Art Under Glass: Etch A Sketch
Doodle, draw, etch and sketch. The Etch A Sketch Web site, devoted to the classic toy, is loaded with great fun and games for kids of all ages. Turn those knobs and start drawing those lines atwww.etch-a-sketch.com. From coloring pages to hidden shapes to interactive stories, you'll find countless activities here. For kids not familiar with the Etch A Sketch, the site traces the history of the Etch A Sketch and features 10 useful tips and tricks to help you master the toy. Be sure to visit the amazing, and sometimes hilarious, art gallery. Here, you'll find sweet sketches of everything from wildlife to castles to famous celebrities. Better yet, you can meet the artists who toiled away at these beautiful works of art. And if you want to get to know your fellow doodlers better, the site tells you how to join the Official Etch A Sketch Club. Best of all is the online Etch A Sketch, which simulates the toy and lets you doodle for hours. Log onto the Web today and start etching a sketch to your heart's content.

Greening of the Earth: Project Environment How can you help keep Earth dressed in cheery green? It's easier than you think, and a kid can make a difference. Check out Project Environment at http://library.thinkquest.org/6076. Earth smart kids hang out here to find the basics on environmental dangers and tips for cleaning up the mess. Your house would look great in green, too. Meet the high school kids who built their very own Earth-friendly house, with rugs made from recycled plastic soda bottles and a sun-powered shower. Also, don't forget to green up your brain with fun puzzles and experiments. You can build an acid rain test, make your own paper out of recycled newspaper, and try out other eco-fun stuff. Now log on and help the planet live long.

Get Digital
The exciting future of television awaits at Digital TV: A Cringely Crash Course. Tune in with host Robert X. Cringely as we dive deeper into the digital revolution. Channel surf to www.pbs.org/opb/crashcourse and explore many of television's exciting events, including the Golden Age of Television and the introduction of color. Ever wonder why those movies you bring home are always modified for your television set? The site's cool graphics illustrate television's current aspect ratio. But HDTV has a movie screen-shaped aspect ratio to enhance your viewing experience. You'll also get the lowdown on the coming of digital sound, higher resolution and interactive television. Thanks to HDTV, you'll soon be able to play video games, surf the Web, talk to your friends and order a pizza--all through your television set. How soon can you expect this way-cool invention to hit your living room? Check out the site's digital TV timeline and find out today. This revolution is digitized. (Disclaimer: This site now contains advertisements.)

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Dear Amy: Are there any good places for kids like me to chat online? --Jessica, Baton Rouge, La.
Dear Jessica: Chatting online is fun. Yet chatting does have its potential risks for kids. Fortunately, a new Web site called Cyber Safe Kids at www.cybersafekids.com provides a safe place for kids and teens to chat in a monitored environment. After signing up, you'll be able to chat with other kids online for free. Just remember the golden rule: Do not give out any personal information about yourself. And if you feel uncomfortable, ask an adult for help. Have fun chatting. (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: I made a home page, but how do I get it on the Web? Help, please! --Cammie, San Antonio
Dear Cammie: Assuming you already have an Internet service provider, all you need to do is FTP your home page file to the server. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. It is what allows you to transfer files from your computer to another computer. You'll need a program such as Fetch or FTP Explorer. Both are free over the Internet. Try www.ftpx.com for FTP Explorer for PCs, or www.dartmouth.edu/pages/softdev/fetch.html for Fetch for Macintosh computers. Let me know when you get your Web page up and running. (The second site is no longer available.)

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