Online Kids: A Young Surfer's Guide to Cyberspace


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 ...

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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.

Describes the sources of information and entertainment available online and how to get to them and lists specific sites according to such categories as computers, sports, games, and even homework.

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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
Stephanie Zvirin
This is not nearly as comprehensive as Shepp's "Kid Net" or Salzman and Pondiscio's "Kids On-Line" (1995). But to its credit, it doesn't sound as though it were partly written for parents, as do the other two books. Gralla's style is casual and upbeat--though his constant use of the word "cool" is irritating--and the book's format speaks right to kids: the type is large, the annotations brief and clear, the layout spacious, and the addresses easily accessible, not buried in running text. Brief, de rigueur information on safety, e-mail, and the major online services, including the new Microsoft Network and the World Wide Web, are here. So are recreational sites for moviegoers, hobbyists, pet lovers, etc. But it will be students who come away best served. Gralla has assembled a good variety of subject-related sites on everything from math and astronomy to reading and computers, with a section on shareware (Gralla writes an online shareware column) that is exceptionally good for the age group. There's also a chapter devoted to helping kids create their own home page. Although not for absolute "newbies," this offers plenty to please kids who have basic online savvy.
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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471333296
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/8/1999
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 7.74 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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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Table of Contents


What is Cyberspace?

What You'll Need to Visit Cyberspace.

Netiquette and Safety Online.

Browsing and Searching the World Wide Web.

Choosing and Using Online Services.

Chat and Internet Newsgroups.

How to Use E-Mail.


Where to Get Homework Help.

Math, Environment, and General Science.


Computers and Software.

Social Studies: History, Cultures and Government.

Writing and Reading.

Geography, Travel, and Weather.


Sports, Crafts, Pets and Hobbies.

Pictures, Sounds and Video Files.

Entertainment: Television, Movies, and Music.

Fun and Games.

Create Your Own Home Page.



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