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Welcome to Middle Grade Monday! I was contacted by Emilio Iasiello about his book, The Web Paige Chronicles. What drew me to offer a spotlight was the theme, security in today's web crazy world.
With this mission in mind, Web embarks on a journey of helping friends, relatives, and parents to better understand how computers work while teaching them about the dangers that lurk in cyberspace. The manuscript follows Web as she helps her young friends address some of the most pressing issues facing them on the Internet today such as cyber bullying, sexual predators, and sexting. In each chapter, Web is an empathetic presence, helping her friends identify the pitfalls that lurk in cyberspace, providing them guidance with how to better identify, mitigate, and when possible, remediate the threat. As her journey progresses, Web teaches her friends, as well as the reader, how to operate safely using computers and especially the new popular technologies and games enjoyed by so many people today.
Things take a dark turn when her close friend is the target of a sexual predator, the fallout from sexting, and the cyber bullying that follows. Web must help her friend recover from the trauma of these acts, as well as show her and others how to protect themselves against such threats, as well as show them, and the reader, sources to get more information and help from these all-too-real situations facing all kids on the Internet today. The Web Paige Chronicles bring to light the benefits and dangers of the Internet facing our youth, and provides them the information needed to deal with them through real-life events.
1. Tell me about the book in your own words.
Wilhelmina Evangeline Beatriz Paige is better known as "Web" to her friends because of her seemingly endless knowledge of computers. Always eager to lend a hand, she takes pride in helping the "technically-challenged" in her neighborhood as part of her "pay-it-forward" philosophy. But when her closest friends become the targets of cyber bullying and online predators, Web realizes that safely navigating the Internet is more than just using strong passwords and antivirus protection. By helping those who can't help themselves, Web embarks on a journey through which she learns things from not only her friends, but also strangers, adults, and most importantly, herself.
2. Why did you write this book?
The reasons I wrote The Web Paige Chronicles was to first - write a book that my children could read in the near future. It is my first attempt at merging my two passions - cyber security and writing - together. While I have written academic writing on cyber security, my goal was to create a story that focused on how children used computers and the Internet, as their aptitude for navigating the Internet is increasing every year, and they are able to do it at a younger age. The Web Paige Chronicles focuses on a twelve-year-old girl who uses her skills and knowledge to use the Internet appropriately and safely. The book covers the very issues that the youth of today are facing (such as bullying, sexting, online predators) and discusses them in a frank manner. I feel that this is a good book that parents and children can read together because it helps bring up these issues so that they can talk about them together. And finally, The Web Paige Chronicles provides links to online resources for both parents and children to access for more information and for tips to improve their online security profiles.
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