Kids and Internet Danger- Here's a Hero At Last!

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The first adventure myth set in the Internet, E-WALLY AND THE QUEST, introduces children ages 8-12 to safe Internet fun and responsible habits. The book and its ad-free website engage kids through a powerful cyber hero, E-Wally!

The potential of the Internet for our kids is a world of adventure and open-ended learning. Parents and teachers are often frustrated to discover that chat rooms, online games of questionable quality and worrisome websites capture too much of our children's attention. The best way to keep a child safe is to arm him or her with information.

Kids listen to rules with a deaf ear. Not so when they hear powerful information from a well-loved hero wrapped in an adventure myth. Enter the first hero born of the Internet, E-Wally. This young e-mail delivery boy battles villains and danger in his Quest to save his people.

Woven in the tale are models of safe and responsible Internet habits that make sense to children. An advertising free, no cost website at http://www.e-wally.org expands the literary themes through dozens of games and activities.

Created by author-teacher Judy Shasek, this book has captured the hearts of readers ages 8-80. Reviews from teachers, parents and kids can be found at http://www.e-wally.org/shasekstory.htm. The second book in the series, E-WALLY AND THE RENEGADES will be released during Summer 2003. IN an age when the parents are less savvy about the cyber frontier that children have adopted as their adventure playground we need a powerful myth to make sense of things.

Communication across generations is a natural result of families reading E-WALLY AND THE QUEST. Good information, open communication - key ingredients for helping our kids explore the Internet safely while having a barrel of reading fun!

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