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Txt Me L8r: Using Technology Responsibly

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Technology is no joke. We live in a fast-paced, connected world, and you're likely in the center of these cutting-edge trends. But what if you're too connected? Constantly texting friends, gaming, or shopping online? Too many profiles? Questionable online "friends"? Or what if you're not connected at all, thanks to tough parental rules? Take some time to think about the best-and safest-ways to use this great gear, and then TXT L8R! After all, technology should help you live your...

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Overview

Technology is no joke. We live in a fast-paced, connected world, and you're likely in the center of these cutting-edge trends. But what if you're too connected? Constantly texting friends, gaming, or shopping online? Too many profiles? Questionable online "friends"? Or what if you're not connected at all, thanks to tough parental rules? Take some time to think about the best-and safest-ways to use this great gear, and then TXT L8R! After all, technology should help you live your life, not rule it.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
It was 1995 and the location was a community college in Florida. The librarians were discussing the young man who came in each day to use the computer and who seemed totally unaware of anything else going on around him. Words like anti-social and tunnel-vision were used by the adults to explain the problems that this young man was creating for himself. Now, fifteen years later, the whole world seems to have gone technology crazy. The young mother in the car with three screaming babies is busy talking on the cell phone. The husband shopping in the store is telling his wife, by way of cell phone, which colors a product is available in. The student who has to stay late at school is texting the parent, or the buddies, that he will be late. Book reports are copied from the Internet so that the student no longer has to read the book or even hold the book. Clothing is bought from an unseen store in an unseen location, and social websites invite teens to tell the world who they are. Technology is indeed addictive and some kids get so involved in their life on the computer that they do not have time for real friends or real events. Author Harris addresses the need for responsible use of technology. She addresses the problems of social websites by introducing the reader to Olivia, who shares some information with a friend that eventually is shared with the online friends of that website. Gabby's parents do not allow her to have access to the Internet at home or to have a cell phone. When Gabby misses an event with her friends because she cannot contact them, she becomes angry with her mom. Once she calms down and approaches her mom with apologies and a plan for using the cell phone wisely and helping to pay for it, she finds her mom more than willing to take a second look. Author Harris has consulted with Dr. Robyn Silverman, whose greatest success has been in the area of working with young people to help them identify and achieve their dreams. The format presents a situation or problem, then follows with a case study and questions for the reader, allowing the reader to consider possible options and alternatives. An index, a glossary, and suggested readings make this a worthy read for middle school students and a worthwhile purchase for adults working with this age group. Reviewer: Joyce Rice
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—These titles combine "true-to-life" stories with advice from a child and adolescent development specialist. Harris discusses using cell phones, instant messaging, and gaming and social-networking sites in a safe and responsible manner. Is This Really My Body? discusses the physical changes that occur during puberty, while This Is Me focuses on physical challenges such as weight issues, using a wheelchair, and vision problems. Tourville's Out of the Dark contains strategies for coping with emotional challenges like divorce, loss of a relative, death of a pet, and moving. Some of the stories are a bit melodramatic but do represent the trials and tribulations that many adolescent girls go through. Though earnest and well-intentioned, the expert advice and author comments come across like platitudes. The stock photographs are unimpressive, but the overall design is uncluttered and orderly. These hi/lo titles could be used as starting points for discussions.—Elaine Baran Black, Georgia Public Library Service, Atlanta
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604537543
  • Publisher: ABDO Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Essential Health: Strong Beautiful Girls Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 822,734
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Meet Dr. Robyn 6

Take It from Me 8

Chapter 1 The Facebook Era 10

Chapter 2 Cyber Bully 20

Chapter 3 Clueless Parents 30

Chapter 4 The Online Shopper 40

Chapter 5 The Gamer 50

Chapter 6 The Web Prey 60

Chapter 7 The Texter 70

Chapter 8 Taboo Web 80

Chapter 9 Danger Sites 90

A Second Look 102

Pay It Forward 104

Additional Resources 106

Glossary 108

Index 110

About the Author 112

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