I’m very happy to interview Kathryn Rose today, as she has written an important book for all of us: The Parent’s Guide to Facebook: Tips and Strategies to Protect Your Children on the World’s Largest Social Network. Facebook is a great thing, to be sure, but there are dangers with any social media platform, and all of us (parents and kids alike) need to be cautious about how we use it and which types of information we put out there. Kathryn talks about how she got interested in the subject, and why parents should read her book.
Enjoy this interview.
Your book, The Parent’s Guide to Facebook: Tips and Strategies to Protect Your Children on the World’s Largest Social Network, is a timely one in today’s world. Tell us a bit about it. Why should parents read this book?
Parents should read this book because Facebook and other social networking sites occupy an inordinate amount of our children’s time and their activities there can have lifelong ramifications. The so-called digital footprint is something that this generation will have to deal with when they go for college placement, job placement and anything else that will require a background search. A long forgotten picture on Facebook can come back to haunt you.
When did you first become interested in social media?
I was a wall street executive and laid off during the market melt-down, I decided it was time for a change, I had been on Facebook and Twitter but had no idea the impact they can have on businesses and personal lives. I decided to become certified in social media marketing and began consulting in online marketing for businesses. I was in the process of writing a business book on Facebook and in testing some of the privacy settings, I realized that many of my friends and family member’s information was exposed and they didn’t even know! Their “wall” posts, photographs of their children, available for anyone to see, so I did a bit of a detour and wrote The Parent’s Guide to Facebook. In doing the research for that book, I also realized how prevalent cyber-bullying has become. People, not just kids but adults too, find the anonymity of the internet appealing to spread messages of hate. I wanted to be sure parent’s were armed with the information on how they can protect their children, and what to do if they find themselves in the unfortunate situation of being bullied.
We talk a lot about the dangers of social media when it comes to kids. Are there any positives you’d like to point out?
I would like to say that I LOVE Facebook! It has given me the opportunity to connect with old friends and distant relatives and also connect with business associates around the world. If used properly and safely, Facebook is an amazingly easy way to keep connected to folks you wouldn’t be able to talk to everyday but still want to keep up with. It is also a great business tool, and has helped businesses large and small develop communities, improve their brands and generate revenue.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
I will be releasing The Grandparent’s Guide to Facebook next week and I just put the finishing touches on the first of 4 business books on social media: The Step by Step Guide to Facebook for Business and The Step by Step Guide to Twitter for Business.
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
The Shack by William P. Young. I am not a religious person per se but I found this story to be compelling and thought provoking.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I like to spend time with my family, take long walks on the beach and learn as much as I can about everything I can.
Where can we learn more about you?
You can connect with me on Facebook.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I am so thrilled to have this opportunity to be interviewed by you. I am so passionate about the responsible use of social media and I applaud you for helping me get the word out. I love all things social media, and I’m sure the parents who read the book and follow the steps will learn to love it as much as I do.