Turn On, Tune In, Stay Safe

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So Timothy Leary was talking about a completely different experience when he uttered the now famous, “Turn on, tune in, drop out” in Golden Gate Park in 1967. He was, however, still referring to embracing cultural change, which, minus the psychedelia, is sort of what the books in a new series carried by HCLS, entitled Fact Finders: Tech Safety Smarts, is doing.

For better or for worse, and often a combination of both, technology is part of our everyday world.  And kids today have not only adapted to this technology, they seem to have embraced it, absorbed it, and mastered it at a startling rate. We, too, should not turn our backs on it, no matter how worrisome or difficult it may be. But that does not mean we shouldn’t be cautious and smart and instill those same ideas in our children.

In that spirit, HCLS has recently purchased four new titles: Safe Social Networking, Cyberbullying, Cell Phone Safety, and Gaming Safely. Each book in the series tackles a popular technology-related activity, as indicated by the titles.  Believe it or not, these books are for elementary school-age kids. To quote Capstone, the publisher of this series:

Today’s kids are more wired than ever, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to completely shield them from potential dangers. Empower kids to stay safe and be a responsible part of the digital community by providing them with an age appropriate understanding of why they need to be cautious and aware when engaging with technology.

Even if your kids are older than elementary school level, it doesn’t hurt to give these books a look.  They contain helpful advice for all ages such as what information it is not a good idea to share via social networks, what to do if a classmate sends threatening emails, how to protect yourself from identity theft, and ways to safeguard against online predators. Technology is not going away, and if our children are going to keep up in the digital age, we need to teach them to embrace technology, but in a way that will keep them safe as well as “tuned in.”