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Teens in Cyber Space

Disconnected
Parenting Teens in a MySpace World
Clark and Clark
2007

The title alone makes this book weed worthy. However, the idea of this book is still pretty good. The book is written for parents about the realities of an Internet driven world for teens. For 2007, this was an excellent choice for parents looking for a parenting guide for the world that had Internet and social media. I also liked that for a Christian oriented theme, it offers more than “hopes and prayers” or lock up your kids and take away the Internet advice. Non Christian parents would also find this book helpful. Clark published Hurt 2.0 in 2011 and it looks like he is picking up on the themes from this book.

I remember doing an “Internet for Parents” type of seminar in the early days of social media. I remember a woman asking me to look for her daughter on MySpace and was horrified to read what was public information. This book would have been completely appropriate for those parents.

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Believe in your kid!

Awaken the Genius in Your Child
Tauraso and Batzler
1981

The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale was the 1950s answer to self-help. It has been recycled through books like The Secret (2006) and a host of other self help gurus. This basic philosophy is about have a mental attitude where one expects good things to happen and that energy will be transformed into actual good things. This book takes that philosophy to children and parents. I see some serious problems as a parenting philosophy and the amount of guilt that might fall on parents and kids. I keep thinking this is the parenting version of this book. You will have great kids if you just BELIEVE it and wish only positive outcomes.