CyberSense – the 7 Steps to Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

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Technology has many advantages, but it also presents significant risks for kids. Parents can try to monitor their children’s online activities and interactions, but cannot be on patrol 24/7. Only through education can kids learn how to protect themselves and navigate responsibly online.

In this book, James Munton shares real-life stories highlighting the dangers of cyberspace, and provides practical strategies for staying safe. The stories provide a perfect starting point for initiating conversations with your children and serve as both warning and opportunity not to repeat the mistakes of others.

CyberSense is not about technical expertise or complicated software or jargon. It is about adopting a mindset. It is about knowing and understanding the potential hazards of online activity and learning simple, sensible strategies to reduce risk. Once our kids are educated and aware, protecting themselves will be just as instinctive as putting on a seat belt in a car.

Parents and educators will find practical advice about cyber bullying, online predators, identity theft, sharing inappropriate photos and text messages, password management and illegal file sharing.

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13 reviews for CyberSense – the 7 Steps to Keeping Your Kids Safe Online

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Glenn Hester

    I just completed reading James Munton’s newest book, “CyberSense, The 7 Steps to Keeping your Kids safe Online”. As a former law enforcement officer with 30 years experience as well as a Police Magician, I was impressed with the contents of this book. The stories relating to cyberbullying, inappropriate photos, sexting, child abductions, invasions of privacy, identity theft and communicating with your children about this was some of the most valuable information a parent can have and share with their children.

    The stories will make a parent cringe and act as a wake up call to the children who share the reading. It shows how parents must be proactive instead of waiting to be reactive. People are brave on the internet when they do not have to show their real identities. This leads to some of what James has conveyed in his book.

    James slogan, “THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK” is a good way to teach children to think about the consequences of clicking on a certain site, downloading or interacting with a stranger online. I have personally witnessed a presentation James does for children with this same theme. He uses comedy, serious messages and the retention is longer because of the educational and entertainment value.

    James is a professional magician who also wrote a book on con games. He is well versed in the art of deception and how people use these tactics to get over on the unsuspecting victim. He instructs law enforcement and civilians in fraud related subject matter. James also provides some great tips for parents and children and lists some valuable resources to contact should this happen to you or your child.

    I highly recommend this book to you as a parent. I am going to use this information for my grand and great grandchildren to help protect them and get them to think before they click.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Allison Long

    I have just finished reading James Munton’s “Cybersense-The 7 Steps to Keeping Your Kids Safe Online”.What an eye opener! Every parent and grandparent should read this book. In today’s age of infinite technology, kids are literally exposed to dangers around every virtual corner. We all want to imagine our children are growing up in a safe world. We encourage them to be open and friendly individuals. It is oftentimes that we as parents are the ones who fail to see the wolf at the door.
    James points out very valuable and practical ideas on guarding our children’s safety online. Practically, every child over the age of 8 has a cell phone at their disposal. The sense of convenience and security comes with very real risks. Texting and internet service is readily available at their fingertips. Unfortunately, predators are counting on easy access. James dispels the myth that all “bad guys” are people you don’t know.
    Before you purchase that tablet for your student, allow them to surf the Internet unsupervised or hand over a smart phone to a child, I encourage you to invest your time in reading this book. You will be very glad you did.

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    John S. Macnab, PhD

    As an educator and curriculum designer, I look to resources to deliver information that is factual, understandable and useful. James Munton provides all three in Cybersense – The 7 Steps to Keeping Your Kids Safe Online.

    The book has 7 chapters, dealing with bullying, identity theft, online predators, inappropriate messages and photos, passwords, illegal downloads and, interestingly, family communication. The first six chapters deal with specific online issues facing our children, and the last one sets the stage for a healthy family relationship for preventing problems, and for dealing with them should they occur.

    Perhaps the single most important message of the book is that parents have the responsibility and the legitimate authority to keep their kids safe and to lead the way when things go awry. Our children are capable of being bullied, but they are also capable of bullying. Parents need to be constantly aware and to take decisive action when required. This book is not about threats or sanctions against you children; it’s about parents doing what’s right.

    My favorite section of the book dealt with identity theft. Here Munton takes the bull by the horns and points the reader to agencies and authorities that will provide the resources you need to dig yourself out of a potentially deep hole. If someone abuses your child’s identity to run up expenses or to commit crimes, you have a significant amount of work to do, and it could easily take months to get things back to normal. You have to know what to do and who to call; Cybersense will be a valuable ally in the struggle.

    We all hear about online security, nod our heads and say “I know, I know.” But there is a great deal at stake, especially with our children. The pressure to do things quickly and easily, the belief that other people are who and what they present themselves to be, and the tendency to trust are all built deeply into our children. It’s part of what makes them so lovable. And it makes them vulnerable. Cybersense is a timely resource to help parents prevent online disasters from occurring, and to deal with problems as they arise. It’s a great help for parents who want to do right by their kids, but need some guidance for how to do it.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Larry Lipman

    When we were kids, our parents worried about our safety outside of the house. But in today’s world, our children may be most vulnerable in their own bedrooms. Every parent of a teenager should read “CyberSense.” Author and lecturer James Munton provides a wealth of real-world examples of the dangers of cyberspace and the need to teach our children how to use common sense and navigate an environment that didn’t even exist for their parents. Providing concrete steps to help prevent or mitigate cyber pitfalls, Munton offers these encouraging words: “You don’t need to be an expert in technology to understand the risks.” I suspect even adults will learn some cybersecurity tips they should use, like password security. I know I did.

    Larry Lipman
    Falls Church, VA.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Helen Chang

    I read the whole book in one sitting. It really is a page-turner! As an educator and a parent, I recognize the enormous benefits of children having access to the Internet, but I also frequently see the trouble they can get into. CyberSense does a good job of describing the potential risks by providing fascinating stories of families who have had to confront difficult situations. But it is ultimately a very empowering book, because it shares the simple steps we can all take to avoid these things happening to us.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    This book is hard to put down. I work professionally with children and families, and wish a resource like this had been written and available years ago. James Munton offers very common sense steps to keep children safe on the internet, and the material is presented in a style which is both interesting and easy to read. I also love the list of resources included at the end. –K. Rettke, LICSW, LCSW-C

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tammy Allard Anderson

    The book really is a quick read. Cybersense is a definite shortcut for parents that are not as familiar with technology as they could be.
    The situational stories throughout the book keep it interesting and are easy to recall as you have conversations with your children.
    Cybersense is a terrific resource as James not only talks about what can happen, but gives brilliant insight into taking a proactive approach to teach your children common sense safety in this age of technology. I would absolutely recommend this book and think you’ll find it well worth the time and money!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amy Bennett

    This book is great! James Munton’s message is directly on target for what our children are dealing with right now. I had the opportunity to see Mr. Munton speak at a conference recently and was thrilled to see his information in book form. I will recommend this book to my family and friends. I also hope to see Mr. Munton speak in our neighborhood elementary and middle schools.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shannon Burghardt, M.Ed.

    Being a parent means keeping your children safe in a world where you have the greater experience. Being a teacher means guiding your students through content of which you have the greater knowledge. But as adults interacting with children on the topic of anything related to the Internet, it often feels as though the child is the veteran traveler through cyberspace and we adults are strangers in a strange land. In fear and ignorance, parents and educators often abdicate our responsibilities and leave children unsupervised and without the proper tools or knowledge to keep themselves safe online.

    As both a teacher and parent I was delighted when I read CyberSense – the 7 Steps to Keeping Your Kids Safe Online. What a fantastic, easy to understand resource. Just as in his previous book, The Con, James Munton has combined attention-grabbing storytelling with real, easy-to-implement strategies for addressing the dangers he describes – CyberBullying, Identity Theft, The Dangers of File Sharing, Password Protection, Sexting and more. For any adult who has shied away from the online world where the children for which they are responsible – sons, daughters and students – spend an increasing amount of their time, this book is the perfect guide to give you the confidence you need to help those children develop the habits that will make them responsible and safe citizens of cyberspace.

    I am thrilled to be able to have this resource to share with the parents of my students and my friends with children. As a member of my school district’s Anti-Bullying task force, I remember the time and money we spent looking for comprehensive materials to help our students’ parents learn how to chaperone their children in cyberspace. This is the first resource I’ve come across that combines all of the topics an adult could need – and at a perfect price! It would also be a great primer for the grandparents in your children’s lives, as they too try to meet their grandkids in their online world, only to learn that they have never learned the cyber equivalent of “looking both ways before crossing the street.”

    CyberSense – the 7 Steps to Keeping Your Kids Safe Online is truly a resource that every parent and teacher should have!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Corine Barberena

    CyberSense is a concise and page-turning read which highlights online safety issues for kids and families in today’s progressively more virtual world. Full of real-life case examples on what can go horribly wrong when kids are just being kids online and on cell phones, this book takes a look at the consequences of not understanding the permanent and pervasive impact of operating our lives in cyberspace. The paths of both the innocent and those with playful intents can be changed, sometimes irrevocably. In just seven comprehensive yet short chapters, the author gives parents helpful tools and guidelines to keep their children, and even themselves, safer from the pitfalls of our most popular devices; computers and cell phones. This is highly recommended read!

    Reviewed by Corine Barberena, Librarian, Irving Public Library, Irving, TX

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mica Calfee

    The seven steps in the book might seem simple, and they are, but they are also effective and important.

    This book gives parents easy to implement tools they can use to protect their children. If every parent would use these tools the world would be a safer place and those who would take advantage of us or our children would have to work much harder to do so. I wish that everyone could read this book.

    James Munton’s idea about how to design a password is alone worth the price of the book.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    A. Mitchell

    Cyber safety and our children is now one of the most important issues and concerns for every parent to learn about and prepare for. As well as being an expert in the field, James covers all the key areas with a clear and very readable style. An essential contribution to every responsible parent’s library.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Cliff Gerstman

    Cyber Sense – The 7 Steps to Keeping Your Kids Safe Online” is a must read for every parent. If parents have teenage or pre-teenage children who are growing up in the current cyber age, they need to know the information in this book. I know what can happen to children when the parents are naïve about what they are doing, and I know this both as a parent and as a high school teacher with twenty-four years in the classroom.

    The information in this book is spot on and comes from real world experiences, that Mr. Munton has chosen to present. You might think that a short book will be an easy and light read. It is not. Mr. Munton’s writing style is fine, and does make for an easy read, but if you have children in the house, this book will shock you by opening up your eyes in ways you might never have imagined. He starts the book with a long hard look at cyber bullying and the shock as well as psychological trauma it can cause. You may be as surprised as I was when you read what happened. The chapters that follow address such topics as Identity theft, predators, passwords and file sharing. Do you know what your children are doing online? This book if nothing else is a hearty meal of “food for thought.” Parents, you’d better start thinking. I know I have.

    Cliff Gerstman Physics Teacher California

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