This series is meant to question the role social media plays in the lives of youth today. The goal of these books is to simplify complex subjects in order to initiate important discussions between children and parents about morals, identity and self worth. They are not to promote an absence of technology but for youth to proceed with the proper guidance.
I began by interviewing children from ages 5 to 15 years old and asked them questions about their online presence. What was their favourite social media platform? How long did they spend on it a day? How important were likes, shares and followers to them? The answers to these questions made me realize there was a disconnection between true self worth, morals and identity versus the praise that they received online.
Since youth have access to social media at a very young age, I wanted them to have proper guidance when navigating social platforms. An app seemed like an obvious choice at first but this solution would only be adding to the current disconnect. A book series is more recognizable, friendly and light, so that learning navigation tools doesn't seem to a child like being told what to do.
This series is based off of the classic "Dick and Jane" books of the early 50's but features new age technology and satirical commentary on youth in the 21st century. They seem like average books at first but at second glance parents and children can laugh at the ridiculousness and seriousness of social media usage.