In her second adventure in Cyberland with her friend Webby, Nettie is shocked to discover Charlie the dog pretending to be her after she had left her tablet device unlocked.
Young children may not be able to read words or design passwords, but they can begin to understand the importance of keeping things safe. Parents and carers will also be opening a discussion about privacy which is important to small children outside of their use of computers and devices. Using the story of Nettie and Webby, adults can continue their introduction to cybersecurity that they began in the first books. For young children it is not only about getting them to behave securely online, it is also about establishing a way children and adults can talk about cyber security as they grow. In this book the start the conversation is around the importance of locking screens on devices, but where it goes from there is up to you. Academic research has shown the importance of planting the seeds of understanding of password safety with children as soon as possible so they develop good safe cyber habits.
Further discussion at the end of the book points towards a basic understanding about designing secure password security and the importance of keeping passwords private.
"Cyber Security is as much a part of everyday life as crossing the road. Wendy’s teaching experience and creative flair brings the online world into focus with the real life challenges young children face as they learn to navigate the internet. Nettie is perfect for starting conversations around online safety and cyber security in an engaging and non-threatening way. It should feature on bookcases in all homes with young children – alongside book 1!" Heather Toomey, Cyber Lead, Derbyshire's Education Data Hub
"Wonderful addition to the previous book in this ‘Nettie in Cyberland’ series. With all children growing up with technology right from early age, is so very important to inculcate cyber safety and security principles. This book continues to do it in very child friendly and engaging way using story telling and nice illustrations." Teju Herath, Associate Processor in Information Systems, Brock University