It is with great pleasure that I announce the release of my ninth book, Cybertraps for Expecting Moms & Dads. The book is available now as a Kindle download; it will be available in paperback in about two weeks. Set out below is the press release for the book.
Contact: Frederick Lane
Brooklyn, New York
A New Book on Pregnancy, Privacy, and Parenting in the Digital Era –
Cybertraps for Expecting Moms & Dads
Brooklyn, NY, 3 October 2016 [FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE]:
Frederick Lane, a nationally-recognized author on privacy, cybersafety, and the impact of emerging technologies, has released his ninth book and the third in his growing Cybertraps series.
Cybertraps for Expecting Moms & Dads [Kindle e-book, $8.99, September 2016] helps expecting and new parents better understand the sometimes hidden health, safety, and privacy risks that can arise from the use of mobile technology, social media, pregnancy apps, and even baby name Web sites. To write this book, author Frederick Lane drew on more than two decades of research and writing about the impact of computers and the Internet on various aspects of our lives. The book also reflects his personal experiences as the dad and step-dad of four boys who grew to maturity in the Internet and smartphone era.
This timely and provocative book doesn’t merely identify potential problems; it offers expecting moms & dads concrete suggestions on how to minimize the risks arising from careless use of digital devices, smartphone apps, and social media. More importantly, it provides readers with a thorough list of relevant discussion topics to help future parents develop a digital technology pregnancy plan to guide their choices during the hectic nine months of pregnancy and the first few months of sleep-deprived parenting.
Throughout Cybertraps for Expecting Moms & Dads, Lane offers entertaining, compelling, and current examples of the potential risks, drawn from his extensive cybersafety research files. Among the topics that expecting parents will read about:
- The risks of distracted driving and walking;
- The hotly-debated risks posed by mobile technology to human fertility, fetuses, and infants;
- Whether it is appropriate to post photos of pregnancy tests on social media;
- The various ways that expecting moms & dads are using the Internet to choose the name of their child, and the risks and benefits of doing so;
- The potential misuse of pregnancy and infant photos by advertisers, fetishists, and digital kidnappers;
- The pros and cons of using social media in labor and delivery rooms;
- The impact of technology on parent-child bonding; and
- The potential health and developmental risks to infants from the use of digital devices in the first few months or even years of life.
“Millennials are by far the largest parenting demographic right now,” Lane says. “They have become incredibly enthusiastic uses of mobile devices and social media. In my experience, however, they don’t necessarily appreciate all of the risks and potential problems that can arise from the use of those tools. In the midst of pregnancy and early parenthood, it is particularly easy to overlook some very important privacy and safety issues. My hope is that this book will assist expecting parents in thinking about and discussing potential problem with each other and with their family and friends.
Frederick Lane is an author, attorney, educational consultant, expert witness, and lecturer who has spoken to colleges, universities, and school districts around the country on a variety of issues, including student safety, electronic misbehavior, and digital privacy. Lane has written nine books, including most recently Cybertraps for Educators and Cybertraps for the Young. A complete list of his publications is available on his Web site, FrederickLane.com.
During the course of his writing career, he has appeared as a guest on a variety of national media programs, including: Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”; ABC’s “Nightline” and “Good Morning America Weekend”; CBS’s “60 Minutes” and “Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood”; NBC’s “Today Show” and “Weekend Today”; as well as numerous local and national radio programs.
Lane recently moved to Brooklyn, NY from Burlington, VT, where he served for 10 years as a member of the Burlington School Board, including two years as Chair of the Board. He graduated from Amherst College in 1985 with a degree in Classics and American studies (magna cum laude), and from Boston College Law School in 1988 (cum laude).
Cybertraps for Expecting Moms & Dads is currently available for download as a Kindle ebook from Amazon.com ($8.99, 270 pages). It will be available as a print-on-demand paperback in two weeks.