[fr] Un premier jet de ce que pourrait être une présentation de mon projet de livre, en anglais.
// Here’s a first draft of what a short presentation of my book project would be. Comments and nitpicking welcome. Is this convincing? Does it sound solid?
A Book About Teenagers and the Internet
Teenagers are very active internet users. Parents and educators, however, less so. There is often quite a bit of confusion over what teenagers are doing online and how risky their online occupations are. Attitudes range from complete lack of interest (probably fuelled by fear of technological incompetence) to outright panic (particularly about sexual predators, with complicity of the media).
Adults who are not particularly internet-savvy (and even those who are familiar with it) need a sane guide to precisely what all this “online stuff” is about. What is beneficial? What is harmless? Where are the real dangers? How does being “totally wired” (in Anastasia Goodstein’s terms) influence relationships and social life?
will be a guide to understanding today’s online world, aimed at parents, teachers, and educators. It will help them make informed educational decisions about teenagers’ use of the internet. The focus will be on de-dramatizing a lot of the “risks” the mainstream media have been very vocal about (sexual predators, for instance) and on promoting a deep understanding of how online and offline are integrated in teens’ lives. This brings about new issues with are maybe not dramatic, but which can be challenging for our youth, and which they should not have to face without the support of the adults they love or trust in their lives.
Part “tourist guide to the online world”, part essay, this book
should be a precious ally for those living or working with teenagers, and who sometimes feel at loss with what the internet is all about; , as well as contributing to a more general understanding of how the internet is changing our lives.
About the Author
Stephanie Booth has been a very active and respected online citizen for close to ten years. After graduating in arts (Indian religions and culture, philosophy, French), she worked first as a project manager and then as a middle-school teacher. She left teaching in 2006 to devote herself exclusively to helping others understand internet culture and technology, and make good use of it.
An important part of her work has been giving lectures in French-speaking Switzerland about “the living internet” (blogging, instant messaging…) to teenagers, parents, and schoolteachers. Her extensive personal experience of “internet life” married to a strong academic background and her ability to explain tricky concepts to a variety of audiences in a down-to-earth and convincing fashion have led her to be recognized by both the media and school authorities as an expert on “teenagers and internet” issues.
She has been writing regularly on her blog Climb to the Stars for over seven years, both in English and in French. A lot of her thinking about the internet can be found there.
- Kids online, parents offline: why is it a problem?
- How teenagers use the internet: it’s a town, not a library
- Where can it go wrong?
- Core online publication issues: anonymity, permanence, findability
- How afraid should we be of sexual predators?
- How online communication affects relationships
- What can parents do?
- The bigger picture: media education