Three Reasons to Reform Social Media Before It Re-Forms Us
"Raffi artfully implores us to be decision makers and bring our humanity to this new digital realm."
Douglas Rushkoff—Author, Present Shock
"Lightweb Darkweb is a smart, highly readable and nuanced critique of society's unquestioning embrace of social media."
Susan Linn—Author, Consuming Kids
"Raffi presents a deeply felt argument that insists that we act in the best interests of the next generation."
Sherry Turkle—Author, Alone Together
"Raffi Cavoukian is both a popular troubadour and a keen social analyst with well-founded concerns about how the social media are affecting children."
Lester Brown—Author, Full Planet, Empty Plates
"In this passionate book, Raffi raises profound questions about our responsibilities—as parents, educators, citizens." Howard Gardner—Author, Multiple Intelligences
Lightweb Darkweb makes the case for the critical need to reform social media, especially for young users. Its author, Raffi Cavoukian, the renowned singer, Raffi, is also a writer, systems thinker, and founder of the Centre For Child Honouring. He offers three reasons for social media reform: safety, intelligence, and sustainability. A response to the suicide of Vancouver teen Amanda Todd after years of online harassment, and dedicated to her, Lightweb Darkweb is a call for sanity in the digital age:
- social media providers must make systemic changes for young users safety
- parents need to regulate their kids' screen time and social media use
- society can optimize the benefits of the Internet only by reducing its shadow of social, ecological and health hazards.
Lightweb Darkweb highlights children's developmental needs as a key missing consideration in the digital revolution. The result is a much-needed book for our times.