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Ep. 41: Deborah Berry | Avoiding The Tech Trap


In the past two episodes we have investigated the potential dangers of the online world. We discussed how to promote safe technology with Chris McKenna in Episode 39 and looked at the effects of pornography on our world with Joe Madison in Episode 40. Today we talk to a mother who has fought the “Tech Trap” with her daughter.”

Today on the Balanced Voice Rania welcomes Deborah Berry, mother, advocate, and author of “TechTrap.” Deborah started her journey to write TechTrap as a personal effort to absorb what had happened to her daughter and to gain information about technology and teens. As she continued researching, her mission evolved to equip parents with knowledge and awareness of the strangers who seek to gain a connection with their child through technology. We are grateful to learn from her on today’s episode.

More About Deborah:

A daughter, sister, wife, mother and now, out of unforeseen and undesired circumstances, an author. Deborah Berry has spent her adult years devoted to her family. Her heart’s desire has been to raise her children to be loving, productive and contributing members of society – every parent’s dream!

Deborah graduated from University of Houston with a degree in journalism, and wrote for the UH newspaper. Later, as her family grew, she enjoyed volunteering at her children’s schools, dabbled in interior design and was sought after as an independent floral designer.

Then her world exploded. Her youngest daughter, at age ten, was lured into a virtual world of manipulative strangers. Upon discovery, Deborah entered into the fight of her life for her daughter against the dark and torrid world of online pornography and sex trafficking. After years of difficult decisions and tough love, Deborah started her journey to write TechTrap as a personal effort to absorb what had happened and to gain information about technology and teens.

As she continued researching and developing TechTrap, her mission evolved to equip parents with knowledge and awareness of the strangers who seek to gain a connection with their child through technology.

Deborah has focused her energy and the passion gained from the experience of saving her daughter from the demon strangers online and the aftermath of consequences, into TechTrap, a book written with one purpose in mind: to provide as much information as possible to other parents so they never have to walk through a similar nightmare.

Deborah currently resides in Texas with her family. She remains steadfast in her commitment to further develop materials for parents and children as they negotiate the ever-growing world of technology.

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