The Little Possum Who Looked Up

The third book in The Tweeting Galah cybersafety series. This fun and entertaining story will delight young readers while teaching them an important lesson about screen time balance.

Reflection questions at the end of the book, along with free downloadable lesson activities make this an easy-to-use digital citizenship resource that children, teachers and families will love!

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"Suddenly, she looked up"

When Pebbles the Possum looks up from her screen, she sees the moon shining brightly outside her window. She decides to stop looking up faraway places on her tablet, and visit them in real life instead. But to finish her rocket ship and get to the moon, she’ll need some help from her family.

If only they could LOOK UP  from their screens long enough to help her!

“Enough CLICKETY-CLICKS

and  TAPPETY-TAPS”

Managing screen time is an issue many families are facing, from an increasingly young age. 34% of parents with preschool children are concerned about online/internet addiction* while 52% of parents think their kid is spending too much time online**.

There are even concerns about how much time parents are spending online! 52% of parents said they spend too much time on mobile devices and 39% of kids agree***!

The Little Possum Who Looked Up is an entertaining, relatable and age-appropriate approach to educate the whole family about the importance to spending time together without any screens.

I am a huge fan of Kim Maslin’s cyber safety stories! The Little Possum Who Looked Up is another fabulous title to add to my technology themed children’s book list. This story is very relatable for kids and adults alike, as it addresses monitoring screen time and learning to be present by spending quality time with the people you love.

The rhythmic rhyme of the words make this story flow beautifully!

Julie Smith

The Techie Teacher

Meet  the  Creators

Kim Maslin

Kim Maslin is a Digital Technologies educator, and author of The Tweeting Galah cybersafety series.

John Field

John Field is an experienced artist, who has illustrated all three books in The Tweeting Galah cybersafety series.

Frequently  Asked  Questions

What is "The Little Possum Who Looked Up" about?
The Little Possum Who Looked Up is a picture book that tells the story of Pebbles, who needs help from her family in order to finish building a rocket ship so she can fly to the moon. However, when she asks each family member for help she finds they are all too busy on their devices!
What age is the book suitable for?
The Little Possum Who Looked Up was written for children aged 4 – 7. However, as there are no scary, nasty or naughty things included it is a story children (and adults) of all ages can enjoy.
How is this book different to the others in The Tweeting Galah cybersafety series?
The Little Possum Who Looked Up differs from The Tweeting Galah and The Surfing Penguin in that it includes just one story rather than four short stories. Also, this story rhymes! It is also aimed at a younger audience. For this reason, there are no augmented reality components included. Don’t worry though, it still includes all the things you love … the vibrant illustrations, relatable Australian characters and strong cybersafety messages!
Is this book suitable for classroom use?

Yes!! The Little Possum Who Looked Up has been written by an experienced Digital Technologies teacher, who understands the way children use technology and the risks they need to be aware of. It is designed to tie in with Foundation to Year 2 curriculum.

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES Recognise and explore digital systems (hardware and software components) for a purpose (ACTDIK001) 

ENGLISH Language, Literature and Literacy  … too many to list! HISTORY Who the people in their family are, where they were born and raised and how they are related to each other (ACHASSK011) How changing technology affected people’s lives (at home and in the ways they worked, travelled, communicated and played in the past) (ACHASSK046)

GEOGRAPHY The places people live in and belong to, their familiar features and why they are important to people (ACHASSK015)

HEALTH Identify and describe emotional responses people may experience in different situations (ACPPS005) Practise strategies they can use when they feel uncomfortable, unsafe or need help with a task, problem or situation (ACPPS017) Identify actions that promote healthsafety and wellbeing (ACPPS006) Recognise situations and opportunities to promote healthsafety and wellbeing)

SCIENCE Observable changes occur in the sky and landscape (ACSSU019)

Is this only for school use?
Not at all! This is a conventional picture book which can be enjoyed by children at home and at school. It is the type of story which can be enjoyed by the whole family, and would make a fantastic present.
Do you ship worldwide?
Yes!
References

* Office of the eSafety Commissioner, 2018. “Parenting in the digital age” report

** Office of the eSafety Commissioner, 2018. Digital Parenting: managing screen time

*** Common Sense Media, 2019. Screens and Sleep

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