Professor Owl’s Book Corner, April 2019 ~ Computer Safety Edition


Welcome to the April 2019 Issue of  Professor Owl’s Book Corner Newsletter where in addition to supporting those with special needs and learning challenges, we are also committed to being more focused on YA/New Adult reading and literacy.  We will be featuring tips from a certified literacy tutor to help make your reading experience the best it can be.

We will also be encouraging young writers and artists with tips, writing exercises and will still be updating our Community News Boards with the latest news from Variety Village and The March of Dimes.

Now the March break has now come and gone. Professor Owl’s Book Corner hopes you enjoy this month’s computer safety edition! Please feel free to give us your feedback on our new issue, also send us any ideas you may have to help Professor Owl’s Book Corner be all that it can be.  We look forward to hearing from you and to bring you a new, more interesting newsletter.

Online Safety for Tween, Teens and Young Adults.

1. Keep Your Online Identity Secret

• Don’t share or tell anyone your real name, address or neighborhood you live in.

Here are the general rules:

• Do not give out any information that a predator could possibly use to find you.

1. Even “simple clues” like the name of the school you attend or the name of your sports team is enough for a predator to figure out your identity

2. Your Username and Password Belong to You … Only You

• Do not give or share your username or password with anyone. It is that simple.

• If someone gets hold of them and tries to pull a joke on you by putting something online under your name. It can cause many serious problems that can get you into trouble with your parents, school or even the police. Keep both your username and password “Private.”

3. The Internet has a Great Memory ~ Keep Its Memory of You Clean.

• Since the internet is so huge that does not mean that any embarrassing or rude pictures, nasty comments, or illegal activities will just disappear.

• Be careful what you post about yourself or others. Do not allow your friends to post about you. If not you may have to live with it for a long, long time.

Looking for an interesting book about internet safety check out Belinda’s review:

The All Seeing Digital Eyes

All Seeing Digital Eyes Cover

Release date: September 20th, 2018


I received a complimentary copy of  The All Seeing Digital Eyes
by Neville J Kattakayam from the author and AshNel Inc in order to read and give an honest review.

… the author had done an incredible job showing us what is happening to our information and what we can do to prevent our privacy from being compromised…

Whether you are an internet veteran from the days of bulletin boards and WebCrawler (I know dating myself) to a novice just dipping their toes into the cyber water this book is for you. Neville J. Kattkayam’s initial inspiration was to write a book to help his 13-year-old daughter navigate the information age when everyone is utilizing smartphones, smart televisions, tablets and even appliances.  With the advance of technology when most of our lives are controlled by the transmission of electronic information so is our personal information.  The author has done an incredible job showing us what is happening to our information and what we can do to prevent our privacy from being compromised.  If you have already experienced problems it’s not too late, Mr Kattkayam also includes a section to get your information secured and tips on how to proceed moving forward.

Even though this book is inspired by a 13-year old I feel this is a great guide for everyone who is on the grid, definitely a five-star in my opinion.




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Anything Is Possible When You’re Unstoppable #WATWB

The #WATWB was created as a mission to negate the overwhelming negativity that has been present in our social media streams. For every negative news story in the world, there are plenty of positive, uplifting stories that show hope, compassion and the resiliency of everyday people who face insurmountable challenges. Our hope is to share heartwarming stories that lift the human spirit. 

The last Friday of every month bloggers will share their stories led by six co-hosts, this month’s co-hosts are:
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Sylvia McGrath,
Peter Nena,
Shilpa Garg,
Inderpreet Uppal,
and Belinda Witzenhausen.


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When “My Get-Up-and-Go” is just not there or I have a few aches and pains, just reading inspirational articles like the one below inspires me to get moving again.

Anything Is Possible When You’re Unstoppable

Tracy Schmitt.-

Put Tracy Schmitt in front of an audience and watch her go. She has a million tales to tell—there’s her stint as captain of a 100-foot tall ship in the Eastern Atlantic, the day she won the Rick Hansen Award for her work as an inclusive teacher in Africa, Jamaica, and Mexico, her cameo in Robocop. And that’s just for starters—Tracy has a dozen more stories, each one demonstrating her resilience and hardheaded determination, each one more amazing than the last. If she’s not off on an adventure, she’s working as an advocate and consultant for people living with disabilities. It’s easy to forget that she’s four-way amputee. Tracy may have been born without lower limbs, but she’s always been Unstoppable. On her first day of school, Tracy missed recess because she was helping her new friends put on their shoes. When she was 19, she helped March of Dimes plan a trip, for four people with physical disabilities to Nepal and went along to climb mountains in the Himalayas without her prosthetic legs. Tracy has even won a bronze medal in downhill skiing! Tracy strongly believes that activities organized by March of Dimes are a key part of her success. “Everybody needs to take risks to grow,” Tracy told us in June. “Recreation is that place where you figure it out so you can move your life forward, where you can get out, get your strength up, get social circles started, so you can be independent in daily living.”
And Unstoppable Tracy is always ready to move forward. Though she learned to drive at 16, like most Canadians, she couldn’t afford the $60,000 that she was told it would cost to modify a vehicle for her unique needs. But when she was old enough, March of Dimes Canada helped her through its Home and vehicle Modification Program. “When other people say no, March of Dimes has always had a creative solution.” At March of Dimes Canada, Tracy is one of our own because Tracy not only benefited from some of our programs, she also worked with us. As an employee, Tracy was Director of the Summer Holiday Program, supervising 65 staff members. She was also staff in our Recreation Department, helping to plan accessible excursions and vacations.
Clearly, Tracy has experienced the impact of MODC from both sides, and she’s made an impact of her own in the process. Very few people have such a personal understanding of how donated funds change lives every day. Thanks to your generosity, our programs helped Tracy build a foundation for her inspiring work. And Tracy is truly an inspiration. “Doing these activities with March of Dimes gave me skills and confidence to go on into the employment world and be a valuable contributor to society. And now I’m giving back by working with people with disabilities. Because MODC had my back, now I’ve gone on to have everyone else’s back.” Congratulations, Tracy—we can’t wait to see what’s next for you!
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#Weekly Book review via NetGalley ~The Cold Is In Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale.

The Cold Is In Her Bones

By  Peternelle van Arsdale.

the cold in her bones

Milla’s whole world is her family’s farm. She is never allowed to travel to the village and her only friend is her beloved older brother, Niklas. When a bright-eyed girl named Iris comes to stay, Milla hopes her loneliness might finally be coming to an end. But Iris has a secret she’s forbidden to share: The village is cursed by a demon who possesses girls at random, and the townspeople live in terror of who it will come for next.

Now, it seems, the demon has come for Iris. When Iris is captured and imprisoned with other possessed girls, Milla leaves home to rescue her and break the curse forever. Her only company on the journey is a terrible new secret of her own: Milla is changing, too, and may soon be a demon herself.

Suspenseful and vividly imagined, The Cold Is in Her Bones is a novel about the dark, reverberating power of pain, the yearning to be seen and understood, and the fragile optimism of love.

The characters in this book were very interesting the villains very complicated, and a plot pulled from a dark fairy-tale.  This was a very suspenseful and quick read, one that held my interest from cover to cover with a very satisfying ending.

Thanks again to NetGalley for the opportunity to review this book.

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