For immediate release | September 10, 2010

Being an effective technology mentor for young people

CHICAGO—ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “I Found It on the Internet: Coming of Age Online, Second Edition,” by Frances Jacobson Harris. Today’s teens immerse themselves in the world of technology as never before. But texting, tweeting, chatting, blogging and other social networking largely occur in a free-for-all environment of unbridled access; quality takes a backseat to quantity. To help librarians, educators and parents step in to guide teens’ decision making, Frances Jacobson Harris offers a thoroughly updated edition of her classic book, including:

  • Advice on how to help young people make good decisions, especially in such thorny areas as music and media sharing;
  • Tools for formulating information and communication policies, with research and commentary on the latest technology;
  • Practical ways of dealing with the problematic issues of hacking, cheating, privacy, harassment and access to inappropriate content.
Harris is the librarian at University Laboratory High School, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is professor of library administration, University Library. She team-teaches a required computer literacy course sequence for eighth- and ninth-grade students that includes information-literacy and Internet-ethics components. She is the author of many articles and presents frequently on topics related to young adults, Internet ethics and digital information.
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Rob Christopher