How I learned to stop worrying and love the internet: Slaying Digital Dragons is an antidote to the hazards!
Slaying Digital Dragons is a timely, thoroughly researched divulgence of the many dangers to which our young people are exposed in this internet age, and this achievement in itself makes it a valuable and necessary book to read. Happily, the book is anything but a screed: the author applauds all that is wonderfully accessible on the internet even as he painstakingly catalogues its dangers (bullying, predatory advances, phishing, scamming, malware are examples) and guides the young readers he addresses with indispensable tips on how to safely navigate this potential behemoth. Dr. Packer's unique ability to relate to youngsters is once again manifest in this encyclopaedic exploration of how the internet works and what it does and tries to do and highlights the good as well as the bad. He offers solutions to addictive behavior and healthy alternatives and does so in a way sure to please. I loved 'My Resistance Manifesto.' It should be poster size and on every teen's bedroom wall. The wonder of the book with its serious message is its engaging, engrossing prose style. Clearly well informed, Packer directs his expertise with levity that is delightfully witty - guffaw provoking - and certain to appeal to young readership as much as to their elders. The book is full of charming illustrations and a clever repartee between author and his young readers in comic bubbles appear throughout, adding to the fun read of a critical topic. I've bought my five copies for grandchildren's Christmas stockings. I urge every parent and grandparent to do the same. It is the most loving gift you can give them.