Virtual Danger: Staying Safe Online

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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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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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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756542511
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: Human Body Systems Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 920L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 You're Not as Safe as you Think 4

Chapter 2 Identity Theft 11

Quiz 19

Chapter 3 Cyberbullying 20

Chapter 4 Internet Predators 29

Chapter 5 How to Stay Safe 37

Quiz 43

Glossary 44

Where to Get Help 45

Source Notes 46

Additional Resources 47

Index 48

About the Author

About the Content Adviser

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