Joe Yeager is first and foremost, husband to his wife of 14 years, Denise, and father to their 10 year old daughter, Maddie. It is because of Maddie that Joe got involved with keeping kids safe online after she came across some offensive content online that was intentionally created so that it would be found by young children. Because of this, Joe was inspired to write this book and create a Facebook page to help parents stay informed about related topics. The name of the page is “Parents Guide to Social Media”.
He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from West Chester University and works for a leading dental manufacturer, in part, as their social media administrator. Additionally, he is on the Editorial Team for the Social Media Club, a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to expand digital media literacy, promote standard technologies, encourage ethical behavior and share best practices.
Joe has written numerous article regarding cyber safety for sites, including the Family Online Safety Institute and In Care, a resource for teachers using technology in the classroom. Since 2013, he has been running the social media blog for Calkin’s Media, which operates three newspapers in the greater Philadelphia area.
He also teaches part time at Philadelphia University and lives in Bucks County, PA.
The Internet can be both educational and fun, however it comes with risks. Those risks must be addressed to keep our families safe. As parents, that responsibility falls to us. Children can be more technically savvy when it comes to using social media and the Internet than their parents, though they can lack the wisdom to use technology safely. That comes with time and experience, which children often lack. Cyber-bullying is only one of the threats that our children have to face on a daily basis. In addition, there are dangers simply from using a search engine. Other threats exist in the form of cyber stalkers, online predators and mistakes that users make themselves that can cause problems for them later. Research has shown repeatedly that children usually do not tell anyone (much less their parents) if they are being cyber-bullied or having other problems online. The key to keeping your family safe is to take a pro-active approach and learn about the risks. #DigitalParenting provides parents with the tools they need to help keep their kids safe from online dangers that are lurking everywhere.