Title: Alicia Connected: The Big Gift | Author: Derek Fisher | Genre: Chapter Book | Publisher: Securely Built | Publication Date: May 2020
Book Description: Alicia has finally entered a new world of technology when her parents give her a tablet for her birthday. She has watched and listened to her friends who have already been enjoying the games and apps in a connected world that Alicia has yet to experience. Until now. But using technology can bring a set of challenges that are new to both Alicia and her parents. Understanding the different apps and games and how to use them properly can be tricky. Will Alicia know how to use it in a way that is fun and allows her to connect with her friends while being safe and secure? Both her and her parents will face the excitement and challenges together as she jumps headfirst into using her new tablet.
My Thoughts: All of her friends have a tablet so Alicia is thrilled when she finally gets one for her birthday. But what is so cool about a tablet? And what do you do with it? Alicia will find out with lots of advice from her friends and her parents’ helping hands.
As a mother of a 9yo, I can attest to the fact that it’s difficult to find any child who isn’t obsessed with devices. Love them or hate them, they are a part of life, especially in the latest generation of tech savvy kids. Alicia Connected explores the excitement, confusion and potential pitfalls of tablets. The book blends how-to examples, proper usage warnings and modern tech definitions with a narrative about a girl who is brand new to the world of devices. Spanning school and home settings, devices are shown as helpful in certain situations, confusing in others and downright problems at their worst. Parents play a huge role in the book, monitoring and reminding the children what is right and wrong, while the child characters show restraint for the most part in their usage of technology. The overall viewpoint of the story illustrates that devices aren’t all good or all bad, but that used correctly, they can be helpful and fun.
For more kid-focused information about using technology appropriately, visit AliciaConnected.com.
Meet the Author: Derek Fisher has spent decades in the computer engineering field with the last decade in cybersecurity as a leader, speaker, and instructor. His passion has been to take complex security topics and make them simple and easy to understand. He holds several security certifications and teaches cybersecurity at Temple University where he is also an external advisory board member to the cybersecurity program.
Connect with the Author: Website ~ Facebook ~ Goodreads
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