By Karen Huddas
Miller Elementary School
What Is the Internet?
• The internet is simply thousands of
computers all connected together in one big,
world-wide network. Our computers at home
are linked to this network by an internet
service provider – a company that allows us
to dial into its own computers, usually via our
• Like the library, the internet contains
information on almost any topic you can
imagine in many formats, including
books, articles, videos, and music
• Like the newspaper, the internet can give
you new information every day, including
world news, business, sports, travel,
entertainment, and ads.
• Email is sent from computer to
computer over the internet
• Like the U.S. Postal service, the internet
allows anyone who knows your internet
address to send you a letter. (It's called
electronic mail, or e-mail for short)
• Newsgroups are online discussion
groups where messages relating to
specific subjects can be posted. People
who sign up to the newsgroup can read
the messages and post a response.
• Like the telephone, the internet allows you to
"chat" with other people by participating in
online discussion groups.
• Real time chat is very popular with kids, and
some web sites feature chat rooms, which are
areas users can enter using a nickname and
have live text conversations with each other.
Keep an eye on the kind of material your
children are looking at, and make use of
the tools that are available to help you
choose what you do and don't want them
Keeping In Touch
• Get to know who your children are meeting
online and make sure they don't give out any
personal information about themselves
without your knowledge and consent. Never
let them arrange to meet someone they have
met on in an offline environment without you
• Limit the amount of time your children
spend online, and encourage them to
keep up their other activities and
• Know what your children are doing!
• Learn as much as you can about the internet
yourself. Surfing should be a family activity,
so that you can find your way around together
and discuss any problems you encounter.
• Safety tips -
• Think positive – take the time to find the best
and most useful sites for you and your
• Pre-screened websites
– Internet scavenger hunts (listing websites)
• Parents guide to the internet
Child Safe Search Engines
• Search engines are programs that you
can select from your web browser to
enable you to search the internet by
keywords or topics.
• Popular search engines
• Commercial internet filtering software
• Child safe internet provider ex. AOL
Have Fun on the Internet
• Be safe!