Online Safety for Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum
Release Date:15 Oct 2014

Online Safety for Children and Teens on the Autism Spectrum

A Parent's and Carer's Guide

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Children and teens with autism can be particularly vulnerable to online dangers and this practical handbook explains how you can help your child to navigate websites, chat rooms and social media safely.

Providing all the information needed to monitor, educate and guide your child's computer use, the book discusses key concerns such as parental control, social networking, grooming, cyberbullying, internet addiction and hacking. The risks and the warning signs to look out for are clearly explained alongside useful advice and examples from real-life experiences. A Digispeak Dictionary is included that decodes the cryptic language of online slang and there are downloadable forms to help record your child's internet use.

The practical solutions in this book will give you peace of mind and ensure that your child can enjoy the educational and social benefits of the internet in safety.

Understanding the dangers of the internet is the first stage in protecting our children. This readable guide equips anyone concerned with the welfare of children with ASD with essential information on the key issues together with strategies to counter unsafe internet use.

– Julia Hardcastle, Managing Director, Autism Concern

Nicola Lonie has over 10 years' experience working for a large autism charity as IT specialist and Webmaster. She has designed and presented online safety courses to children with autism and ADHD at schools. She currently works on a self-employed basis as a web designer and computer consultant. She is the mother of a teenage son with autism and she lives in Northamptonshire, UK.
Acknowledgements. Preface. 1. Autism and Computers – The Pros and Cons.2. Introduction to the Internet and Internet Safety. 3. Strategies for the Parent/Carer and Solutions to Problems. 4. Computer/Gaming Addiction and the Autistic Child. 5. Cyberbullying. 6. Social Media including Blogging, Chat Rooms, Instant Messaging and Webcams. 7. Mobile and Gaming Technology. 8. Computer Hacking and Autism. 9. Understanding Online Abbreviations and 'Text Speak'. 10. Adapting Your Child's Workstation Area. Appendix A: A-Z of Terminology. Appendix B: Forms. References.
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