In the Piano and Laylee Learning Adventure series, Piano and Laylee are puppies of different breeds growing up with technology as part of the fabric of their lives. They lead, for the most part, balanced lives of outdoor play, school work, online research and online entertainment. Laylee is a Bichon Frise pup that was adopted by a Maltese couple and Piano is a Dachshund pup born to a Dachshund couple. In the pictures of Laylee and her parents, she looks strikingly similar even though she is a different breed of dog. She is fun-loving, spirited and adventurous where her parents are mild mannered, affectionate, and fearless. Laylee’s free spirited ways blend nicely with her best friend Piano’s steadfast and trustworthy hunter disposition. She rarely talks about adoption because it was just a different way of her parents and she becoming a family.
The four basic rules of Online Safety are repeated throughout the second half of the book. The repetition is used to reinforce to children that a stranger online is just like a stranger on the street, at the market, or at the mall. The goal is for the children to assimilate the idea in their mind and for the safety rule to become a guiding principle in their online activities.
Big Idea for the Child to Think About:
What warning signals can I use to identify a potential dangerous situation on the Internet and what can I do to protect myself?
Ask the children what do we do at the playground, at the mall, or at the grocery store? (answers will probably be play, shop, look at toys, help their parents)
Ask the children what do we do online? (answers will probably be play, shop, download music, look up information)
Guide the children into connecting how going online is no different than going outside to play or to the mall to shop – they both are public places.