Online Kids: A Young Surfer's Guide to Cyberspace

Online Kids: A Young Surfer's Guide to Cyberspace

by Preston Gralla, John Wiley & Sonst
     
 

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"Online Kids is a terrific resource."—Los Angeles Times

Surf's up in cyberspace! So grab your (key)board and catch the computer wave with this user-friendly, jam-packed guide and activity book. This totally updated edition of Online Kids will get you wired with complete information on the coolest sites online. Where else can you go to find the latest stats for

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"Online Kids is a terrific resource."—Los Angeles Times

Surf's up in cyberspace! So grab your (key)board and catch the computer wave with this user-friendly, jam-packed guide and activity book. This totally updated edition of Online Kids will get you wired with complete information on the coolest sites online. Where else can you go to find the latest stats for all your favorite ballplayers, e-mail the president, travel to ancient civilizations, or get help with your science homework from a real scientist? From the NASA Shuttle Web to Walt Disney World, from the World Wide Web of Sports to the National Geographic Society, Online Kids tells you where it is and how to get there. It even ranks each site on a special Coolness Index!

You'll find step-by-step instructions for great online activities:

  • Make a fun-filled science museum at home
  • Create an up-to-date space shuttle mission log
  • Put together a personalized birthday photo collage
  • Design your own Web page
  • And much, much more . . .

Online Kids is also packed with expert advice on choosing the right online service, navigating the World Wide Web, sending e-mail, and keeping safe online.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cheryl Peterson
This is subtitled A Young Surfer's Guide to Cyberspace and is packed with expert advice on navigating the World Wide Web. The reader will find science homework help from a real scientist, the latest stats on favorite ballplayers, ways to e-mail the president, access to comprehensive encyclopedias, and much more. Step-by-step instructions are included for online activities such as designing your own Web page, creating an up-to-date space shuttle, and putting together a birthday photo collage. This book is an invaluable resource for all ages. Updated from the original 1996 publication.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Preston Gralla takes kids from Internet basics (how long it takes to download files, chat rooms, and even e-mail smileys ) to site specifics (information on homework, movies, or starting your own web page). Site listings are described and given a Coolness and Usefulness Index number. Also included are activities like taking a virtual tour of Washington D.C.
Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
There is one thing misleading about this wonderful book's title: it's not just for young surfers; cyberspace surfers of all ages will find this guide very handy. Recently new to the Internet myself, I found this book extremely useful and easy to read. It describes the basics about dealing with cyberspace and it lists the best educational and entertainment sites.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8An upbeat, well-organized, approachable introduction to the Internet that compares favorably with the excellent Internet for Kids (SYBEX, 1995). Online Kids has the sort of easy-going, simple approach needed to demystify the online world. There is a chapter on where to find chat for kids, how to use smileys, and what kid-oriented newsgroups are out there. Every site is rated for "Usefulness" and "Coolness" on a scale of 1-10. There is also information on whether each resource is on an online service or the Internet, "How to Get There" (addresses), and a brief description of the resource. In the final chapter, Gralla addresses readers' desire to make their own home pages on the Web, explaining how to get started. A smattering of photographs of chat rooms, home pages, etc. illustrate the text. The glossary is generally easy to understand, though some definitions may be over the heads of the intended audience. A welcome addition to the growing ranks of Internet titles for youth that scores high points both for usefulness and coolness.Jennifer Fleming, Boston Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Online guides for children are proliferating, but Gralla's, subtitled "A Young Surfer's Guide to Cyberspace," may be the best so far—a compendium of basic information on the major online services, the World Wide Web, chat, newsgroups, and e-mail, along with extensive listings of high-quality sites with descriptions, rated according to usefulness and coolness, and organized by topic. This is a straightforward treatment (despite an overuse of the words cool and neat), in which the author eschews any extended surfing metaphors and too-cute cartoon characters in favor of treating kids intelligently. Although the rating system is of limited use, Gralla's descriptions of the sites are informative and helpfully critical. He has located many truly great sites, including quite a few not covered in other books. A must-have for classroom and family use.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471253129
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/08/1999
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
7.48(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

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Meet the Author

PRESTON GRALLA (Cambridge, Massachusetts) is a journalist, author, and experienced online surfer who has written for USA Today, FamilyPC, the Los Angeles Times, and many other newspapers and magazines. He is also the author of Online Family (Wiley) and an executive editor at ZDNet.

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