This project's funding goal was not reached on January 2, 2013.
About this project
Cyber Safety and Ethics and Stuff (for Kids, Teens, Parents and Teachers) is is a super high quality, full color, glossy easy to read and share book, designed to help kids, families and schools, churches and youth groups, learn about the challenges of online security, safety and privacy.
The first edition of this book was a success, (125,000 copies) but did not reach the millions of kids I had hoped for. It may have been too early for that. (2001)
With your backing, we hope to well exceed our published Pledge total, so we can give away, for Free, 50,000 - 1,000,000 copies in the next several months. All you need to do is:
1. Pick the Reward(s) you want to receive in exchange for your Pledge.
2. Your credit card will not be charged until we are full funded in January 2013.
Why is this book so important to you and your family? As a security expert, I had focused on corporate information security, and then I had kids. When Ashley, at twelve, found the ‘nasty’ places on the internet, it was a wake up call to my wife and me.
Then at eleven, my son, Adam, demonstrated wifi hacking on national television, we realized, more than ever, that most kids know more about technology than their parents – and the parents needed help. So I wrote the first edition more than a decade ago.
Cyber Safety and Ethics and Stuff is not about telling you how to behave. It’s not about telling you what is right and what is wrong. It is about asking you a lot of questions that you might not have thought of. It's about letting parents and teachers, youth and spiritual leaders encourage an open dialogue so everyone can learn from everyone else.
It is about giving you, your family and teachers the technical and not-so-technical pointers you need to make the right decisions for you. Tim, Tess and CatFive, and I will guide you through the good and the bad of the internet.
Cyber Safety and Ethics and Stuff is an easy to read, colorful and visually appealing book, written for the entire family and K-12 schools. The goal is for families to talk; for teachers to use these ideas in classrooms and discuss the important safety, privacy and security challenges everyone from 8 to 80 faces online today:
- Internet Scams
- Facebook Privacy
- Cyber Bullying
- PC Security Basics for Home
- iPhone, iPad and Mobile safety
- Phishing attacks
- Adult materials
- Personal online responsibility
- … and more.
Our team is dedicated to making this Kickstarter Project a huge success.
Friends and family: I ask for your backing.
Schools and Youth Groups: we have rewards tailored specifically for you, too.
Corporate folks and security vendors: Please get involved. We ask for your help in sponsoring this important project. The more you help you back us, the more books we can give away - even tens of thousands of them!
With our initial goal, we will fulfill all rewards and get copies to every member of Congress, every State education director, leaders in Washington, key media and online groups that support kid and family cyber safety.
If we exceed our initial goals, we will supply even more books to groups that either we choose, or you suggest. If we raise $500,000, we will be able to give away more than 50,000 books for FREE! (Shipping is a huge cost!) And the numbers go up from there!
That’s my pitch.
I hope you can help us reach my personal goal of getting 1Million physical copies of Cyber Safety and Ethics and Stuff into the hands of kids, families and schools by the end of 2013.
We need to raise about $4M to achieve that goal. We could actually get a quantity of these books into every single school district in the U.S. - for Free!
Risks and challenges
Ah, the risks. Several of Winn's books, most notably Information Warfare (3 Editions) and Cyber Shock (2 Editions) were published the traditional way - through a NYC publishing house.
But, Winn was disappointed that it took 14 months from manuscript to printing and distribution. So, he and Sherra set up Interpact Press ~1991 to publish "Terminal Compromise," "Time Based Security," and "Pearl Harbor Dot Com," (See Die Hard IV) among other projects. Everything they have ever published came to fruition on time.
In April 2001, Winn and Sherra published "Internet & Computer Ethics for Kids (and Teachers and Parents without a Clue)". With the initial help of corporate sponsors, more than 100,000 copies were distributed - and are still being sold across the US and Canada (although we are nearly out of stock and do not plan on a physical reprint. Gonna go eBook when we have a spare moment.)
Now, it's time to get these issues in front of millions of kids and parents. So, here we are again - and Kickstarter seemed the obvious Web 2.0 way to go.
- Printing. (Been there, done that.)
- Graphics. This is what the team (Ashley, Kayley and Sherra) does for our global clients.
- Writing. That's what Winn does. Hides out in a cave or on a distant mountain for a while to do the "Data Dump" - the real hard creative work, then it goes to Sherra for the editing, followed by the author-editor battles while the graphics team bobs and weaves in their creative vortex. About 40% is already complete.
- Marketing. Winn is pretty well known in the security world. He writes a lot of articles for all sorts of magazines, appears around the world speaking (and shall we say - ranting) and has thousands of media interviews under his belt. We've got that one covered... plus our Social Media team (read that: the young ones) is already hard at work getting Liked, Friended and Followed. :-)
Bottom Line: Winn and Team don't see much of a risk from our end. We've done this before - but this is the first time on KickStarter. Winn's biggest worry is, "What if we have tens of thousands of backers? How do we fulfill everything..." and the rest of the Team says, "Just write, Winn. We got that one sorted out."
Risky? You decide.
We DO appreciate your time, attention, support and hope you will help us apread the word.
The Team behind Cyber Safety and Ethics and Stuff.
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