As part of digital citizenship week, today we’re talking about Safer Internet Day. There’s some great stuff out there that’s being done – by kids! – to make the internet a safer place to be. One of my favorite recent stories is of Trisha Prablu and her Google Science Fair project.
And you know I need to include a book as well. Actually, we just got a bunch of new books in the library that touch on digital issues. Today seemed like a good day to talk about Random by Tom Leveen.
Tori has been accepted into the “cool kids” clique at school. She gets to hang with the cheerleaders and the jocks. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for her old friend, Kevin, who isn’t quite cool enough to hang and becomes the target of her new friends’ online harassment. When Kevin takes his own life, Tori’s Facebook page becomes the key evidence in a cyberbullying case against Tori and her new friends. The night before the trial begins, she gets a phone call from what seems to be a wrong number. The stranger on the phone tells Tori that he is going to kill himself unless she can convince him otherwise before the sun comes up.
I really enjoyed this book (Leveen also wrote Sick about a zombie virus which is so much fun). Tori really has to think about her role in the attacks on her friend. She needs to examine her relationship with her brother and her one friend who is still standing by her. It’s really interesting and gives you something to think about.