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It is rampant nowadays to see very young children who have not yet learned how to read but are adept at navigating around devices like an iPad, or an iPhone. While some parents are not as tech-savvy as their children, they must gain enough knowledge to monitor their children's behavior on social media and grab the opportunity while it is easier to monitor, to set ground rules and to ensure that the children’s social experiences stay positive, safe, and enriching.
How do we prevent our children from getting a ‘Social Tattoo’? The Social Tattoo: A Parent’s Guide to Social Media by Kelly Williams - Richardson is a comprehensive guide to the good, the bad, and the ugly of social media; at the same time, it looks at the overall picture, offering advice, tips on management and a few handy cheats. It walks us through a vast of knowledge presented in a simplistic array of the topics that could help us keep our kids safe and teach them how to leave positive digital footprints. At the end of the book, there is a list of the most popular social media sites and what they are used for, and a number of slang words featuring the most popular social or text acronyms. It also includes The Social Tattoo Agreement which can be printed for free in A4 format. Written above are the things this book has, which makes it shine the brightest among the books and the blogs of the same genre. This nonfiction book was published by Spiderwize in 2018. It has 44 standard pages (134 pages on eReader Prestigio); 250 words per page.
As a parent of two kids (14-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son), who are on social media, I occasionally monitor my kids online because I am aware of the perils of the virtual world - trolls, bullies, pedophiles, and sexual predators. The worst scene is that they might accidentally get into websites which stream porn videos and promote suicide challenges. Being added to their Facebook accounts, I could receive notifications whenever they post and interact with their peers. I send them private messages to discuss and to give pieces of advice whenever I could smell something fishy on their posts, likes, shares, and comments. I had warned them of stranger-danger, too.
Generally, I am already aware of the topics in this book since I had learned them by surfing online. I had downloaded an app which sends notifications of the new apps and games. I had been on social media, in forums, and in chat rooms where I had known those slang words, social texts, and acronyms. What I have just known for reading this book are the results of the surveys revolving around social media that the author conducted in schools. The knowledge I had about the book's topics does not deviate the book's value. This is such a great compilation to educate those parents who need more knowledge about social media, devices settings, and internet navigation.
I laud the author for her efforts in writing every little details that parents need to guide the children from the emotional and psychological stresses of social media - most especially the social media manners, to prevent the children from getting a ‘Social Tattoo’ which could possibly damage their future career and those possible events that might cause them regrets. The author gives emphasis to avoid the ‘Social Tattoo’ (which is like a body tattoo) that leaves a scar even if lasered out. I love the author's simplistic, conversational writing style that even the lay people could easily understand. Another thing I love about this book is that it's not demanding the parents to strictly implement the author's guidelines. In fact, it encourages communication with the children and suggests family bonding activities.
There is nothing I don't like in this book. The true-to-life examples were given the full details the moment they were re-mentioned. The errors ranging from a missing word and the few missing punctuations did not hinder the reading flow and my enjoyment. This makes The Social Tattoo: A Parent’s Guide to Social Media by Kelly Williams - Richardson deserving of the perfect 4 out of 4 stars rating. I recommend this book to the general crowd because it is a wholesome eye-opener. The message of this book is that it is never too early to get good practices in place and it is our social responsibility to take note and to share.
The Social Tattoo
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