Review: “Muslim Parents and Cyberculture”


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Laila Brence

Senior Editor at Hiba Magazine

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The ever expanding cyberworld is a reality we have to learn to live with. If a couple decades ago, the World Wide Web was a welcome guest in our homes, then today we have come to realize that it can easily turn into an unwelcome intruder. Just as we educate our children about their roles and responsibilities in society, we, as Muslim parents, have to ensure that they also know the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of the internet.

The new generation was born into the world of flourishing computer technology. Today, children learn typing as easily as they learning walking and talking. Often, they quickly surpass their parents in the knowledge of computer use and the internet. Although parents may feel helpless in their attempts to protect children from the dangers of the cyberworld, there are some real and manageable steps they can take for helping their children stay safe.

“Muslim Parents and Cyberculture” offers to parents and children Islamically sound guidance for interacting with the World Wide Web. Bringing the importance of Tarbiyyah to the forefront, the book offers plenty of practical advice and discusses the oblivious dangers of the internet, interaction with various age groups, internet addiction and online privacy. Parents are recommended to set up an internet use policy for their entire family as well as work through the difficult situations, when something has gone wrong already. The concluding chapter of the book presents a brief summary of the guidelines for both parents and children, which can be used as a quick reference.

The authors of the book pray and hope that this publication will fill the void on the subject of cyberculture among the books on traditional Islamic upbringing and will contribute towards building a strong next generation of our Muslim Ummah.

(Reviewed by: Laila Brence, Senior Editor of “Hiba”)

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