Books

Book Haul: Hacking, Child Protection and Multilingual Families

I only read three books last week, because I was busy. And yes, when I say “busy” I mean “watching Buffy”. How had I never seen Buffy before?! I’m now nearly at the end of season three. No spoilers please!

#Pineapple club: Hackers Hunting Paedophiles by John Stanley

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Working as I do in child protection online, I’m always interested in reading about others who have done similar jobs. This is a book with a difference, in that it’s about vigilantes, but not the annoying ones who end up hindering police investigations. These ones ended up being hired – and then screwed over – by the police, and the book is an interesting look into the lives of two hackers who wanted to do all they could to help children. And have some hacking fun along the way, naturally.

It could use a good proofreader / editor, but the story is gripping and the book will be of interest to anyone who’s into hacking, or wants to get into online child protection.

Bringing Up A Bilingual Child by Rita Rosenback

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I met Rita at the Expat Show in London a while back, and she gave me a copy of her book to read. It’s really good and I’d definitely recommend it – and she doesn’t just talk about bilingual families either; there’s stuff in there for people who bring their kids up to speak more than two languages, too.

I liked that she’s done it herself, so she understands both the opportunities and the challenges of being a multilingual family. She gives solid, well-rounded advice that will be of use to anyone who’s thinking of bringing up their children to speak more than one language – especially if you need an extra confidence boost to get you started.

One Child At A Time by Julian Sher

Another one that looks at examples of rescuing children from online paedophile rings, but this time from the law enforcement perspective, One Child At A Time is a great resource for anyone who wants an overview of the history of some of the various larger international operations that have taken place in this field.

Tracking way back to the days when we had to investigate people on Usenet, the book includes anecdotes, examples and the testimony of police officers and victims alike to demonstrate the importance of this work and to help the reader to understand what can be done to fight against online child sex crimes.

What are you reading?

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