Esperance author releases third book in cyber safety series

Innovative trilogy: Author and digital technologies education Kim Maslin has released the third installment of her cyber safety book series. Photo: Sarah Makse.
Innovative trilogy: Author and digital technologies education Kim Maslin has released the third installment of her cyber safety book series. Photo: Sarah Makse.

Cyber safety might not be something that comes to mind when choosing a bedtime story, but is a topic Esperance author and digital technologies educator Kim Maslin hopes to make more accessible to families.

Ms Maslin has recently released The Little Possum Who Looked Up, a story about managing family screen time and the third book in her children's cyber safety book series.

The new title joins previous books The Tweeting Galah and The Surfing Penguin, which have been widely used as teaching tools in primary schools across the country.

The book includes vibrant illustrations of Australian animals and flora with a few hidden pop-culture references hand-painted by Ms Maslin's stepfather, Perth-based artist John Field.

Ms Maslin said it was the concerning trends in screen time and her background in teaching that inspired her to write her latest book.

"I've seen first-hand the effect too much screen time has on kids," she said.

"However, what has struck me recently has been the effect that parents' digital behaviours are having on their children.

"As adults, we all play an important role in modelling appropriate use of technology. I think it is an important and timely topic to address."

Ms Maslin said the book was created as a teaching tool for the classroom and home, with reflection questions included based on key parts of the school curriculum.

"I'm particularly excited about this book because although it will be used by teachers it can be used at home as well, it is more of a classic book to read at night,' she said.

"I really would love families to have a chat about their screen time use and put in place guidelines that work for them as a family."

Following her latest release, Ms Maslin said she hoped to continue to raise awareness and expand her STEM incursions and professional development workshops for primary teachers throughout the school year.

To purchase the book or find out more, visit www.kimmaslin.com.