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Alicia Connected: The Big Gift Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway

Does your child have easy access to the Internet, or even have his or her own electronic device? If so, are you concerned about their online safety? You may find some useful tips from cybersecurity expert Derek Fisher's new book Alicia Connected: The Big Gift. Enter to win a signed copy!

About the Book:

Book Title: Alicia Connected: The Big Gift by Derek Fisher
Category: Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12), 86 pages
Publisher: Securely Built
Release date: May 2020
Tour dates: June 28 to July 16, 2021
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.

My Review:

Alicia Connected: The Big Gift is an informative and educational chapter book that follows a young girl named Alicia as she learns to navigate the digital wonderland under the close supervision of her parents. Alicia carefully drops hints at her parents about the one gift she really wants for her upcoming birthday: a tablet of her own. She can't wait to check out all the fun games and apps that her friends and classmates have been talking about once her wish comes true. But there is so much to learn, from setting a password for her tablet, to downloading and installing the apps, and to creating an account for each app. Luckily, her parents are always there to help. While she enjoys getting connected with her real-life friends in the virtual world, she learns some important lessons from one of her classmates, who misuses the tablet and gets too obsessed with social media and online popularity.

Cybersecurity is a very pertinent issue that concerns kids and parents as the use of Internet-ready electronic devices becomes more prevalent. Without proper parental control, children can easily fall victim to cybercrime, including but not limited to bulllying, hacking, fraud, and even abduction. Through Alicia's highly relatable experience, the book goes into great details about how to protect your identity and privacy over the Internet, such as choosing a username that is easy to remember but reveals no personal information, staying vigilant about friend requests from complete strangers, and asking for parental assistance or permission whenever you feel uncertain or uncomfortable about something. The story stresses the essential role that parents should play in providing guidance and protection for their young and inexperienced Internet users. It also sets up an admirable example for effective and agreeable parent-child communications. Overall, it's an easy and useful read for middle graders who look forward to venturing into the complex online world independently.

Buy the Book: Amazon | B&N | IndieBound | Author Website

About 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

One lucky person will win a signed copy of Alicia Connected: The Big Gift!

Giveaway ends 7/23. Open to US only. Please enter using the form below. Good luck!

ALICIA CONNECTED: The Big Gift Book Tour Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. All views and opinions expressed are my own. icefairy's Treasure Chest is not responsible for winner selection or prize fulfillment.

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