âA must-read for this moment in time.ââSteven D. Levitt, co-author of Freakonomics â¢ One of the best books of the yearâNature
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Mary Aiken, the worldâs leading expert in forensic cyberpsychology, offers a starting point for all future conversations about how the Internet is shaping development and behavior, societal norms and values, children, safety, privacy, and our perception of the world. Drawing on her own research and extensive experience with law enforcement, Aiken covers a wide range of subjects, from the impact of screens on the developing child to the explosion of teen sexting and the acceleration of compulsive and addictive behaviors online. Aiken provides surprising statistics and incredible-but-true case studies of hidden trends that are shaping our culture and raising troubling questions about where the digital revolution is taking us.
Praise for The Cyber Effect
âHow to guide kids in a hyperconnected world is one of the biggest challenges for todayâs parents. Mary Aiken clearly and calmly separates reality from myth. She clearly lays out the issues we really need to be concerned about and calmly instructs us on how to keep our kids safe and healthy in their digital lives.ââPeggy Orenstein, author of the New York Times bestseller Girls & Sex
â[A] fresh voice and a uniquely compelling perspective that draws from the murky, fascinating depths of her criminal case file and her insight as a cyber-psychologist . . . This is Aikenâs cyber cri de coeur as a forensic scientist, and she wants everyone on the case.ââThe Washington Post
âFascinating . . . If you have children, stop what you are doing and pick up a copy of The Cyber Effect.ââThe Times (UK)
âAn incisive tour of sociotechnology and its discontents.ââNature
âJust as Rachel Carson launched the modern environmental movement with herÂ Silent Spring, Mary Aiken delivers a deeply disturbing, utterly penetrating, and urgently timed investigation into the perils of the largest unregulated social experiment of our time.ââBob Woodward
âMary Aiken takes us on a fascinating, thought-provoking, and at times scary journey down the rabbit hole to witness how the Internet is changing the human psyche. A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the temptations and tragedies of cyberspace.ââJohn R. Suler, PhD, author ofÂ The Psychology of Cyberspace
âDrawing on a fascinating and mind-boggling range of research and knowledge, Mary Aiken has written a great, important book that terrifies then consoles by pointing a way forward so that our experience online might not outstrip our common sense.ââSteven D. Levitt
âHaving worked with law enforcement groups from INTERPOL and Europol as well as the U.S. government, Aiken knows firsthand how todayâs digital tools can be exploited by criminals lurking in the Internetâs Dark Net.ââNewsweek
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