Staying Safe Online
Five interactive eBooks for grades 7-12 will simulate a real-life Internet experience within the safety of an instructional, guided, and fun platform. In an era where so much of our communication exists in the online world, it's sometimes easy for teens to feel invulnerable and forget the risks associated with interacting online. The goal of this series is to create savvy cybercitizens who don't fear the Internet, but can make informed and sophisticated decisions every time they sign on. Each book covers today's hot topic issues, including cyberbullying, online predators, social networking, privacy, and online games. Realistic chat scenarios, friend requests, and e-mails plunge users into the online world. Teens will create avatars, choose status updates, and be receptive learners as they actively engage with and participate in the program. For example, Stopping Cyberbullying shows users how to deal with online bullying, including how to respond to (or ignore) a bully and turning to an adult for help, while Using Social Networks focuses on creating a secure online profile and making smart choices about sharing information online. These innovative interactive eBooks can be projected on a whiteboard, bringing the entire class in on the discussion. In-classroom learning tools include lesson plans, reproducibles, research sheets, and more. Additional eBook features include embedded safety tips; vocabulary terms defined in context; sidebars that further explore important or high-interest material; and credible, vetted resources to find help or get more information.
* Reviews *Interactive eBook Review: Teen CyberSmarts
"This interactive eBook collection will be a valuable tool for secondary schools that want to delve into 21st century learning with their students. ... The vivid pictures and photos in the print books are even more vivid online. The site was easily accessed by multiple computers, and at different times of day. There are lesson plan and curriculum aids for teachers such as pretests, post-tests, and blogs. The site will appeal mostly to middle school students, but can also be used by high schools. It could help with extended learning for the advanced, as well as aid the struggling reader, or the English learner, in that it can read to a student who wishes it."
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Interactive eBook Review: Teen CyberSmarts
"The text is very current, the images are appealing and the books are filled with real world examples and good suggestions to the problems that teens experience at this point in their online worlds. But my favorite part, and it may also be the case for teens, is the social networking simulations that are placed above and on the right side of the text. ... The collection goes way beyond what most would consider a basic ebook. They actually provide an interactive experience complete with simulations, videos, online quizzes so that students can self-check their comprehension, as well as lessons and other teaching tools. ... TeenCyberSmarts meets a need."