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Children's Nonfiction Internet

Better Connected

How Girls Are Using Social Media for Good

by (author) Tanya Lloyd Kyi & Julia Kyi

illustrated by Vivian Rosas

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
May 2022
Internet, Media Studies, Girls & Women, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
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    Publish Date
    May 2022
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    May 2022
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
  • Reading age: 9 to 12


The online world has real dangers, but girls around the world are using social media to create positive change and practice good digital citizenship.

You've probably seen media stories about the ways girls interact online, with headlines like "Depression in Girls Linked to Higher Use of Social Media," or "Half of Girls Are Bullied on Social Media." Better Connected focuses on the less-recognized and positive aspects of the online experiences of girls. From environmental activism to gun control, immigration policy to education access, girls are leading the way. They're showing up, teaming up and speaking up. With profiles of real changemakers and practical tools for getting started, Better Connected is an inspiring look at the amazing things girls can accomplish online.

About the authors

Tanya Lloyd Kyi
grew up in Creston, B.C. She began her writing career as a high school poet, producing pages and pages of work that her mother loved and her best friend religiously archived (possibly for a future blackmailing scheme). The original edition of Canadian Girls Who Rocked the World was Tanya's first book for young readers. She has since published nine other titles, including Canadian Boys Who Rocked The World, which was short-listed for the Silver Birch Award by the Ontario Library Association. Tanya now lives in Vancouver, B.C.

Tanya Lloyd Kyi's profile page

Julia Kyi is a student and youth activist. Julia is an avid user of Instagram and a believer in the power of social media to make positive change. She is a co-founder of The Daily Feminist, an organization that offers resources and workshops for feminist education. She’s planning to complete a social justice degree before applying to law school. Julia lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Julia Kyi's profile page

Vivian Rosas is a Toronto based queer Mestizx/Latinx multidisciplinary artist who seeks to explore themes of feminism, empowerment and diversity within her work. Her goal is to create imagery that expresses a sense of inclusiveness for underrepresented communities. Her practices include illustration, murals and dance.


Vivian Rosas' profile page

Editorial Reviews

“Both a history of social media and a guide to using it in a positive way…The usefulness of the information, and the breadth of support it offers for additional purposes, more than justifies its place on library shelves. Recommended”

School Library Connection

“Will provide [readers] with inspiration and resources...Adult readers, both teacher and parents, who are sometimes dismissive of, or dismayed by, the amount of time their students or children are spending on social media, can learn about the positive aspects of those online experiences. Recommended.”

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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