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Book Review: A Beginner’s Guide to On-line Security by Wendi Finn

This is a book I think we should look into, even though it’s written for young readers age 10+.
Thanks Erik, and your mom, for your review of this book. 

PS:  I also discovered there is now a workbook to go with this book.

You can find A Beginner’s Guide to On-line Security listed on my BUY THE BOOK! page.

This Kid Reviews Books

onlinesecurityA Beginner’s Guide to On-line Security: A workbook for all ages (Staying Safe In Today’s World of Technology) (Volume 1)

By Wendi Finn

Illustrated by Kari Shakely

Paperback: 26 pages – ages 10+

Published by CreateSpace on August 6, 2013

Taken from Amazon’s description –

“In May of 2013 the Huffington Post reported teens send and receive over one hundred text messages per day. It is said 94% of teenagers are using social media. Finally a tool has been developed to educate our young users of technology in appropriate on-line habits and security best practice. “

This book is a guide to Internet safety for kids and adults. It covers a variety of topics from emails to Facebook to video chats. It explains a topic and then has a “Do It Yourself” section that kids fill out and parents and teachers can use to talk about it with kids.

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Do you feel safe on the Internet?

While visiting another writer’s blog I was inspired to write on a related topic, but then something else came up, something on the news. The original topic will have to wait because this is something that has been brewing in my brain for awhile now.

How do you feel about Online Safety?

There is so much going wrong in that department. We often hear on the news about children at risk, and not only children. Too often there are stories about minors of all ages being lured into dangerous situations and relationships. Even adults of all walks of life get tricked into placing themselves in harm’s way. The Internet has become an easy tool to target the unsuspecting and vulnerable.

Admittedly, I post things about myself but I rarely mention personal details about my family members, nor do I call them by name or post pictures of them. And my children are all grown, but I have a young grandson. Maybe someday I will feel differently, but my concern is that I would put them at risk should I post information that would potentially lead the wrong person to them. What my daughters post on their own is up to them, though. I have no control over that anymore. I wish I did.

It amazes me how much personal information people feel free to tell in such a worldwide public venue. What has happened to privacy? There is so much talk these days about not allowing one’s children to get into websites that could eventually hook them up with the wrong people who make it their business to stalk the innocent. Then on the other hand … what I don’t understand is that there are parents/guardians who probably are concerned that way about their own children and would not allow them – when they become old enough to use a computer – to share things online that would put them at risk … but, those same parents/guardians share information and photos of those same loved children because they are proud of them – and rightfully so. But, where is the line, though? That is my question?

What I am glad about is that there are qualified, skilled people who track and hunt down offenders who – by using the Internet to get to them – violate the safety and rights of our most vulnerable. It takes a lot of dedication to find those perpetrators, and I applaud their commitment.

So, how do you feel about it? When is it not safe to share on the Internet? And when it is no problem?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂