MG – Privacy in the Digital Age (Series NF)

Buckey, A.W. Privacy in the Digital Age. Core Library, an imprint of Abdo Publishing, 2020. $23.00 ea. $138.00 set of 6. 48p. Grades 3-6.

Hudak, Heather. Cell Phone Privacy. 978-1-53211-889-0.
—. Cybercrime. 978-1-53211-890-6.
Edwards, Sue Bradford. The Dark Web. 978-1-53211-891-3.
Buckey, A.W. Identity Theft. 978-1-53211-892-0.
—. Personal Data Collection. 978-1-53211-893-7.
—. Surveillance. 978-1-53211-894-4.

Using platforms they are very familiar with, such as Netflix, YouTube, Facebook, and even 23andMe, Personal Data Collection introduces middle grade readers to the idea that the convenience that data collection affords may not always be in their best interest. Part of the Privacy in the Digital Age series, this book explores the history of data collection, what data is being collected and why, how that data is being used, and how it could potentially be harmful to individuals. Fast Facts at the end will help students organize their thoughts about what they have read, and guiding questions could be used by educators in a digital literacy lesson.

THOUGHTS: A good introduction to the topic. Graphs, sidebars, and diagrams create interest, and teacher resources are an added bonus.

005.8  Computer Security          Melissa Johnston, North Allegheny SD

Privacy in the Online World…new series nonfiction


Privacy in the Online World (series). San Diego: Reference Point, 2014. 80p. $28.95 ea. Gr. 9 and up.

Abramovitz, Melissa. Online Privacy and Health Care. 978-1-60152-652-6.

Allen, John. Online Privacy and Hacking. 978-1-60152-728-8.

Henderson, Harry. Online Privacy and the Government. 978-1-60152-726-4.

Mooney, Carla. Online Privacy and Business. 978-1-60152-724-0.

Mooney, Carla. Online Privacy and Social Media. 978-1-60152-730-1.

As more and more of citizen’s private information is moved to online and the electronic world, the security of one’s personal information has never been more important.  This five-book series aims to inform readers about the many issues and trends surrounding online privacy.  Each volume connects the topic of online privacy to a single issue.  The books open by presenting basic historical information about the topic being discussed and then expand to discuss current issues and/or controversies surrounding the topic.  Numerous real-life examples (many involving young adults) are used to illustrate some of the privacy pitfalls internet users can experience.  Each book concludes with a section entitled “Online Privacy Tips” which summarizes the information presented throughout the text and gives the reader brief bullet points of information to remember.

300s, 600s (various); Internet      Elizabeth Henry, Lampeter-Strasburg HS/MS

Overall, this series is perhaps best suited to the student conducting research, rather than the casual reader.  The volumes are fairly text heavy and the reader can sometimes get bogged down.  The facts, figures, and examples presented would definitely be of use to a student working on a research assignment, speech, etc.  Librarians and educators who teach lessons relating to internet safety and/or online security may also find some of the topics and examples presented to be of use in the classroom.