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.
I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
When Alicia finally gets a tablet for her birthday, she’s excited to learn about all of the games and apps her friends talk about. Her parents talk to her about being safe, as all parents should. When someone wants to be her friend on one of the games, she doesn’t respond as her parents taught her.
Megan, one of Alicia’s friends, is an example of what not to do as a young person online. She posts a picture of her cat dressed up, and in the background are pictures of her family and a banner from their school as well as a stack of books on the desk. A predator would have a heyday with all of the potential information in that one picture. Even though this is a good example of what not to do, I was disappointed that it wasn’t pointed out by anyone.
Alicia Connected: The Big Gift is a chapter book for middle school age readers. Along with the lesson about being online, it is a sweet story about being a good friend.
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.
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