Safe With Scruff and McGruff
Take a bite out of crime by joining McGruff, a dog who loves kids as much as he respects law and order. Sniff out www.mcgruff.org and hang with the crime-fighting canine to learn how to be safe and healthy. The site has some fun activities, including the ABC Maze and the Color Me Scruff coloring book. Or help out McGruff's nephew Scruff as he tries to find his way home without running into danger. You'll also find several Scruff and McGruff comic book stories. If you want to talk to McGruff some more, then send him your thoughts using a way-cool letter writing machine. There's also smart info about cyber-safety, back-to-school safety and dealing with schoolyard bullies. At McGruff.org, safety always comes first. So be careful out there.

The Magical Merry-Go-Round If there's one ride you can't miss at your local fair, it has to be the merry-go-round. Ride in circles at Carousel, your carousel information center at www.carousel.org. The Carousel Art Gallery has everything from prancing goats to a fairy tale lion. You'll also find amazing photos of carousels from the early 20th century. You can see the Eden Palais Salon Carousel in Europe--an entertainment palace that includes live performers and music. If you still want to learn more, follow the Carousel Network link, where you'll find calendars, auctions, event info and current news. Ride the circuit today! (This site is no longer available.)

Be A Techno Girl
Maybe you've played around on a computer or surfed the net a little, or maybe the whole dot-com thing is not in your vocab. Either way, Girlstart is a sparkly cool site to get you more techno wise. Dot-com this! Girlstart at www.girlstart.org opens the fun and the smarts. You'll probably want to play around with the fun stuff first, right? Learn how to send electronic greetings to your pals and be an interactive game girl. And be sure to join the birthday club. Also, check out Smartstuff because there you will find everything you need to help you with your homework, such as on-line dictionaries, general interest sites for kids and some serious science NASA-style. Whether you want to ask Dr. Math for help or learn more about women's history, there's something cool to find at each click. You can also make Girlstart your home page, so every time you log on, you'll be linked up with all the other smart young females getting into technology. You go, girl!

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Dear Amy: What's the tallest roller coaster? --Patti, Charlottesville, Va.
Dear Patti: The great thing about the Internet is that so much information is available and easy to find with a few simple clicks. I found a way-cool roller coaster database at www.rcdb.com that gives facts and figures about most every roller coaster. To answer your question, Superman The Escape (415 feet tall) at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Calif., is 105 feet taller than any other roller coaster. If you get a chance to ride it, keep your seatbelt on and e-mail me about your ride. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

Dear Amy: Do you know where I can find maps of old-time China for a history report? --Bill, Oxford, Miss.
Dear Bill: For help with history, I like to go to the HyperHistory Online site at www.hyperhistory.com. Click on HyperHistory Online to find what you're looking for, whether it's info on people, history, events or maps. It's a really cool "synchronoptical" (meaning, "seeing at the same time") chart. You can look at the timeline and then click it to bring up the info in a side window. Everything is color-coded so you can find your way around easily. Have fun with history at this site.

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