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Internet safety and security

gitlin_cyber-attackGitlin, Martin and Goldstein, Margaret J.  Cyber Attack
Middle school, high school     72 pp.     Twenty-First Century

A tour of internet tinkering begins with innocently inventive cyber explorers and leads progressively into an overview of the latest destructive cybercrimes. The schemes of hackers and other troublemakers are described in detail. Topics such as the “darknet” (internet underworld) and the “digital cold war” raise serious timely questions about increasing surveillance in defense of our expanding cyberspace. Reading list, websites. Bib., ind.
Subjects: Social Issues; Internet; Crime; Computers

heos_be-safe-on-the-internetHeos, Bridget  Be Safe on the Internet
Gr. K–3
     24 pp.     Amicus Illustrated

Illustrated by Silvia Baroncelli. Be Safe! series. A little boy teaches his dog about online safety. Aimed at a young audience, this very basic introduction discusses creating passwords and user names, email and gaming etiquette, and recognizing spam — some challenging vocabulary may frustrate less confident readers. Both the friendly text and cheery illustrations imbue the presentation with humor. “Safety Rules to Remember” are appended. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: General Knowledge; Internet; Computers; Safety

january_information-insecurityJanuary, Brendan  Information Insecurity: Privacy Under Siege
Middle school, high school     96 pp.     Twenty-First Century

Privacy doesn’t really exist, profit motives spur businesses to cull information wherever they can find it, and government agencies analyze and share gigabytes of data constantly. Cautionary chapters describe vulnerabilities lurking in cyberspace. Anecdotes are a reality check for teen users who may not be aware of eroding privacy. Reading list, websites. Bib., glos., ind.
Subjects: Government, Economics, and Education; Privacy, Right of; Safety; Internet; Computers

lindeen_digital-safety-smartsLindeen, Mary  Digital Safety Smarts: Preventing Cyberbullying
Gr. 4–6     40 pp.     Lerner

Lindeen, Mary  Smart Internet Surfing: Evaluating Websites and Advertising
Gr. 4–6     40 pp.     Lerner

Lindeen, Mary  Smart Online Communication: Protecting Your Digital Footprint           
Gr. 4–6     40 pp.     Lerner

Lindeen, Mary  Smart Online Searching: Doing Digital Research
Gr. 4–6
     40 pp.     Lerner

Searchlight Books: What Is Digital Citizenship? series. 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.
Subjects: Internet; Safety; Online social networks; Communication; Computers; Advertising; Behavior—Bullying

rooney_internet-safetyRooney, Anne  Internet Safety
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Sea to Sea

Let’s Read and Talk About… series. Each double-page spread poses a main question, which is answered with several more targeted questions and simple responses. Full-color photos on each page show kids and adults using laptops, cell phones, etc. Boxes suggest activities and topics for discussion. The basic information is audience-appropriate. Websites. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Life Skills; Internet; Computers; Safety

From the September 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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