Virtual Danger: Staying Safe Online

Virtual Danger: Staying Safe Online

by Anne Brown
     
 

The birth of the Internet revolutionized communication, information, social networking, shopping—and crime. Thieves, predators, and bullies have all made the Internet their new pipeline to find victims. Part of the What’s the Issue? series, Virtual Danger: Keeping Safe Online explores the tricks that criminals use to prey on unsuspecting Web users

Overview

The birth of the Internet revolutionized communication, information, social networking, shopping—and crime. Thieves, predators, and bullies have all made the Internet their new pipeline to find victims. Part of the What’s the Issue? series, Virtual Danger: Keeping Safe Online explores the tricks that criminals use to prey on unsuspecting Web users and identifies ways to avoid becoming a victim. Personal stories, quizzes, and places to get help are included.

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Children's Literature - Heather Robertson Mason
The Internet is integral to teens' lives today. It is how they do research, how they plan events, how they communicate with friends. This book, one of the "What's the Issue" series, lays out what dangers exist when youth venture into cyberspace. Most books of this genre focus on online predators. This book, however, goes beyond and includes information on identity theft and cyber bullying. For each section, the author includes plenty of real-life examples of teens who have fallen victim to these crimes. The last chapter tells teens how they can defend themselves against all types of online crime. The book is easy to read and would be accessible to middle schoolers or low-level high schoolers. It is straightforward in explaining each type of crime, and with the exception of the cyber bullying chapter where the victims end up killing themselves, it steers away from scare tactics. In fact, in the chapter on online predators, it includes many stories about kids who have met one online but were too smart to fall for the bait. There are few facts, however, only anecdotes. The other shortcoming is in organization. The last chapter gives advice on defending oneself against virtual criminals. It would have been an easier read had those tips been included in the chapters on each specific crime, but the tips they include are definitely good ones and go well beyond just "tell your parents." Reviewer: Heather Robertson Mason

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756542511
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Series:
What's the Issue? Series
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
920L (what's this?)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

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