Better Connected

  • Illustrated By: Vivian Rosas
  • Pages:112
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Series: Orca Think
  • Themes:internet, activism, feminism, girls and women, texting
  • Available:05/17/2022
  • Lexile:940L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:Z+
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The online world has real dangers, but girls around the world are using social media to create positive change and practice good digital citizenship.

You've probably seen media stories about the ways girls interact online, with headlines like "Depression in Girls Linked to Higher Use of Social Media," or "Half of Girls Are Bullied on Social Media." Better Connected focuses on the less-recognized and positive aspects of the online experiences of girls. From environmental activism to gun control, immigration policy to education access, girls are leading the way. They're showing up, teaming up and speaking up. With profiles of real changemakers and practical tools for getting started, Better Connected is an inspiring look at the amazing things girls can accomplish online.

“Will provide [readers] with inspiration and resources...Adult readers, both teacher and parents, who are sometimes dismissive of, or dismayed by, the amount of time their students or children are spending on social media, can learn about the positive aspects of those online experiences. Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“Both a history of social media and a guide to using it in a positive way…The usefulness of the information, and the breadth of support it offers for additional purposes, more than justifies its place on library shelves. Recommended”
– School Library Connection
“The Kyi's have found ways to bring girls' voices and actions to the forefront as change-makers...Perfect for those who are exploring social media for the first time...Illustrations and layout designs from queer-Mestizx/Latinx artist Vivian Rosas bring the content to life.”
– Canadian Children's Book News
“A fresh take on empowering young girls in our a new rapidly advancing technological age. Pushing the boundaries, the young girls in the book inspire the old generation and the new.”
– The Source
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection   | 2022  |  Commended
Red Cedar Book Award   | 2024  |  Nominated
Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC) Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction   | 2023  |  Nominated