Week of January 25, 2009

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Visit the Featured Web sites to find the answers.

Who heads the Federal Reserve System?
Secretary of the Treasury
The Reserve Committee
The Board of Governors

What is the last obstacle on the test drive?
A Steep Hill

Who painted “The Five Senses”?
Jacob Jordaens
Antoon Claeissins
Paul Kane

Friends at FedVille

Money matters, and FedVille is ready to help you learn all you need to know about saving and spending at www.frbsf.org/education/
. Choose a character and password to begin. Mouse around in your room, then hit the streets of FedVille in search of cool clues that will add to your wallet and your brain!. As you make your way in this virtual world, check your Clues Book for help when you run into trouble. You'll be an expert at managing your money affairs by the time you leave.
Nominate a cool Web site at:

Vroom, Vroom!

Welcome to StreetLife Car Constructor, www.mylearning.org/
, where you are the engineer behind the vehicle of your dreams. From steep hills to icy terrain, your car will be put to the test once you finish creating it, so build wisely. There’s lots to do! Choose your wheels, add an engine, pick a body and a color and get ready to test your car. If you change your mind at any time, you can always go back to the drawing board. Once your car is road-ready, rev your engine and speed away.

Artissimo Magnifico

Get ready for an online adventure in art at Artissimo, http://cybermuse.gallery.ca/
. Spin the wheel and see where it takes you. Maybe you will land on Eye Spies, where Josh is waiting to help you discover hidden phrases among famous works of art. Spin again and try your luck in Color Palette. There you can pick up a paintbrush and create your own masterpiece. If you are really lucky, you might even land on Artissimo Gallery, where kids just like you have inspired the featured art. This site is sure to get your creative juices flowing, so celebrate the beauty of art in your own way today.
Speak Out

What is your favorite car?

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Dear Amy: Why do people collect your data online? — Elias, Ventura, Calif.

Dear Elias: Depending on what Web sites you visit, your information might be collected and used in different ways. Many sites such as online stores track what pages you view and use that information to display advertisements you might be interested in.

Sites that require users to register usually collect personal information like full name, e-mail, address and more. What sites do with this information varies. One site might send you e-mails occasionally with site updates, while other sites might sell your information. This usually results in tons of spam in your inbox.

McAfee, an antivirus software company, ran an experiment last year to see exactly what happens when people give out their e-mail address to anyone online who asks. Volunteers from 10 countries around the world were given new laptops and e-mail addresses. For 30 days they surfed the Internet clicking on whatever they felt like and freely gave out their new e-mail addresses. You can read about what happened at www.mcafeespam
. (This site is no longer available.)


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