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Fifty per cent of students say surfing Web sites is their favourite online activity.
(Source: Media Awareness Network, Young Canadians In A Wired World, 2001)
The Web has many advantages. It offers:
Unfortunately, there's also:
You can sometimes put yourself at risk on Web sites when you:
Some Quick Facts
Plan your family vacation
You can now plan an entire vacation from your computer chair; research your destination spot, pick your hotel, reserve a campsite and canoe, buy your plane tickets. Offer to plan you family’s next holiday from start to finish!
Enter your Web site in an international awards program
Each year the British organisation Childnet International gives awards to young people who have developed innovative Web sites. See what other kids are doing by visiting their winners section at: http://www.childnetacademy.org/winners/
10 cool ways to attract people to you website. The following link offers creative ideas on how people can increase traffic to their Web site: http://www.simplejoe.com/web-site-traffic-10-cool-ways-to-attract-people-to-your-web.asp
Take a virtual field trip. Visit a far away place, or see the inside of a volcano, or learn more about photography by visiting one of the websites dedicated to virtual field trips. Want to take a specific virtual trip but cannot find it anywhere? How about creating your own.
Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of the Web.
Bookmark sites you like. Over half the students who end up on an adult site by accident get there by misspelling a Web address. When you bookmark your favorite sites, it's easier and faster to get where you want and it lessens your chances of ending up some place you'd rather not be. Don't know where to begin? There lots of portal sites that have been created by teachers and librarians to help you find great Web sites.
Use kid-friendly search tools and proper searching techniques. If you don’t want a lot of trash in your Web searches you can use kid-friendly search engines or activate the filtering option which most popular search tools such as Google now offer. Remember to use a minimum of seven words in your search query; this will help weed out irrelevant results.
Respect Web content. On the Internet, there's little to prevent "lifting" someone else's software, art or written work. But it's important to remember that real-world laws against copyright infringement still apply on the Internet and many schools practice "zero tolerance" when it comes to online cheating. Remember, if you can find something online, your teacher can too. Avoid problems by asking your teacher how to properly document online sources.
Watch your Web site. If you create a personal Web page be careful about the content. Sometimes what you think is funny may cross the line into bad taste - or even break the law.
Take care to protect your personal info on your Web page. Avoid posting your name, photograph, address, phone number and e-mail address (or those of your friends).
And don't forget to respect the copyright of pictures and images on your Web page - be sure to ask permission before you post.
Put out the trash. If you come across inappropriate content, don't panic. Just turn off the monitor and report it to a teacher. If an adult isn't nearby, turn off and then restart the computer.
The Internet, like any medium, offers all sorts of materials for all sorts of people - including "explicit" or "pornographic" Web sites for adults. The problem is that you can occasionally end up on these sites - whether or not you want to. This can be a problem because:
Think about it... What do you think should be done about online porn?
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