SERIES MADE SIMPLE

Digital Safety Smarts: Preventing Cyberbullying

9781467794886. ea vol: 40p. (What Is Digital Citizenship?). further reading. glossary. index. photos. Lerner. 2016. lib. ed. $29.32.
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Gr 4–6—As the Internet is increasingly a part of all of our lives, it is important for children to gain awareness of their role in a larger digital society. This series promotes effective and responsible use of technology by discussing topics such as internet safety, smart Internet searches, reliable sources, cyberbullying, and many others. It also stresses the permanent nature of the Internet, and its ability to impact future employment opportunities, an important concept for children to learn early. The information is detailed and organized, with visual aides (photos, diagrams) to accompany the text.
VERDICT This series would be a useful addition to any public or school library collection to assist with lessons on technology and how to be a good digital citizen.
Each volume addresses middle-grade kids directly, suggesting practical moves (skim websites to determine usefulness), warnings (never plagiarize), and critical thinking (what is the website's purpose: to inform or advertise?). Cautions about personal safety, appropriate language and sites, spam, and other issues are firm but not frightening. Color photos show kids using computers, laptops, and smartphones alone and with adults. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. Review covers the following Searchlight Books: What Is Digital Citizenship? titles: Digital Safety Smarts, Smart Internet Surfing, Smart Online Communication, and Smart Online Searching.

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