Online Health and Safety
From Cyberbullying to Internet Addiction
by Bernadette H. Schell
February 2016, 343pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-3896-5
$98, £73, 82€, A140
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Cyberbullying, Internet and gaming addictions, information reliability, and online predation are just a few of the dangers of our digital society.

This book explores 10 unique facets of Internet health and safety, including physical safety, information security, and the responsible use of technology, offering takeaways from interviews with experts in the field and suggestions for proactively improving users' Internet safety.

The Internet has become for many people—especially students and young adults—an essential and intrinsic part of their lives. It makes information available to be shared worldwide, at any time; enables learning about any topic; and allows for instantaneous communication. And it provides endless entertainment as well. But the benefits of online access are accompanied by serious potential risks.

This book covers the key elements of Internet health and safety, including physical safety, information security, and the responsible use of technology. It begins with an introductory essay that gives readers the necessary conceptual framework, and then explains specific topics such as cyberbullying, file sharing, online predators, Internet fraud, and obscene and offensive content. The book also answers readers’ questions in a “Q & A” section with a subject expert and includes a directory of resources that provides additional information and serves as a gateway to further study.


  • Addresses a wide range of topics related to Internet health and safety, all of which are highly relevant to students and young adults
  • Includes a subject-by-subject directory of resources that guides readers toward sources for additional study
  • Incorporates "Q & A" sections with experts in the field that shed additional light on the topics and make the material more engaging and accessible for students
Bernadette H. Schell is vice provost at Laurentian University in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Previously, she was founding dean of business and IT at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Ontario. Schell has written books on topics that range from stress management and stalking to cybercrime and hacking. Her published works include ABC-CLIO's Internet Censorship: A Reference Handbook; Cybercrime; The Internet and Society; and Hackers and Hacking.


"The volume succeeds in providing a digestible overview on topics that can be technologically, legally, and morally complex, which sets it apart from other works on these concepts. . . . A good overview on topics related to online safety for a young adult audience. Recommended for high school, undergraduate, and larger public libraries."—School Library Journal, July 1, 2016

"Schell’s book is both informative and complex. . . . Parents would benefit from this book because it teaches about gaming, Internet, and social media addiction and how to help their children and teens avoid developing this addiction. Further, it serves as a resource of how to protect their children and teens from becoming a victim of an online predator and how to safely block inappropriate websites. This book is also intended for college students who are interested in criminology, law, cyber-psychology, and any other aspect of human behavior. . . . There is an abundance of legal information ranging from copyright infringement to our personal healthcare records. However, with the complexity comes an understanding of how we can stay safe online, as well as how our freedom of speech will never be a total freedom."—PsycCRITIQUES, November 17, 2016

"Online Health and Safety: From Cyberbullying to Internet Addiction provides a detailed glimpse into the micro and macro issues that stem from online activities and developments. . . . Bernadette Schell successfully provides an accurate account of historical events, recent cases, relevant research, and well-supported conclusions on how to proactively fight the harms rooted in various online activities."—Journal of Youth and Adolescence, June 7, 2017
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