Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday-- Back to School

Top Ten Tuesday is a really cool original feature/weekly meme created over at The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new Top Ten List that bloggers join in on answering... and today (August 22nd) I'm one of them :)

Today's Topic

Top Ten Books For A Dangers Of Social Media Class



  • Now that my child is DANGEROUSLY close to becoming a tween, I've been thinking a lot about all the internet crap that is about to land in his lap.  He already is obsessed with certain YouTubers and wants to be just like them.  He's already bugging me for a phone.  UGHH.  So, in honor of all my parental fears-- here are some books that I think should be read in a class for teens about what's OUT THERE waiting for them in the social media world:





1.  Follow Me Back (#1) by A.V. Geiger
  • Lesson-- Oh man, SO MANY.  This one might just be an overview of how social media can play a role in something dark.

2.  Antisocial by Jillian Blake
  • Lesson-- Our digital footprint these days is OUT OF CONTROL and SCARY.

3.  Identity Crisis by Melissa Schorr
  • Lesson-- You don't know who the people you're talking to REALLY are-- or what their motives for friending you are.
4.  Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown
  • Lesson-- Don't send pictures to ANYONE that you wouldn't want EVERYONE to see.  He might be your boyfriend now, but what happens if you break up under nasty circumstances??
5.  Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman
  • Lesson-- When you say something mean on the internet, you don't know what the person you are saying it to is going through-- and you don't know their mental state or if what you said is their breaking point.


6.  Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett
  • Lesson-- It's not a bad thing to keep personal info off of social media.
7.  The Future Of Us by Jay Asher
  • Lesson-- What you put on social media can change your life.
8.  Blaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton
  • Lesson-- Even if something seems innocent, things sent over social media can be construed to look bad.  Be careful what you send.
9.  Want to Go Private? by Sarah Darer Littman
  • Lesson-- OMG, you NEVER KNOW who is on the other end of your communications unless you actually know them IRL.  Trust NO ONE!!
10.  #Scandal by Sarah Ockler
  • Lesson-- Dealing with internet scandals.




27 comments:

  1. Such a great take on the topic! I've only read Alex, Approximately but I need to check out the rest of these! Totally agree that kids could use these messages about the dangers of social media.

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  2. Awesome to see Follow Me Back on here! I just bought it this weekend and had honestly not heard of it before. Nice to see it pop up all of a sudden, haha!

    Nice list! Will definitely have to check this out some more when I get home - for some reason books regarding social media appeal to me, haha.

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    1. I just read Follow Me Back yesterday and COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. It was so addictive!!! SO ADDICTIVE!!!

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  3. Ooh awesome topic! Follow Me Back and Backlash sound so good, and Alex Approximately is one I wanted to read after seeing a ton of reviews. Some or all of these should be required reading maybe for new teens! Definitely scary thinking about social media and unsuspecting teens...

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    1. Follow Me Back was SO GOOD!! I highly recommend!

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  4. What an amazing list! I want to read more of these books. It's such a relevant and important topic.

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  5. This is such an amazing topic and I am happy to see that more and more books discuss the dangers of social media. I am very intrigued by "Follow Me Back" and "Antisocial".

    Carmen / Carmen`s Reading Corner

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    1. Both were good-- Antisocial was a little TMI with all the personal info. Follow Me Back was ADDICTING as hell!

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  6. I love this list! Click'd by Tamara Ireland Stone is a good one - I think it's out in early September! I really want to read Follow Me Back - I love a good and creepy read! :D

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    1. I DEFINITELY want to read Click'd. Follow Me Back was SO GOOD. SO GOOD.

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  7. This is a great list and idea for the Back to School theme. I've only read #Scandal out of these picks but I do like stories were social media plays a part, will check out the others.
    My Top Ten Books I read for school.

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    1. I kind of love them too in a guilty pleasure kind of way.

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  8. Follow me back was really good and you have really good list here! :)
    Haha I still don't get how tweens and teens of modern days obsess over youtubers o.O

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    1. Woo!!! Glad you liked Follow Me Back. I just read it over the weekend and it's a new fave. And OMG I really really don't get the YouTube thing. Just no.

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  9. Oh I do not want to think about when my kids get older and want a phone and social media accounts. SO scary. I haven't read any of these but want to read Alex Approximately and The Future of Us. #Scandal calls to me too. Great list!

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    1. It's scary isn't it??? The Future of Us was cute and fun and short. I totally recommend it.

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  10. I love your take on this topic! Social media makes me so nervous. My friend's kids have cell phones and they aren't even teenagers yet, and I know some of my friends have let their young kids create social media accounts. I feel like they are way too young/immature for that, but that's just my opinion. She knows her kids better than I would. I know my daughter will be waiting for that kind of stuff until she is way older. We didn't have this kind of issue when I was her age. lol Great list!

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    1. I try not to be judgey, but it's really hard when I see a 7 year old with their own smartphone-- like whaaaaaa? My son knows he's not getting one til he's 14-- which sadly isn't THAT far away. I have a few friends who let their kids get Facebook in elementary school and I was just so confused.

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  11. Hi! All of this is so true! I need to try another Sarah Ockler book. Maybe I'll try this one! I hadn't heard of it. :)
    My TTT
    Leslie

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    1. YES to Sarah Ockler!! She's AMAZING. I highly recommend Bittersweet for a winter read. And Twenty Boy Summer for a summer book!!

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  12. I thought the Future of Us was really cute and well done. Books with memorable school scenes

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  13. The Future of Us was such a thought-provoking story. Good job on that recommendation.

    Here is our TTT

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  14. Yay! So happy to see The Future of Us on your list. I LOVE that book. :)

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  15. I love the way you approached this one! These are great lessons for school-age kids, for sure.

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  16. Fun pick! I only read three of these (Follow Me Back, #Scandal, and Alex), but totally see the SM messages in those books. Some recent faves of mine featuring SM: How to Disappear, 180 Seconds, and This is How it Happened.

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  17. What a great topic for this week. I definitely think teachers should incorporate some of these books for the classroom.

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  18. Awesome picks! This books sound like great lessons for social media obsessed kids!


    Here’s my TTT!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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