Friday, May 11, 2012

Protect Your Teens VBT Tour with Diane Griffin May 11

Diane Griffin is the founder and President of Security First and Associates. Ms. Griffin works with a variety of clients throughout industry. Ms. Griffin has also worked in a wide array of fields to include training, facilitation, communications, human resources and industrial security management and Ms. Griffin is the current Chaper Chair for National Classification Management Society (NCMS), Chapter 26.

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Teens Texting, Driving While Texting, and Sexting

As a security expert, I tend to see things through a different set of eyes than others—seeing dangers they might not realize exist and consequences they might not be prepared to handle. And while I deal with a wide variety of growing trends that interfere with the safety of government agencies and businesses, I also follow those trends that may interfere with the safety of people in general. One such trend: texting.
It’s no surprise that texting has become the communication tool of choice for teenagers—and even many adults. But, what might be surprising to learn is how this new trend can have harmful—even fatal—consequences. From texting inappropriate photos (1 in 5 teens have sent a nude or semi nude photo of themselves via their cell phone) to participating in bullying activities (42% of teens have been bullied while online) to texting while driving (24% of all fatal car accidents involving teens between 16 and 19 were a result of cell phone usage), today’s teens (and their parents) could be setting themselves up for a lifetime of emotional scars, legal ramifications or even death.
So, what should parents know about today’s texting trends? I have written a new eBook, Safe Text: Protecting Your Teen from the Dangers of Texting, in hopes of educating parents and teachers about some of the risks of cell phone usage and giving them the resources and tools they need to be empowered to help their teens make good choices—keeping the parent/teen relationship healthy while keeping their teens safe.
For this Virtual Book Tour, I will be sharing more insight, statistics and tips from my new three new eBooks which also include, Protecting Your Teens on Facebook, a and Social Media Secrets Every Parent of College Bound Teens Should Know. I hope that you will follow the tour asking questions and sharing some of your “safe texting” tips as well.
This is the first book in a series to help parents protect their teens from the dangers of technology and the Internet. Not only does the book describe the dangers and legal implications of texting, but also gives tools and information how to dialog with teens about the dangers of texting. This is a very practical book. Also by May, there will be a project to go with the book on Diane's website that is based on best practices in education to help teens understand the dangers and how to deal with them. This project will include lesson plans for teachers and parents who home school their teens based on national educational standards and learning targets.
Purchase Link: Amazon

This is the second book in a series of books to help parents protect their teens from the dangers of the Internet, texting, and social media sites. This book is about Facebook. Not only does it spell out the dangers of Facebook for teens but also the positives. It describes the problems and actually tells parents what to do about them. The book gives links to a good amount of useful resources.

Have a teen planning to go to college? This is the book for you. It is a book to help parents and teens use Social Media to help the student get into college and describes the traps that might have an adverse effect on admittance into a college of choice. The most popular social media sites are described as well as some newer sites that a becoming more popular. This is a must have book if you want to help your teen capture an advantage in being accepted to the college of their choice.
Purchase Link: Amazon

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