviewed Kevin regarding safety-related details of, and included Kevin’s comments in his "Buckle In For Safety On The Web" article that was published at on April 25, 2006.

Kevin was also a primary source for an article about virtual identity and crime on the Internet, written by Yuk Hui for Asian Weekly, the leading globally circulated Chinese newsweekly magazine.

"MySpace Safety: 51 Tips for Teens and Parents" analyzes every facet of the site, and presents practical advice to teens and parents on how to use the site safely and responsibly.

For parents, who surely have heard a lot about MySpace in the news, but who may not know much about the site through first-hand experience, the book is a detailed guide, a user's manual that can be applied to enable the parent to navigate the site and understand exactly what MySpace is all about.

For teens who are about to join MySpace, the book provides practical guidelines on how to sign up, configure their account, and use the site features without exposing themselves to risk. For teens who already have MySpace accounts, the book provides the steps for modifying settings and removing personal information that adds to risk.

The book also includes script code that alters a user's page to avoid certain kinds of undesirable contact. The authors address the growing problem presented by malicious hackers, spammers, profile tracker spyware, and phishing scams. The book concludes with a look at the possible future impact and repercussions of personal information posted on MySpace today.

Visit to read excerpts from "MySpace Safety: 51 Tips for Teens and Parents." The book is available in a paperback edition or a downloadable digital edition (requires Adobe Reader).

About the Authors

Kevin and Dale Farnham are the parents of two children, now in college, who began using their computers for online social interaction, online gaming, and work/study related tasks early on. Kevin Farnham is a computer/software professional who has written articles for Linux Journal,, and Kevin has also been a technical editor and reviewer for many computer software books published by SAMS and Wrox Press. MySpace Safety is Dale Farnham’s first professional writing endeavor.

About the Book

Authors: Kevin Farnham, Dale Farnham

Publisher: How-To Primers, Pomfret, CT

ISBN: 0-9778833-5-3

LCCN: 2006924027

Categories: Computers-Internet-World Wide Web; Family & Relationships-Life Stages-Teenagers

Length: 184 pages

Binding: 6" x 9" paperback

Publish Date: May 2006

Retail Price: $14.95 (print); $7.95 (digital)



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