A Google World in the Garden of Eden

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Joanna’s next book about strategies for safe use of texting and social media will be released in fall 2013. Book Cover by Christi Benz

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Joanna’s next book, A Google World in the Garden of Eden: Five Family-Safe Strategies for Texting and Social Media, will be released this fall and will be available at all major ebook retailers (Kindle, Barnes&Noble, Apple and others)

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When I left full time employment outside the home over eight years ago, it was in response to a passionate concern and curiosity about the impact of cyber communications on the family. The strain on the parent-child relationship in particular for me was alarming.

Since then I wrote, The Authority in Me (2011), which addresses the need to prepare children at earlier ages to think for themselves in a network culture that can bully the individual into focusing on things that don’t matter and believing things that are not true. Evidence of this includes: easy pedophile access to children, sexting, drug trafficking of prescription pills, and suicides in response to cyberbullying.

Convergence of technology would certainly guarantee that whoever has the mobile device holds the world in the palm of their hand. And we have seen that wireless mobile devices are produced in a variety of forms, shapes and sizes for all ages as we have seen iPods, notebooks, iPads and smart phones deliver an endless supply of apps that allow communication and photo sharing.

My new book, A Google World in the Garden of Eden: Five Family-Safe Strategies for Texting and Social Media, will be released this fall. It addresses the fundamental ways in which parents can govern their homes to engage children as learning executives who make good decisions on and off line.

In this networked environment, there are three realms of security:

  • Physical (our person and belongings, home and car)
  • Cyber (smart phones/social media and other applications)
  • Hearts and minds (beliefs, values, emotions)

Most parents implement some form of security in the physical and cyber realms. They include locking and alarming doors in our homes and cars, and installing Internet security software and parental control settings on devices and applications. A focus on these two realms will provide some measure of safety for children, but the security children require to thrive in the network is cultivated in their hearts and minds.

This guide will help you:

  • Implement house rules to express family values such as: God’s love, liberty, safety, forgiveness, peace and honesty
  • Avoid the modern parenting pitfalls including: abdication, friend parenting, helicopter parenting, and confusion between trust and faith
  • Maintain ongoing parent-child dialogue about on and off line happenings
  • Set age-appropriate boundaries for use of mobile devices and social media
  • Edifying ways to track the applications family members are using
  • Strengthen healthy parent-child bonds into adolescence and adulthood

Proceed to next article: Safe teen driving in a world of distracted living

AVAILABLE NOW TO PURCHASE

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Smashwords (Nook, iPad and other ebook formats)

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Joanna Jullien “Parental authority cannot be taken. It can only be lost when we surrender it.” Photo by: Christi Benz

Joanna Jullien is an author, educator and speaker on strengthening the parent-child relationship in a cyber powered world. She is the author of The Authority In Me: The Power of Family Life in the Network Culture, produces The Sacramento Cyber Safety Examiner column on Examiner.com, and is the CyberParenting advisor on The Fish 103.9FM, Tuesdays.

 

 

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About Joanna Jullien

Joanna Jullien

Joanna (jullien@surewest.net) and her husband have raised two sons in Roseville, CA. She has a degree from U.C. Berkeley in Social Anthropology (corporate culture). Her honors thesis was awarded the Kroeber Prize and funding from National Science Foundation grant. Joanna writes to help parents with the modern-day leadership challenges of raising children. She is a contributing writer for The Granite Bay View, the Press Tribune, the Sacramento Examiner, and editor of Banana Moments.

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