EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STAYING SAFE IN CYBERSPACE by Jennifer Croft

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT STAYING SAFE IN CYBERSPACE

Age Range: 12 - 14
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KIRKUS REVIEW

For pre-teens and teens dealing with some of the problems of surfing the Internet, a guide that proves too superficial to be of much use. Croft discusses online predators, shopping, filters, viruses, hate speech, chat rooms, cookies, and maintaining a balance between living in real life and cyberspace. But her slender volume doesn’t come close to justifying its title. Many issues, such as encountering pornography, are handled in the most cursory fashion, and suggestions, such as notifying the ISP of harassers, are given without any explanation of how to implement them. While Croft is targeting teen readers, the text size, reading level, and content all suggest a younger audience. The author takes tact to an extreme; more lurid aspects of the online experience are never confronted directly, and she suggests that any parent controls are really intended for younger siblings. The issue of staying safe in cyberspace doesn’t get the thorough and courageous treatment it requires. (glossary, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 12- 14)

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1999
ISBN: 0-8239-2957-4
Page count: 64pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 1999




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