I recently reviewed a book called The Boss of Me…is Me and was impressed, horrified, scared out of my wits and grateful to the authors all at the same time. The authors have written an eye-opening book about how social media can lure teens into some scary and awful life-altering situations. They give some edgy scenarios as real-life examples. One of the most shocking was about a young teen who had befriended an 18-year-old on Facebook, slipped unnoticed from her home to meet him, and walked into her death trap. As I was reading the book, all I kept thinking was how I could so see this happening.
The book is filled with tips and intended to empower teens with the life skills they need to be the boss of their own thoughts, attitudes and actions. The authors address a variety of relevant issues including suicide, shoplifting, child molestation and runaways. The book is designed to equip teens to think and act quickly to avoid going down a path that ends in death, prison and suicide. It basically helps prevent teens from becoming a victim and a statistic. As a mom of two teens, these scenarios scare the heck out of me and infuriate me at the same time! I am still shaking my head that these threats to our teens are really happening in our society, but I shouldn’t be.
I like that this guidebook helps teach teens that there is always a way out of these awful situations they get themselves into, often because of their social media activities. The guidebook is in a notebook form so teens can write in it and basically have a lifetime of references when completed! The notebook does not come in a digital format because the authors wanted to ensure parental supervision however, the guidebook is in digital format. The guidebook empowers parents to facilitate and engage in conversations with their teen and that’s what is most important! Without the parents being a facilitator, your teen wouldn’t learn or grasp the true meaning and value of the message(s) the authors are trying to convey.
Parents, because you haven’t physically seen or been exposed to this DOES NOT MEAN it’s not happening or could not happen to you and your kids. Your child could be a victim! No one is immune. Educate, be aware and talk to you kids. Better yet, BUY them this book so they can learn first hand about the crimes that are happening to teens.
As a parent, I encourage you to have them read it! Get the electronic version since you know teens prefer technology to actual books. I hope this books builds awareness but most importantly, saves lives.
Here is a link if you wish to purchase The Boss of Me…is ME ! It is also available at www.cablepublishing.com, Amazon, and all major bookstores. (25% of all proceeds will be donated to The Youth Connection in Detroit, MI.)
By the way, the authors’ backgrounds are impressive: June Werdlow Rogers is a retired federal agent with a PhD in criminology, Rayfield Rogers Jr is a retired district chief of security for a school district in Michigan, Grenae´ Dudley PhD is CEO of a youth center.
Parents if you have encountered scary scenarios with your teen as a result of social media, or know someone who can relate, please share your stories.