5 Top Children's Books
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With Safer Internet Day (11th Feb 2020) just around the corner, we've picked out five children's book that are great for exploring the concept of esafety with primary school pupils. Troll Stinks! Jeanne Willis & Tony Ross This is a great choice of book for exploring the topic of e-safety and cyberbullying with young children. Billy the Goat and his friend Cyril are playing with a phone when they decide to send mean messages to the troll living under the bridge. Soon the two friends discover that their online actions have had a big impact on troll's feelings and that their messages were not such a fun idea after all. For more on online safety, you may also like Chicken Clicking (available here) and #Goldilocks (available here) by the same authors. Also features on: Anti-Bullying Booklist Buy on Amazon Learn the Language of Social Media William Anthony A stylishly designed colourful glossary of words relating to social media. Organized alphabetically, the book explains a range of terms from bitmojis and boomerangs to memes and moderators, all in an informative and accessible way. Whether you are a netiquette nerd or you don't know your YOLO from your YouTube, this a great guide to have to hand as you equip pupils in KS2 to cope with the fast-changing world of social media. Also features on: Computing, Coding & Gaming Booklist Buy on Amazon Penguinpig Stuart Spendlow & Amy Bradley Written by teacher, PenguinPig is designed to teach the concept of safety to young children and is a great choice of book for EYFS and KS1. The story features a little girl who becomes intrigued by a PenguinPig that she encounters online. When she takes the decision to go out and meet the Penguinpig for herself, she learns how things are not always as they seem on the internet and that from now on she must think before she clicks. You may also like MonkeyCow (available here), produced by the same team, which focuses on keeping passwords safe. Buy on Amazon Ant Clancy: Games Detective Ruth Morgan Designed to appeal to children with a love of gaming, Ant Clancy: Games Detective is a fast-paced adventure story that could be enjoyed by any reader who likes an action-packed mystery story. Ant is the only person in Westford Abbey who can’t get into playing Ray-Chay, the new virtual reality game that everyone else is obsessed with. Soon something goes very wrong with the game, which somehow spills over into real life, and Ant is the person who will get to the bottom of what’s happening and try to put things right. As the story unfolds, the line between the gaming world and reality is blurred even further in the race to uncover the truth. This is a good springboard into discussions around staying safe in the realms of online gaming. Also features on: Reading for Pleasure Blog Buy on Amazon Staying Safe Online Louie Stowell Covering important e-safety topics including cyberbullying and social media messaging, this is an essential book to help older children to know how to protect themselves in the digital world. Find out how online interactions can affect friendships, why cyberbullying is so dangerous and how image-sharing can get out of control. Due to the nature of the topics covered, this is most suitable for upper KS2+ or as a book to dip in and out of at your discretion. Also features on: Anti-Bullying Booklist