Week of October 29, 2006

What's Black and White?

Examine the spots on some cool Dalmatian dogs at http://sparky.org/dalmatians. This breed of dog is full of surprises. Read All About Dalmatians to see what color Dalmatians are when they are born or how much they weigh when full grown. Wonder what you would look like with Dalmatian spots? Click on Dalmatianize to makeover other animals and even old Mrs. Edna into Dalmatian fashion creations. Kid Pictures is full of Dalmatian-loving artwork. And Spot the Dalmatian will challenge your detective ability.

Nominate a cool Web site at www.4Kids.org/nominations

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What do Dalmatians love to do?

ride bikes
run races


What is the bystander's name?



How many equal parts can the head be divided into?



A New Perspective

Walk around in someone else's shoes in an
educational online playground at www.talk-helps.com/
. Click on different characters to learn more about getting along with others and doing the right thing. Role playingwith the Bullies and the Victims shows you how they are all affected by bullying and how they react in challenging social situations. Get to know Ian the Intervener to learn how to stop bullying when you see it happen at your school. There is always room to better yourself and help others. (This site is no longer available.)

Picture Perfect Portrait

Sharpen your pencils and your artistic skills when you enter Arty Factory at www.artyfactory.com
. Portrait Proportions explains the dynamics of drawing faces. Practice pencil shading techniques to give your art form and depth. Then fine-tune your design with beautiful Portrait Features, described step-by-step, to master the drawing of eyes, ears, lips and noses. In Pencil Portrait learn three basic steps to help you create your own masterpiece. Then challenge yourself with Portrait Puzzles, where you will click and drag to re-create beautiful faces.

Do you think countries should have one official language? Why?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Should I use my real name online?— Nicole, Brandon, Fla

Dear Nicole: This is a very good question. It is important to take safety precautions when you are surfing the Web. You should not give out personal information over the Internet. You should never give out your last name, address, phone number, or where you go to school. It is OK to use your first name. You can also make up a name just to use when you are on the computer. This can be fun for you and your friends.

There are many situations you will be faced with on the Web, and you should be ready for them. For example, people in a chat room may ask where you live, or when you are instant messaging, someone may ask your full name. Never give out this type of information. Even kids’ sites may encourage you to become a member and ask for personal information. You should always ask a parent or guardian if it is OK to provide your last name or address.

Learn about COPPA, online privacy for kids at www.ftc.gov/privacy/privacyinitiatives/childrens.html, and visit Safe Surfing at www.4kids.org/safesurf for more safety tips.

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