Are Your Kids Naked Online?

How to protect your tech-savvy kids from online self-destruction

Non-Fiction - Parenting
212 Pages
Reviewed on 05/10/2019
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Author Biography

Chris Good has used his BS in Engineering from the University of Oklahoma along with his 20+ years as the CEO of GSG Computers, Inc., an IT Security and Services Company in Hendersonville, TN, to help more than 1,000 businesses across all industries to tame their technology problems, minimize risk and use technology to grow their businesses. As a Cyber Security expert and a father of 4 teenagers, he also has to manage technology in the personal life of his family members every day. Since Chris Good and his wife Lisa Good have had the privilege of working with entrepreneurs, politicians, celebrities, and business owners in every industry and of every size, they often found themselves having very serious conversations about technology relating to their clients children, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren. Those conversations and promptings from clients to help other parents they knew are what brought this book to life.

    Book Review

Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

Are Your Kids Naked Online? is a non-fiction book focusing on parenting in the digital age, penned by co-authors Chris Good and Lisa Good. Self-described as a guide on ‘How to protect your tech-savvy kids from online self-destruction’, this intriguing book goes beyond the exploitative world of the ‘send nudes’ culture into darker and more concerning areas of the internet to which young people have free and easy access. Designed for parents and guardians who may not be particularly tech-savvy themselves, the book provides comprehensive chapters on important topics such as the Dark Web, Online Pornography, Cyber Bullying and addresses the immediate concerns as well as those of the future of young people.

Co-authors Chris Good and Lisa Good have a wealth of experience in technology and cybersecurity, which gives a professional and authentic edge to the work which has gone into this well organized and comprehensive guidebook. The formatting of the book is such that you can read it in any order depending on the issues which most pertain to your situation at the time, whilst also picking up safety and security tips regardless of how long your kids have been engaged in online activity. There is a very serious note to the narrative, though it is also very non-judgemental and takes into account the nature of teens to explore, follow trends of their friends, and also sometimes get into worlds of which they don’t mean to be a part. Overall, Are Your Kids Naked Online? is an excellent and informative work.

Romuald Dzemo

Are Your Kids Naked Online? How to Protect Your Tech-savvy Kids from Online Self-destruction by Chris Good and Lisa Good offers parenting guidance in a world ruled by technology. Right from the start, the book points out a disturbing fact: “Most children today know more than their parents when it comes to technology. However, just because they are tech-savvy doesn’t mean they are wise. The majority of kids today are young and immature.” This immaturity makes them vulnerable, weak and exposed to some of the traps that are found in the dark web, including bullies, sex predators, and many others. In this book, they ask: What is the acceptable attitude children need to have when using online technology? At what age should they start using gadgets and applications for school? How should they handle realities like sexting and bullying, and a lot more?

This book explores the pitfalls children face when using digital space and the impact that exposure to damaging behaviors can have on their lives. But there is more to the book than that. It explores how to beat scams, develop a good reputation and avoid situations that can tarnish their social reputations, which might even block opportunities in the future. Readers will understand common behaviors associated with online predators and how to help their children identify them. The authors discuss a wide variety of topics, including Cyber Security, the Dark Web, buying fake IDs, how smartphone apps can become a doorway to hidden secrets and danger, the real consequences of sexting, the common practices of sexual predators on social media, what tech giants actually teach their kids and a lot more. Are Your Kids Naked Online: How to Protect Your Tech-savvy Kids from Online Self-destruction is filled with practical steps and the wisdom to help keep kids safe while they explore the online world. It’s a must-have for parents with tech-savvy teens.

Kim Anisi

Do you know what your kids are up to when they are on their computers or laptops? This is one of the questions asked by Are Your Kids Naked Online? by Christopher and Lisa A Good, who are both IT specialists and parents of four kids. The book aims to educate parents (and other interested parties) about what kids and teens are up to online, or what they could be up to if they aren't somehow kept in check. The chapters deal with a variety of very interesting topics, e.g. the advantages and dangers of school-issued devices, but also how to solve problems that come with these devices. Each chapter discusses a specific topic and offers parents a specific list of actions they can undertake. There is easy to understand information about the dark web, about sexting (and how surprisingly common it seems to be among children and teens!) and about the horrendous consequences kids' online actions can have. But fortunately, the authors have a lot of helpful advice for concerned parents.

While I am not a parent, I found Are Your Kids Naked Online? by Christopher and Lisa A Good a very insightful and interesting read. I picked the book up because I am working on a story in which younger people are involved, and I was wondering how they interact with technology and the internet. It was partially quite shocking as during my teenage years the internet slowly became affordable for the general public. My best friend and I clearly used the internet in a totally different - maybe more intelligent - way and I am sure there are plenty of teens out there who are NOT naked online - at least I hope so. After reading this book in just a couple of sittings, I would warmly recommend it to all parents who are not quite comfortable with the internet themselves or are not sure how kids and teens are actually using it. This book will help parents to find the right way to have good talks about the internet with their kids. The authors' tone is friendly and understanding so even someone who has no clue won't feel like he/she is being patronized.

Amanda Rofe

Are Your Kids Naked Online? by Chris Good and Lisa Good is a non-fiction book to help parents protect their children online. Digital technology in society has its benefits but there is a dark side to it and children have been unwittingly been caught up in its web. Kids may be tech-savvy but that doesn't mean they are wise or able to make sensible and rational decisions. Written by two IT and security experts, who are also parents of four children, this book explains in plain English the risks for children online, how to protect them and what to do if they get into trouble. It covers some of the major issues of the day including pornography, sexting, social media, predators, gaming and bullying.

Chris Good and Lisa Good have written a really valuable guide for parents whose children are online. Their strategy for protecting children is well thought through and is as much about good parenting as knowing your way around digital devices and sophisticated software. Are Your Kids Naked Online? is absolutely essential reading for all parents. Even if you trust your children to do the right thing online or are convinced they know what they are doing, you will be surprised at the scary statistics that prove otherwise. I unreservedly recommend this indispensable book to all parents. In fact, anyone of any age who goes online will learn how to take care of themselves better after reading this book. It is fully referenced and contains a link for a Parenting Technology Toolkit that can be downloaded for free.

Gisela Dixon

Are Your Kids Naked Online? by Chris Good and Lisa Good is a non-fiction book about the dangers of online web activity and social media on the lives of kids and what every parent should know and do to minimize the dangers. In this book, Chris and Lisa call upon their experience not only as technical educators in the field but also as parents to four teenagers with firsthand experience of raising kids in the digital world. The book starts with an introduction to the topic and the reason for writing this book and what parents should know. The rest of the book is aimed at educating parents on what to look for and steps to take and includes chapters such as an overview of the digital world we live in, the lingo of today’s kids, school-issued devices and how to monitor activity, everything you need to know about smartphones for kids, the hidden secrets of some of the apps on them, issues like cyberbullying, suicide among teens, sharing inappropriate content over digital or social media and the long-term ramifications of this, what is the dark web, and much more. There is also a bibliography at the end.

Are Your Kids Naked Online? is a very relevant book in today’s times when parents invariably know less about the Internet than their children do. As a result, children are susceptible to being exploited, harassed, abused, developing bad habits or addictions, and affecting their entire careers and lives simply because they or their parents did not know what to look for and how to use the Internet appropriately. The downside of gaming is an example of this where a harmless and fun activity can also become addictive and destructive if taken too far or in the wrong direction. Chris and Lisa Good write in an engaging and empathetic tone and include tips on what you can do as a parent for almost every topic. They highlight the issues with sexting, sharing inappropriate content online, pornography, etc. and offer suggestions for preventive remedies. This is a must-read book for every parent.

Patricia Reding

Chris and Lisa Good offer technical expertise to businesses for managing their computer networks, security and more. For over twenty years, they have heard stories from their clients—business owners, politicians, celebrities, and others—about situations their children have encountered resulting from the use of technology. From sexting to engaging in or being the subject of online bullying, the Goods have heard it all. Add to that their interest in seeing to the welfare of their own children, and you can appreciate why they took it upon themselves to write Are Your Kids Naked Online? In their words, the book is “designed to provide … the basic knowledge of today’s digital landscape … to provide suggestions, tips, and tools to help you protect your child” online.

The stories that Chris and Lisa Good share in Are Your Kids Naked Online? are heartbreaking—sobering even. But the Goods’ goal is not to frighten you as a parent. Rather, it is to arm you with information. It is not too early to prepare yourself and your children, even if they are only grade-schoolers, and it is not too late to educate yourself and to take action, even if your children are already in high school. The Goods provide statistics and risks, then set out practical and usable solutions for dealing with digital dangers. From information on fake accounts your children may set up, to translating specific texting acronyms that your children might use, to discussing the need for installing safety filters, to informing readers of how the dark web works and how your young ones may access it, the Goods have covered the gamut.

After providing basics in the first couple chapters, the end of each of the next chapters includes a “What You Can Do” list. Some of the ideas the Goods present in these lists are about how to keep the communication channels with your children open, and your expectations clear. Others will inform you of common risks you face every day but about which you may not be aware. The “What You Can Do” lists will get you thinking about: whether/when a smartphone is right for your child; checking for insecure WiFi channels your child could access even after you have put protections in place; how online predators work; identifying the risks that online gaming introduces and more. If you have not already considered these issues for yourself and your children, today is the day for you to begin and picking up a copy of Are Your Kids Naked Online? would be a great place to start.