Friday, July 3, 2015

Consumer Critique: One Creepy Street - Spider on the Web

Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

The internet can be a terrifying place, with online predators, cyberbullies, and identity thieves lurking in every corner—and it’s laced with lots of young prey. When children use the web without supervision, they are exposed to a wide range of frightening situations. One father is on a mission to keep our kids safe by using a language they can understand—a cautionary short story with a rhythm and a purpose.
In One Creepy Street: Spider on the Web, he dives into the dangers of online games, social networking, and other seemingly harmless communications. Spider on the Web is a whimsically illustrated story that not only appeals to children but also teaches valuable lessons such as:
  • The perils of social networking and communicating online with strangers.
  • Why sending pictures and other information over the internet is a recipe for disaster.
  • How children can use their parents as online mentors, asking questions if anything seems creepy or suspicious.
 The story has a cute monster theme, and a very realistic situation of a spider who unknowingly goes into a chat room and sets up a place to meet. Luckily this story has a happy ending, but it's a cautionary tale of what could happen and provides a good way to start a discussion about cybersafety.

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