Cambridge, UK (PRWEB) February 28, 2008
A new booklet from Christian publishers Grove Books, entitled Staying Safe Online, offers up-to-date and practical advice on helping children and teenagers to use the internet safely.
For young people, the internet provides a place to express themselves, be creative, and push boundaries in a way they cannot in the 'real' world. But alongside the opportunities there are dangers.
This informed study helps concerned adults to understand how young people use the internet, what the dangers are, what safeguards can be put in place--and how to respond if and when inappropriate use of the internet does take place. It includes many real-life examples of how things can go wrong.
Online risks may include cyberbullying, addiction, the encouragement of suicide, suicide pacts, identity theft, sexual predators, exposure to imagery, and the growing problem of self-generated risk.
"Self-generated risk is a big problem," said Nicola David, author of the booklet. "Young people, mostly teenage girls, are increasingly posting, emailing or streaming provocative images of themselves wearing little or no clothing. Since to them this feels safer than experimenting in the real world, this affects Christian families as much as anyone.
"Unfortunately, what girls don't understand is that nothing stays private on the web. Even within a private social networking profile, such images can place them at risk from sexual predators and blackmailers, and can also cause harm in other ways. For example, employers and universities increasingly research applicants' names using search engines--and they may turn down job or college applicants if they don't like what they find."
This booklet is a timely and practical resource for anyone concerned with young people's well-being and safety, both in Christian and secular contexts. It is invaluable in promoting understanding and helping to develop policy in family, church, youth group and school settings.
Staying Safe Online is available as a hard copy and as an e-book from Grove Books at http://www.grovebooks.co.uk, and is published in their 'Youth' series. It is accompanied by extensive online resources, including a list of further reading and websites of interest, plus a set of case studies to use for discussion, training and workshop purposes. The booklet is priced at £2.95 including postage and packing, and is available to international customers.
About Grove Books:
Grove Books is an evangelical Anglican publishing house attached to Ridley Hall Theological College, Cambridge, England. It aims to stimulate and equip the Christian community by providing clear and concise explorations of Christian living and ministry. Each of the Grove Books series (Biblical, Ethics, Evangelism, Pastoral, Renewal, Spirituality, Worship and Youth) publishes a new title each quarter.
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