What's Your Story?
Gear up your imagination and your typing fingers, and join the creative kids at The Young Writers Club. Where do they hang out? Just a hop, skip and jump away at www.cs.bilkent.edu.tr/~david/derya/ywc.html. This club is all about doing, not just being-and YOU get to decide what to do. Check out the activities designed just for kids, send in your own ideas, get started on writing your own book, or read the great stories and poems by the other kids in the club. They're from all over the globe, and they write about everything from silly school stories to sci-fi invaders! There are lots of good stories and ideas to help you write your own great stories. You can even get to know the other young writers by chatting with them about anything creative. So join the club today, and live happily ever after. (This site is no longer available.)

A Moral to Every Story Courage, honesty and friendship are virtues that humans prize. At Adventures From the Book of Virtues, the goodness of the human spirit has now been brought to children on the Web. Change the channel to www.pbs.org/ adventures and meet Zack, Plato and the rest of the Plato's Planet gang from the acclaimed PBS television show. You'll learn about compassion, responsibility, loyalty and perseverance and what they mean to humanity. Story lovers will find everything from Greek myths to European fairy tales. Patience may be a virtue, but you'll want to check out Adventures From the Book of Virtues as soon as you can! (This site is no longer available.)

A Winter Playground
Whether you love winter sports or want to learn more about them, the Web is now home to the ultimate snow sports playground. The Winter Sports page is loaded with frozen fun, from downhill skiing to the luge. It's like having the Winter Olympics in your home! Take a trip to the winter village at www.wintersports.org because it's time to get extreme. You'll read about the history of ice hockey, leaf through a glossary of biathlon terms, and meet American ski jumping stars. Interested in hitting the slopes on a snowboard? The site has everything you need to know about the sport, from equipment to popular competitions. Or jump into a bobsled and jet down the track with a member of the bobsled team. Wear your gloves and goggles, because it's time to tackle the great outdoors! (This site is no longer available.)

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When you know the answers to the questionsbelow, enter your answers. If you are correct, you will become a "4KidsDetective of the Week." If a question is not answered it is considered wrong.Good luck.

1. How many stories can you submit to YWC?

1 per month
10 per year
you may submit as many as you like
2. When was hockey first played?
3. What are the names of all the characters at Adventures From the Book of Virtues?
Zach, Annie, Aristotle, Plato, Socrates and Aurora
Zach, Linda, Mary, Plato, Socrates and Aurora
Zach, Linda, Mary, Plato, Katie and Aurora

Ask Amy
Dear Amy: My brother and I want to start our own Web site. Is there a site that can teach us?--Jasmine, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Dear Jasmine: If you want to create your Web site from scratch and learn HTML, you'll need at least four things: a computer with a Web browser, a text editor such as Notepad (PC) or Simple Text (Mac), a place on the Web to store your files (ask your Internet Service Provider), and the software to move the files from your computer to the ISP's server like Fetch (Mac) and WSFTP (PC). A great place for help is at Create Your Own Web Page at www.smplanet.com/webpage/webpage.html.

Dear Amy: How do stores make it safe to buy stuff on the Web?--John, Austin, Texas
Dear John: When you buy online, the scariest thing is to give out your credit card number. Buying online is safer if you shop with Netscape 4.0 or Explorer 3.0 or a newer version. A padlock or a key will show up in the lower left-hand corner of the window to tell you the online store is secure. The information you send to the store will be encrypted so no one else can use it. You should never buy anything without your parents' permission. Also, they should check out the information on TRUSTe at www.truste.org.

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