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On the Internet
Our First Talk About Online Safety
By (author): Dr. Jillian Roberts Illustrated by: Jane Heinrichs
9781459820944 Hardcover, Picture book, Paper over boards, Printed dust jacket English Juvenile: Age (years) from 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) from 1 - 3, Grade (US) from 1 - 3, Reading age from 6 - 8 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Computers / Internet & Social Media Feb 19, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active 8.5 x 10 x 0.38 in | 440 gr 32 pages 25 Colour illustrations, 30 FSC certified – mixed sources C016245 Orca Book Publishers
OLA Best Bets—Honorable Mention 2019, Commended
An introductory look at how to keep children safe online.

On the Internet: Our First Talk About Online Safety introduces children to the basics of online safety in a story-based, conversational style. Using real-world examples set within the context of a child who is using the Internet for the first time and watching an older sibling interact with social media, Dr. Roberts takes readers through several common scenarios around parental supervision, online bullying and anonymity. She also includes examples of people who use the Internet to make the world a better place. On the Internet addresses common safety concerns in a child-centered way and offers easy-to-understand rationales as to why it's important to maintain boundaries online just as in real life.

The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues that they may encounter outside their homes, in an accessible way. Sidebars offer further reading for older children or care providers who have bigger questions. For younger children just starting to make these observations, the simple question-and-answer format of the main text will provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject matter.

Dr. Jillian Roberts is a renowned child psychologist, author, professor and parent. She earned her PhD at age twenty-six, became one of the youngest associate professors at the University of Victoria at thirty-two and shortly after became the associate dean of the Faculty of Education. During this time Dr. Roberts built one of Victoria, British Columbia's most successful child-psychology practices. Considered a go-to child psychology expert for journalists, Dr. Roberts has had her work published in the New York Times and the Toronto Sun, is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Global News, and has been interviewed by The Tyee and the CBC. Her bestselling Just Enough series of children's books was released in 2016 to international acclaim. In early 2017 Dr. Roberts co-founded FamilySparks to offer families a supportive, resource-rich community to help them navigate our increasingly complicated world.

Jane Heinrichs is a children's book writer and illustrator. She starts her day at a clear desk with her huge sketchbook (for books) and her tiny sketchbook (for daily drawings) but usually ends up sitting on the floor, surrounded by a collection of paints, pencils and papers. Jane lives in the UK with her family.

Key Selling Points

A candid Q&A for children who are interacting with the internet for the first time.

Themes include online safety, digital citizenship, positive online examples.

Looks at the internet through the lens of a young person whose older sibling or classmates are using the internet.

The World Around Us series is written in an accessible question and answer format that can be read on its own. Sidebars with further questions and definitions, for further discussion

Marketing and Promotional Plans

Print and online advertising campaigns

Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade

Extensive ARC distribution, including  NetGalley

Blog and social media promotion

More information available at

"Caregivers may find this useful as a starting point." - Kirkus Review

"All children and parents will find this book useful; whether they use the internet or not. It's good to be informed." - Resource Links

"Start[s] a conversation, for both children and caregivers, about navigating the online waters. Recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“This book should be required reading for all children, not just children who are beginners…The advice offered in this book is of universal importance and the book should be part of all elementary school curriculum.” - Must Read Literature: K thru YA

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