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#BookReview: The Teenage Guide to Life Online by Nicola Morgan #MPBooks

The Teenage Guide to Life Online book coverTitle: The Teenage Guide to Life Online

Author: Nicola Morgan

Publisher: Walker Books

Genre: Teen/YA, Non-fiction, Advice/Self-help

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Description: The internet is part of our daily lives – most of us check our phones far more often than we’d care to admit.  We love our little devices…but too much time online can lead to stress, over-sharing, low self-esteem, loss of concentration and may expose us to online abuse.

Award-winning author Nicola Morgan provides a balanced and well-researched look at what happens to us all, young and old, when we spend time on our screens; the wonderful positives and worrying negatives.  This book will empower you to take control of your time online – to keep it from controlling you!

My Review: This book is brilliant and should be read by every teenager and even adults! ‘The Teenage Guide to Life Online’ is a quick read and I did read it all in one day, but it’s filled with lots of important information that everyone going online these days should know. Beginning with an introduction to how the internet started, and how the smartphone revolutionised how connected we are to the online world, the book then covers topics such as what effect being online has on our social lives, how it affects our creativity, mood and even our sleep.

I really like how easy this book is to read and how interesting everything is. Learning a brief history of the internet was interesting as it shows just how much the world has changed in the last few years. Being online so often, especially on a smartphone, just didn’t happen when I was younger (and I’m not old!) but so much has changed and this book has been such an insight into how being online is affecting everyone, even me. With the introduction you get a quick quiz which tests if you are addicted to your smartphone. This was fun (although it did show how I might be a little addicted). It’s the following chapters however which I really found fascinating.

Every chapter in the book discusses what effect being online has on us but it’s done in a way that makes us think about our time online and we’re encouraged to make our own minds up with the information that’s given. There are lots of positives listed on why being online can be good for things like our social life, creativity, etc. Positives like chatting with people we wouldn’t usually be able to in real life or having support from others when we feel down, for example, but along with lots of positives, there are also the negatives. There are often a lot of negatives listed but after them are tips on how we can avoid them. Each chapter also has lots of interesting facts, many from studies by different people or organisations. The information is so easy to understand and unlike lots of other books and texts about these things, it never felt boring or difficult to read. Each chapter reads like a friend telling you about their own experiences and research and it’s this that makes the book so appealing to read, especially for teens.

Along with positives and negatives in each chapter there is a summary and then resources at the end, links to many websites and a few book titles so we can read up on all the fascinating information for ourselves if we want to. Although there are only a few chapters in the book it does cover so many different topics. These include things like fake news, sexting and online privacy. There’s a lot of advice on how to avoid the negatives and lots of encouragement to keep safe and seek out adult help if things are getting difficult or upsetting.

The book is brilliant. It never feels like it’s lecturing to teens, and although it’s aimed at the teen market I think adults would benefit from reading this especially as many of us don’t realise that being online so much these days can have such a negative impact on our mood and especially our sleep! It’s certainly a book I would have read as a teenager, if the internet was as big as it is today, and I’d recommend it to everyone.
-Thanks to Walker Books for a free copy.


Do you feel you feel safe online?  Do you spend too much in your opinion or do you feel in control of your online habits?  What do you think of this book?  Would you read it?  Whatever thoughts you have on this interesting topic, please do share, I’d love to hear from you 🙂

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