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Becky's pick of interesting web sites
Listed below are some web sites that may be of interest to you and your family.
www.computerlearning.org - International nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to improving the quality of education and preparation of youth. Great source of introductory materials for parents.
www.abelltolls.com - A site that compares long-distance telephone plans.
www.stamps.com - Download free software and open a print account to print out postage on your envelopes instead of going to the post office and waiting in long lines.
Websites for finding out-of-print books:
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Please feel free to call us regarding your computer equipment and the Y2K. We have already begun working with customers to make sure their computers are Year 2000 compliant.
Children's Rules for On-Line Safety
With the school season around the corner, we decided to reprint some safety internet guidelines for children. Keep in mind there are a number of software programs to help parents guide a child's use of the web: SurfWatch Software (800-458-6600), Cyber Patrol (800-489-2001), Net Nanny (800-340-7177), Cybersitter (805-892-2557).
The best advice of course is for parents to sit with their child at the computer and explore what the Web offers in its vast goodies and how a child is using it. Showing your child the many fun and educational sites can dissuade the temptation to go down the dark streets of the Web. Safety rule suggestions:
1. I will not give out personal information such as my address, telephone number, parents' work address, or the name and location of my school without my parents' permission.
2. I will tell my parents right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.
3. I will never agree to get together with someone I "meet" on-line without first checking with my parents. If my parents agree to the meeting, I will be sure that it is in a public place and bring my mother or father along.
4. I will never send a person my picture or anything else without first checking with my parents.
5. I will not respond to any messages that are mean or in any way make me feel uncomfortable. It is not my fault if I get a message like that. If I do I will tell my parents right away so that they can contact the on-line service.
6. I will talk with my parents to that we can set up rules for going on-line, the length of time I can be on-line and the appropriate areas for me to visit. I will not access other areas or break these rules without their permission.
Tips written by Larry Magid