“Do List” for Kids on the Internet

DO:

1. DO use the Internet to help with schoolwork. The Internet is a source of great volumes of information. It’s like having the world’s largest library at your fingertips! Some good sites to check out:

A. B.J. Pinchbeck: Homework Helper Page.

B. To e-mail questions to experts, click on NJNIE Project: Ask An Expert Page.

C. PITSCO: Ask An Expert.

2. DO use the Internet to “visit” museums in far away places. Some examples are:

A. The Louvre, Paris, France.

B. The Exploratorium, San Francisco, California.

C. The Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC..

3. DO use the Internet to meet children in other countries or to keep in touch with pen pals who live far away in this country or other countries.

Some on-line services host chat rooms especially for children, and monitor them periodically for safety. You can safely establish an international mail pen pal through an existing program sponsored by your school, and then expand your pen pal communications to the Internet if your pen pal has access to Internet e-mail at his or her school or a nearby university.

4. DO be careful about talking to “strangers” on a computer network. Who are these people anyway? Some people say and do things which are NOT NICE.

5. DO use the Internet to learn more about universities and colleges that you may be interested in attending. Almost all colleges post some information on the Internet. Many colleges let you take a “virtual tour” of the campus, or submit applications for admission or financial aid applications on line. To find a college web site click on the Alphabetical Listing of College and University Home Pages. Morterboard (graduation cap)

6. DO respect the privacy of other users on the Internet, just as you expect your privacy to be respected. How would you feel if someone read your private e-mail or your grades?

7. DO be careful when you “download” (copy) programs from the Internet. Use a virus scan program before loading it on your computer. Some programs on the Internet contain viruses that can harm your computer.

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