The Surfing Penguin

The Surfing Penguin is a modern collection of short stories for young readers with important morals about growing up in the digital age.  This book was written by Kim Maslin.  Kim is a passionate educator and author currently living in Esperance, Western Australia.  Her background is in ICT, and has taught learners aged 5 to 85-year-olds how to use digital technologies.

Made up of four short stories about growing up in the digital age:

  • The Scary Plight of the Surfing Penguin
    When Pablo the Penguin’s big brother finds a movie online for them to watch, it’s a little scarier than Pablo was prepared for …!
  • The Courageous Quest of the Smiling Quokka
    Quinn the Quokka is devastated when she sees nasty comments posted on her photo. Luckily, her friend knows just what to do!
  • The Troublesome Episode of the Trolling Echidna
    Edgar the Echidna thinks mucking around and destroying things in his online game is hilarious … but not everyone agrees!
  • The Galahs’ Close Encounter with the Creeping Kestrel
    Gabrielle the Galah learns the hard way that there are dangers to posting your location online… But her big brother, Gabbo, is there to save the day!

“The Surfing Penguin” is the perfect classroom resource for teaching primary school students about cyber safety and digital citizenship. Reflection questions and interactive learning activities in the book mean it is literally a “grab-n-go” set of lessons for you and your class to enjoy, which extend to the lessons covered in “The Tweeting Galah“.

Online/digital safety is a major concern in this day and age.  This book and others in the series are a great way to introduce students to these concepts.  See what others are saying about this book.

Editorial Reviews

“Pumped to have received these brilliant eSafety-themed story books from Kim Maslin. Already had a play with the AR cards and can’t wait to share them with my students” – Primary Teacher & Instructional Leader, Victoria

Other Books from this Author:

The Tweeting Galah

The Little Possum Who Looked Up


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The Surfing Penguin

The Surfing Penguin is a book written by Kim Maslin as part of a cyber safety book series, titled The Tweeting Galah. This collection of short stories are designed to educate children on how to be safe and happy online, with the use of augmented reality technology accompanying the vivid illustrations.  This is the second book in The Tweeting Galah cyber safety children’s book series.

Kim’s ongoing vision is to spark a love and understanding of technologies in those she teaches, particularly to help drive more girls into STEM-related careers. She hopes to play a significant role in helping people of all ages use technology in a safe way.

This book is made up of four short stories about growing up in the digital age.

Augmented Reality Experiences Included:

The animals’ stories and lessons are brought to life using innovative Zappar augmented reality technology, adding a unique dimension to this reading experience.

This is a great addition to computer and technology education classes worldwide.

“The Surfing Penguin” offers a unique approach to cyber safety education for children, parents, and teachers alike! Using Zappar augmented reality technology, children are able to further engage with the story using a smart device. Engaging learning activities allow children to develop a deeper understanding of cyber safety issues. Download free lesson plans and resources via “The Tweeting Galah” lesson library.

“The Surfing Penguin” covers the following cyber safety issues:

  • Viewing inappropriate content
  • Cyberbullying
  • Trolling (Online Gaming)
  • Location services

This book has some correlated activities with ozobot.  You can find the links to these free activities on our Ozobot Playbook.

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