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I’m delighted to tell you my new book has just been published. Woop! It’s called ‘Virtually Me – your manifesto for online life.’

It’s for young people aged 10 – 14 years (so that’s roughly Year 6 – Year 9) and it helps them figure out their own personal policy about how to handle social media and digital devices.   9781910306031_cover-backYou can get it here. Click on the pics of the pages so you can get a better look. To have a look inside the book, click here where you can ‘Look Inside.’

It’s completely non-judgmental, it never tells the reader what to do and (hopefully) should make them laugh. There are loads of activity pages to get them to think about different aspects of their online lives.

  • Public v private – what’s the difference? What should definitely, always be private?
  • Social media – does it matter how many friends and followers you have? How do you feel when you’re waiting for notifications?
  • Safety – how do you stay safe online?
  • Challenges – creative challenges to get readers to use the internet in inspiring, surprising ways.
  • What you gonna do? – moral dilemmas we often face on social media.

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By the end of the book, the reader will be ready to create their own manifesto for online (and offline) life. It’s powerful stuff. Did I mention you can get it here?

The internet is a wonderful, intoxicating, uncensored playground full of astounding, jaw-dropping, tantalising clickbait…but as we know, it has its dark side. For young people, the internet is an alluring place full of possibilities. It’s also full of other, less wonderful stuff.

As a mum, I’m wary of letting my kids loose online without having a conversation about self-regulation. I’m concerned that young people’s mental health and self-esteem are eroded by social media and the constant pressure of being available. This article describes how ‘Facebook depression’ is a real psychological condition. Scientist Aric Sigman has also written extensively about how screen-time and online interaction is actually changing our biology. Sexting is also a disturbing – and widespread – phenomenon. This article chimes with Virtually Me, as it suggests teens need help in self-regulating internet use.

VirtuallyMe_p48We’re living through the digital renaissance. The internet has changed the way we live, work and communicate. It’s the catalyst for massive social change. And young people need help to navigate their way through the online world and live their online life to the fullest. Hopefully Virtually Me can help them do just that.

And the best bit? 10% of the profit from Virtually Me will go to charities working with children and young people. The charities the book will support include:

Foundation4Peace
Teenage Cancer Trust
Debate Mate
NSPCC
Cash for Kids
Cybersmile

If you’d like to buy the book, click here. You know, no pressure.

For more info on my other books, click here.

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