How Can You Find Good Places to Go and Things
to Do Online?
Wonderful adventures are waiting in cyberspace.
In fact, more than 1.5 million sites exist on the World Wide
Web, with thousands more being added each day.7
Good Places to Go and Things to Do Online
There are several ways to get started finding
good places to go and things to do online. A number of magazines,
newspapers, and organizations publish their "best picks for
kids" of Internet sites.8 These can be useful resources,
but keep in mind that sites frequently change their content
and location, so review recommendations with care.
Also, remember that these publications
usually don't distinguish between sites that are commercial
and those that are not - an important distinction since the
commercial ones contain advertising and marketing devices,
some of which might be inappropriate for or exploitative of
children. We suggest beginning with sites that are well-known,
noncommercial, and educational.
Since experimenting for yourself is the
best way to get started online, we have picked a few activities
and sites that are fun, educational, and safe. Once you have
experimented with these, you can move on to explore the wider
range of options available online.
- Visit the American Library Association’s
Great Sites at http://www.ala.org/parentspage/greatsites/amazing.html.
- Visit the Library of Congress
- See what the space agency, NASA,
has put online at http://www.spacelink.nasa.gov/index.html.
- Visit exhibits from the San
Francisco interactive science museum, the Exploratorium,
- Visit the National Weather Service’s
Interactive Weather Information Network at http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/.
- The National Parent Information Network
(NPIN), at http://www.npin.org.
- The National PTA Web site, Children
First, at http://www.pta.org.
- The National Urban League, at
- The Children’s Partnership,
- The Benton Foundation’s KidsCampaigns,
- Children Now, at http://www.childrennow.org.