A Parent’s Guide To The Internet Released

July 17, 2001

Mars Publishing’s A Parent’s Guide to the Internet is ready to become available in bookstores nationwide September 2001, the only completely non-technical Internet guide for Parents.

The Internet is here is stay. We live in a wired world, and it will never go back to what it was before. The statistics are staggering. Currently more than 85% of American middle and high schoolers use the Internet on a weekly basis. In some countries, this figure approaches 100 percent. Unfortunately, the Parents of those children grew up before the Internet, and many of them are unsure how to introduce themselves to it.

Welcome to A Parent’s Guide to the Internet, the first non-technical, step by step Internet guide for parents. Parent and educator Ilene Raymond helps families come to terms with the Internet with a thoughtful, project-oriented approach. Unlike many books about the Internet, Ilene’s doesn’t offer readers long lists of soon-to-be obsolete web addresses. Neither does she confuse the issue with jargon-laden discussions of Internet technology. Of course, the book features Internet resources the author feels are likely to endure and that Parents and Children will find informative and entertaining. The hands-on projects ‘de-mystify’ the new technology and help parents overcome misgivings about Internet use in the home while giving children the opportunity to learn about a technology that will play an ever greater role in their lives.

From building a family website to communicating safely with online pen-pals from around the world to learning search techniques through a World Wide Web scavenger hunt, each of the step by step projects demonstrates a key component of the Internet. While much of the hype about dangerousness of the Internet is just that–hype–there are legitimate reasons for parents to be concerned. Ilene’s common sense advice and tips–from privacy protection to Chat room Dos and Don’ts–should ease many parents’ fears.

AParent’s Guide to the Internet, by Ilene Raymond. ISBN 0-9675127-9-4. Pages: 240. Trim: 7 3/8 x 9 1/8. Price: $19.95, CAN $ 29.95. Distributed by Independent Publisher’s Group (IPG). Available September 2001 at bookstores nationwide.

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About Mars Publishing’s Parent’s Guides

The Parent’s Guide Series educates, informs and enlightens Parents (and others) about issues and opportunities facing families and children of the twenty-first century. The goal of the series is to inform Parents in a non-biased, non-denominational manner; every Parent’s Guide is intended to be a full and fair presentation of the facts. The Internet guide joins A Parent’s Guide to the Best Children’s Videos, and Parent’s Guides to Nintendo, PlayStation and Computer Games, in the growing publisher’s media literacy catalog. The Los Angeles based company also publishes a series of Parent’s Guides to major American cities (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC).