Required Reading

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Pretty Little Things by Jilliane Hoffman

This book is not for the faint of heart. It deals with disposable children. Children who have been abandon by society or have abandoned society. Kids who have run away or have been snatched from all walks of life. Internet predators are specifically addressed and this is the story of Special Agent Bobby Dees and his efforts to save these children.

This was an excellent mystery. It was still hard to read. The predator was despicable and wholly frightening. What was also frightening was the Internet naiveté that kids demonstrate even as the Internet matures. Simply log on to any of the social networks and see the inappropriate postings that could lead to devastating consequences. I would like to see the book used in a middle school reading program led by the guidance department. It’s intensity could be construed as a “scared straight” type of book but it might serve to enlighten kids to some of the dangers they face in an electronic environment.

Do you know that your kids DSi or xBox can communicate to other online users and that neither they or you know who they are REALLY communicating with?

Parents should seek out and read this book. It isn’t necessary to overeact but simply the act of reading this book could help to open some naïve eyes, in both parent and child.

I recommend the book.

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