Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens are Really Doing Online, by Anastasia Goodstein


Totally Wired is required reading for Library Science 264. I have my own 14 year old son and a daughter who will be 10 soon and just got her first cell phone. I was interested to read what Goodstein had compiled from a number of academic sources as well as sources like an editor from Seventeen magazine and comments by teenagers. Considering the book was published in 2007, it already feels somewhat outdated. For example, there is no section on Twitter. I liked her premise that under everything teens and tweens are still the same, still pressing their parents’ buttons, pushing limits, and wanting to be independent while spending lots of time with their friends. They now have more technology to do these things with and we older folks may find it a little difficult to keep up. It was an interesting read, but as a middle and high school teacher for over a decade, not too much information that I found overly earthshaking. It is readable and fairly interesting.

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About KLevenson

I am Teacher Librarian at Piedmont High School in the San Francisco East Bay. I am a part time reference Librarian I for the San Francisco Public Library. I have a Masters in Library and Information Sciences from San Jose State and a Teacher Librarian credential in addition to my teaching credential in Science. My first MA was from Harvard in Archaeology. My students teach me something new every time I am with them!
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