Access America
When most kids hear the word government, they think of politics, taxes or laws of the land. But at Access America, you'll find out what the government's really about: helping people like you! Make your way to Washington at www.students.gov and get the lowdown on the federal programs aimed at kids. Whether you're planning your education or want advice on a cool career, the site is a great resource for young people just starting out. Learn how to reserve a campsite in the U.S, or get a passport to travel overseas. Access America is a gateway to everything your country has to offer.

Water WorldFrom thriving underworlds of living creatures to scary storms above the surface, the Earth's oceans are places of mystery and beauty. At Savage Seas, you'll explore this exciting waterscape, including the stories behind shipwrecks, icebergs, freak waves and monsters of the sea. Prepare for an adventure at www.pbs.org/ wnet/ savageseas. Paddle by the Crow's Nest, where you can create animated waves, or watch video clips from the "Black Dragon," a powerful tidal bore in China. Walk along the Captain's Bridge for information on how to survive a storm on the high seas, and the ongoing saga of the "Devil's Triangle." Do you love a rainy day? Then check into the Weather Factory for the scoop on El Nino, thunderstorms and ocean images from a satellite. Or journey to the ocean's floor with the Deep Sea Simulator and swim with giant squid and "black smokers." It's a voyage you won't soon forget.

Sole Searching
As the year 2000 approaches, everyone wants to look back at the highlights of this century. But you've never seen history like this-from the ground up! Lace this address www.centuryinshoes.com into your browser. The Century in Shoes site is like a time capsule ... but just for feet! It shows us how the objects in our lives say a lot about us and the world we live in. Stroll through the decades with great multimedia effects and animations. (You might have to get some help upgrading if you don't have the latest software, but it's easy and worth it.) Boots, buckles, high heels and sneakers make for a pretty cool way to learn about history, huh? You'll see why shoes were fancy even during the Great Depression, and you'll learn where some of today's foot fashions got their inspiration. Donšt be a heel; give this site a try!

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Dear Amy: Do you think kids should shop online?--Margarite, Los Angeles
Dear Margarite: Until recently, kids couldn't shop online without using their parent's credit card, but at icanbuy.com at https:// www.icanbuy.com they have come up with an awesome way for kids to shop, save and even donate to charity online. Kids never have to enter credit card numbers or give out any personal information. Instead of using a credit card, your parents put money into an account for you. Your parents can configure the account with safeguards and keep track of deposits and purchases. While your account earns interest, you can learn about how money and finances work. (This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: Is it very hard to make an awesome home page?--Walter, Oak Park, Ill.
Dear Walter: To make a home page with all the bells and whistles, you'll want to learn how to use HTML code. A great place to start is at Webmonkey for Kids at http:// go.hotwired.com/ webmonkey/ kids/ eg19990608.The lessons take you through the basics of learning HTML, from preparing images to creating a good layout. Once you know how to do it, you can check out some of the projects, such as an invitation or an online report. (Webmonkey for Kids is no longer available, but you can still visit www.webmonkey.com.)

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