Healthy Habits & Using Phones and Tech as a Force for Good with author Jessica Speer

Thursday, October 5, 2023
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

*Please note, this event will take place at the Longmont Public Library. The Wandering Jellyfish Bookshop will provide copies of The Phone Book for purchase at the event. Can't attend the event? Click here to order your copy of The Phone Book online!

Tech is amazing! You have the whole world in your hand—power to be used as a force for good or, um, not so good. In this interaction presentation, Author Jessica Speer will share techy tidbits, stories, healthy screen habits and ways to stay safe online. Tap into your superpowers to use tech as a force for good. (for kids, teens and adults)

So . . . you got a phone! You can text your friends, play games, and take cool pictures! You have the whole world in your pocket—power to be used as a force for good or, um, not so good.

Fraught with cyberbullying, disinformation, fake stuff, tech addiction, and so much more, the digital world can be downright sad, awkward, and nasty. But have no fear, kids—The Phone Book is here! Packed with research-based explanations, techy tidbits, and real stories from hundreds of teens and preteens, this phone book (the fun kind) will be your guide on the path of light, teaching you healthy phone habits and ways to stay safe online. And while you’re on your journey, super illustrations, activities, and secret codes will reveal the power of your phone and the superpowers you have to wield it. Go forth, be informed, and slay the dark side of technology!

Jessica Speer is the author of books for kids and teens, including The Phone Book - Stay Safe, Be Smart, and Make the World Better with the Powerful Device in Your Hand. She is also the author of the award-winning book, BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? A Girls Guide to Happy Friendships and Middle School - Safety Goggles Advised, both of which grew out of her work with kids. Blending social science, stories, and fun activities, her writing unpacks tricky stuff that surfaces during childhood and adolescence. She has a Master's Degree in Social Sciences and a knack for writing about complex topics in ways that connect with kids.