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Book Title: Alicia Connected: The Big Gift by Derek Fisher
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 86 pages
Genre: Middle Grade Fiction
Publisher: Securely Built
Release date: May 2020
Content Rating: G for everyone.
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.
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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Alicia and her best friend Cathy are excited about the new school year. They are also looking forward to Alicia’s upcoming birthday party. Alicia has been wanting her parents to get her a tablet for quite a while now, and she feels like she is the last one of her friend group to get one. She has been asking them as well as hinting around about her wish.
She hears her friends talking about all of the games that they enjoy on their tablets and is so jealous. She imagines how fun it will be to play along. The birthday is wonderful for Alicia and she receives the tablet that she’s always wanted. Her parents give her her father’s old tablet and she is thrilled. Her parents take plenty of time to show Alicia how to use it and set up a private name and password for the game.
Her parents emphasize how important it is to be safe online and not to reply to anyone that she doesn’t know. Alicia gets the online name for her friends and connects with them with her parent’s help. One friend named Megan is more careless with her social media accounts.
One day at school the librarian is teaching the children how to use school tablet’s to find new books. Alicia warns Megan to stop accessing social media during the presentation, but she doesn’t listen. What will happen next? Will Megan get in trouble? Children will learn about how important it is to be safe online with this book.
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