Esperance teacher and author releases cyber safety follow-up

Local author Kim Maslin at the Esperance Library with her first book. Photo: Supplied.
Local author Kim Maslin at the Esperance Library with her first book. Photo: Supplied.

An Esperance teacher and author has followed her successful first book, The Tweeting Galah, with a second book in her series on cyber safety.

Kim Maslin will launch The Surfing Penguin at the Esperance Library on Thursday, January 10 at 10.30am. 

Both her original story and follow-up aim to help families and teachers educate children about cyber safety issues in a fun and engaging way.

The Surfing Penguin sees new animal characters return to the Outback, as they work their way through the digital world.

Characters overcome issues such as cyber bullying, trolling and viewing inappropriate content.

The book is filled with humour and is illustrated by Perth-based artist John Field.

The story includes augmented reality experiences, which are activated by scanning printed codes with a smart device.

“Augmented reality can provide a wonderful opportunity for student engagement and learning,” Mrs Maslin said.

“I wanted to bring these elements into the book as a way of showcasing how we can blend traditional, print texts with new technologies on our devices.

“I’ve found primary school students still love having stories read to them, but of course they also love using their iPads.”

Mrs Maslin said the mix of the two types of learning within the books would get children excited.

Each story concludes with questions that prompt reflection and free lesson plans and resources supporting the book can be downloaded via the Lesson Library on Mrs Maslin’s website.

“I wanted to create something that would make teacher’s lives easier,” she said.

“Something that helped them address key parts of the curriculum, without needing to spend hours planning.

“I think it’s the inclusion of the reflection questions and interactive learning activities alongside the stories, which make these books so special.”

At the launch, Mrs Maslin will be doing a book reading followed by children’s activities and will sell signed copies of her books.

To purchase a copy online click here.