2011-08-16 [Press Release] Now Available on Amazon! Cybertraps for the Young

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Cybertraps for the Young

Announcing the National Release of Cybertraps for the Young

Cybertraps for the Young

I’m delighted to announce the national release of my sixth book, Cybertraps for the Young. This timely and provocative book looks at the issue of child safety online from a unique perspective — the legal consequences that children can face as a result of the use and misuse of electronic devices. It is intended to educate parents, teachers, and school administrators about those risks, and to offer practical suggestions for minimizing the likelihood that children will stumble into one or more of the myriad pitfalls that lurk online. Among the topics covered:

  • Intellectual Dishonesty;
  • Copyright Infringement;
  • Defamation and Invasion of Privacy;
  • Internet Addictions;
  • Hacking and Identity Theft;
  • Cyberbullying and Cyberstalking;
  • Sexting and Sextortion; and
  • Obscenity and Child Pornography.


Click on the links below for more information about the book, or to watch streaming video of various interviews that I’ve done about these issues.

Early Reviews and Media Mentions

“Every one who works with children need to read your book. Great work!” — Joyce Irvine, Principal, Highgate Elementary School, Highgate, VT.

“Frederick S. Lane’s ‘Cybertraps for the Young’ is a wake-up call to parents to recognize the potentially horrifying consequences of their children’s use of the latest electronic gizmos.” — Arthur T. Vanderbilt II, ‘Cybertraps for the Young:’ A Book Review, The Star-Ledger, August 14, 2011.

“Smartphone apps to protect your kids,” Sue Marquette Poremba, MSNBC.com (from Security News Daily), August 3, 2011.

“Cybertraps for the Young : The Legal Consequences Children Can Face Misusing Electronic Devices,” Catalyst, RETN (Burlington, VT), July 27, 2011.

“For athletes, social media can be a minefield,” Pete Grathoff, The Kansas City Star, July 24, 2011.

“Local Media: Frederick Lane, Author, Cybertraps for the Young,” Lauren-Glenn Davitian, Channel 17 (Burlington, VT), July 5, 2011.

“Bad things that can happen to kids online have been the stuff of tabloid stories for some years now. Frederick Lane’s new book, Cybertraps for the Young, is more intelligent and more subtle than that.” — Wendy Grossman, “Book Review: Cybertraps for the Young,” ZDNet UK Book Reviews, July 4, 2011.

“Author on Troubles of Tweeting,”,” Liz Benjamin, “Capital Tonight,” YNN (Albany, NY), June 10, 2011.

“Privacy expert: Learn from Weiner’s mistake,” Kristen Carlson, “The :30,” WCAX (Burlington, VT), June 9, 2011.

CyberTraps Lectures

On April 9, 2011, I had the honor of presenting at the National School Boards Association annual conference in San Francisco, CA. My lecture focused on sexting, one of the topics covered in Cybertraps for the Young.

A copy of my presentation, entitled “There’s No Such Thing as ‘Safe Sext’ — How to Protect Your Kids and Your District from Cell Phone Misuse,” can be downloaded from SlideShare.net. A PDF of the slide handouts is available in the Downloads section of FrederickLane.com.

You may also be interested in reading The Top 5 Things Rep. Anthony Weiner Can Teach Your Children, a brief press release I wrote this summer which offers some suggestions on how to profitably discuss the Weiner sexting scandal with children. It may be an uncomfortable topic, but there are definitely a few lessons that children (and some adults) should take away the incident.

If you or your organization are interested in a presentation or professional development on the myriad cybertraps and steps to avoid them, please contact me through my Web site or leave me a message at 802-318-4604.

About the Author

I am an author, attorney, lecturer and expert witness in the field of computer forensics. I am the author of five previous books and over the last decade have appeared as guest on a variety of national media programs, including Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” ABC’s “Nightline,” CBS’s “60 Minutes” and “Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood,” NBC’s “Today Show,” and numerous regional and local radio programs.

I am a frequent lecturer at colleges and universities on topics ranging from First Amendment issues to student privacy in the digital age. From 2001 to 2011, I served on the Burlington School Board, including the last two years as Chair of the Board. I graduated from Amherst College in 1985 with a degree in classics and American studies, and from Boston College Law School in 1988.

Additional information is available on my Web site, www.FrederickLane.com.

Frederick Lane

Frederick S. Lane



Expert Witness




Upcoming Lectures:

September 16, 2011

“Cybertraps for the Young: Adapting the Legal System to Cope With Young High-Tech

Justice for Children Conference, Lake Morey Resort, Fairley, VT

September 27, 2011

“Computer Forensics 101”

West Virginia Public Defender Services, Charleston, WV

September 30, 2011

“Computer Forensics 101”

Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Huntsville, AL

October 2011

“Computer Forensics 101”

Office of the Federal Defender [S.D. Ala.], Mobile, AL

October 5, 2011

“Guide to Combating Sexting at School: Legal Do’s & Don’ts for Educators”

Progressive Business Seminars, Online Webinar

October 19, 2011

Keynote Address: “Cybertraps for the Young”

National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification Professional Practices Institute, Little Rock, AR

October 21, 2011

“Computer Forensics 101”

Vermont Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Middlebury, VT

November 2, 2011

“Mobile Search and Seizure and the 4th Amendment”

Office of the Federal Defender [N.D. NY], Albany, NY

November 3, 2011

“Cybertraps for the Young”

“Vermont Fest 2011,” VITA-Learn, Killington, VT

November 8, 2011

“Cybertraps for the Young”

Glencoe School District, Glencoe, MN

Previous Books:


American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right;

The Court and Cross: The Religious Right’s Crusade to Reshape the Supreme Court;

The Decency Wars: The Campaign to Cleanse American Culture;

The Naked Employee: How Technology Is Compromising Workplace Privacy; and

Obscene Profits: The Entrepreneurs of Pornography in the Cyber Age.


Frederick S. Lane is an author, attorney, educational consultant, expert witness, and lecturer who has appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, the BBC, and MSNBC. He is past chairman of the Burlington (VT) School Board. His sixth book, “Cybertraps for the Young,” is now available from NTI Upstream. Visit www.FrederickLane.com for additional information.
Contact information:

802-318-4604 | fslane3@gmail.com | www.FrederickLane.com | www.ComputerForensicsDigest.com

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