This had a grand total of ZERO circs and it really isn’t that great for content either. No mention of issues of copyright. No real discussion of safety other than a comment: “if you see something that upsets you, tell a grownup.”
Okay how about this one:
Make Your Own Web Page
A guide for kids
Pedersen and Moss
Not that bad for HTML practice,but of course dated for what most kids are looking for in computer books. No discussion of copyright or safety issues either.
Try this one:
Build Your Own Website
I am a fan of Usborne materials from way back. This one is excellent for 1998! Although not much on safety issues (maybe we weren’t concerned enough over a decade ago to make it an issue!) but there is a discussion on copyright and using public domain materials.
Of course it wouldn’t be a post from me without a teen nonfiction gripe. So here it is:
The cover is dull but the insides aren’t too bad. It is a decent overview of careers, e-commerce, and some very brief history. A brief discussion of security issues and potential safety problems were included. Not a bad purchase in 2002, but it needed to be gone as soon as Facebook and other social media were part of the teen culture. By the way, this poor book had zero circs as well, so my guess is that these books aren’t meeting the needs of teens anyway.
Run, don’t walk, to your youth technology sections and take a good look.
To all celebrating Thanksgiving, have a wonderful holiday!
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