The Little Possum who Looked UpDigital Citizenship Education Made Easy
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!
eBooks versions now available
eBook versions of The Tweeting Galah cyber safety series are now available via Amazon.
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!
Written by an experienced teacher, the book includes reflections to help facilitate discussion about the important issue of family screen time.
The Little Possum who Looked Up can be used to address key parts of the primary school curriculum:
- Digital Technologies
- ICT Capability
The Lesson Library is regularly updated with free accompanying resources.
Find out more in the FAQs.
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.
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“Another fabulous title to add to my technology-themed book list”
“We are living in a technological world that allows us to connect, learn and be entertained in unprecedented ways. In this beautiful children’s book, Pebbles the Possum gently reminds us that our use of technology needs to be balanced and not displace face-to-face connection, communication, relationships and experiences. The Little Possum Who Looked Up provides us all with an opportunity to reflect on our use of technology and the wonderful experiences we can share together online and offline.”
Kayelene Kerr – Cyber Safety and Digital Wellness Specialist, WA Child Safety Services
“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
Proudly West Australian
The Tweeting Galah series is written by Esperance-based author, Kim Maslin and illustrated by Perth-based artist, John Field.
It is proudly created and printed in Western Australia.
Please get in touch with Kim if you’d like to discuss media, education or collaboration opportunities.
If you would like to contact John Field regarding illustrations for your own project, you can contact him via email.
The Little Possum who Looked Up
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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.
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 health, safety and wellbeing (ACPPS006) Recognise situations and opportunities to promote health, safety and wellbeing)
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.
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