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The Kid's Guide to Surfing Through Cyberspace
by Debra and Brad Schepp
Kids in Cyberspace, Slightly Out of Focus
by Chris Lapham
is a contributing editor to CMC Magazine.
The Schepps have a sense of humor, and it shows in this
book. (I particularly liked their subtle praise of Macs in
the "Building Your Spaceship" chapter.) Their language is
direct, and the vast amount of good information in this
book is presented in a clear and accessible way. I was
very impressed with their section on
"Netiquette for Kids." It's the
best part of the book. This cyber-savvy duo's advice ranges
from the ultra pragmatic, "Don't type in all caps," to the extremely
perceptive, "Be yourself--don't hide behind your computer monitor."
The Not So Good....
For whom was Kidnet written? Kids, parents, teachers? Perhaps
all of the above. If this text has a flaw, it's a lack of focus. In
attempting such a broad reach--both parents and kids
especially--Kidnet fails to serve any one very well.
I believe targeting a single
audience--either kids or parents--would punch up the real
power of this book, which is its depth of the research.
The Bottom Line.....
is a useful text if you're looking for a broad, comprehensive
look at what the Internet and various commercial online services
offer school-age children. But if you've already been scouting
around cyberspace--especially the Web--you might look for a more
targeted and specific guide.
Copyright © 1996 by Chris Lapham. All Rights Reserved.