Week of October 14, 2007

Rhyming Words

Discover the wonderful world of poetry when you click on the Children's Poetry Archive at www.poetryarchive.org
. If you are looking for a specific poem, search the database to find some meaningful words about animals, dance, feelings and more. You can also enter the name of a poet like Robert Frost or Roald Dahl to review their literary work. Questions are welcome at Ask a Poet, where the featured writer shares their thoughts and feelings about poetry. Before you leave, take a tour of the site and read through poetry favorites.

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

Visit the Featured Web sites to find the answers.

In what year was Roald Dahl born?



What is optics?

study of fire
study of the science and technology of light
study of the eye


What is phishing?
Gathering sensitive information fraudulently
Style of painting
Style of dance



Kids Wanted

Optics for Kids at www.optics4kids.org is full of information on light and how we use it in everyday life. Click on Flash to read up on optics as you scroll through text using a cool magnifying glass. If you are feeling creative, Experiments is the place to strut your stuff. Make water lenses, mirrors and more to see how optics works. Before you surf on to other sites, play Optics Games like Word Find, Optical Illusions and Hidden Objects and put your beautiful peepers to the test.

True or Not?

Pay a visit to the Credibles at http://library.thinkquest.org/
and learn more about information on the Internet. Sometimes the Internet is not the most reliable place to find the facts you need. Browse Censorship to discover how to discern whether your Internet source is one-sided. Sensationalism explains how a simple story can be blown out of proportion due to popular Internet coverage. Legitimacy is crucial if you need the truth and nothing but the truth. Search the Glossary for important terms then test your Internet smarts with Trivia.

If you could be any animal, what would you be? Why?


Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Why is it that sometimes when you try to send a comment to a Web site and follow all the directions, the site says “Sorry! You must be 13 years or older”? Kids 12 and under want to send in comments too! — Mary, Charleston, N.C.

Dear Mary: It may not seem fair to kids under 13 years of age, but Web sites must follow a special set of rules for collecting children's information. In 2000, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act was enacted, which requires permission from parents before anyone under 13 years of age can submit personal information online such name, address, and phone number.

A lot of times, this information is required for registration with Web sites, meaning that no one under 13 years of age may register. However, some Web sites will allow children to register if they provide the e-mail address of a parent who can give permission. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act was created to help parents keep their kids safe online, but it is still important to follow online safety rules. To learn how to be a safe surfer, check out www.4kids.org/safesurf. Surf's up, dudes!

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