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1.

300 Incredible Things for Kids on the Internet
by Ken Leebow

 

 

 

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Protecting Your Child Online (with CD-ROM)
by Preston Gralla, Sherry Kinkoph

 

 

 

Book Info
Discover quick and easy ways to teach kids how to conduct themselves online, use parental control software to keep kids safe, protect kids against predators and stalkers, make sure kids do not access pornographic or hate sites, protect kids' privacy whenever online, keep kids safe in chat rooms, and more. Softcover.

 

3.

101 Things to Do on the Internet (Computer Guides Series)
by Mark Wallace

 

 

 

From Horn Book
This kid-friendly volume describes a series of Internet projects, most of which involve visiting a website. Clear instructions guide readers to point their browsers to pages about sports, dinosaurs, moviemaking, and other topics. Helpful illustrations include screenshots of websites. Unfortunately, it's tough for a book to keep pace with the ever-changing Net: at least six of the hundred or so suggested links are already dead. Glos., ind. Copyright © 1999 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

 

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Cool Sites : Homework Help for Kids on the Net (Cool Sites)
by Lisa Trumbauer

 

 

 

5.

Free Stuff for Kids on the Net (Cool Sites)
by Lisa Trumbauer

 

 

 

 

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6.

Super Sports for Kids on the Net (Cool Sites)
by Lisa Trumbauer

 

 

 

 

7.

Internet Kids & Family Yellow Pages, 2001 Edition
by Jean Armour Polly

 

 

 

Book Description
"The next best thing to having a vast reference library--and the librarian--in your own home."--San Diego Minion Tribune. A family-friendly resource providing more than 3,500 reviewed and approved children's and family Web sites, plus helpful parenting and Net safety tips. Renowned author Jean Armour Polly is the creator of the identity and brand NetMom, under which she consults with America Online, Disney Online, and many other major Internet interests. Companion Web site supplements content and provides additional related Internet links. Engages children by offering Internet-related trivia questions, along with opportunities to explore possibilities career ideas, and more.

 

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Cybersurfer : The Owl Internet Guide for Kids
by Nyla Ahmad, Martha Newbigging

 

 

 

From Booklist
Gr. 4^-7. The format is cluttered and the cartoon-style art often garish, but this is still a vast improvement over the dull computer books of the past. The focus is on the Internet: what it is, how to get on the information superhighway, and what you can do once you get there. Among the topics covered (and then generously subdivided) are e-mail, Net surfing, home pages, and safety on the Net. The last topic is handled a bit ambiguously. For instance, although kids are warned against in-person meetings with strangers they have talked to on the Net and about protecting private information, they are simply told to steer clear of "bad stuff" when it comes to pornography and hate messages. Whatever its flaws, the book has far more positives than negatives. It is jampacked with information, touches on most of what kids need (or want) to know, and offers a "yellow pages" of more than 250 annotated listings where kids can log on. Libraries may want to keep a second copy on hand for reference. The book comes with a "CyberSurfer Cyber Blastoff Disk" that lets kids establish automatic connections to favorite sites. Ilene Cooper

 

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The Everything Kids Online Book (Everything Kids Series)
by Rich Mintzer

 

 

 

10.

Online Kids: A Young Surfer's Guide to Cyberspace
by Preston Gralla

 

 

 

From Booklist
Gr. 4^-7. This is not nearly as comprehensive as Shepp's Kid Net or Salzman and Pondiscio's Kids On-Line (1995). But to its credit, it doesn't sound as though it were partly written for parents, as do the other two books. Gralla's style is casual and upbeat--though his constant use of the word cool is irritating--and the book's format speaks right to kids: the type is large, the annotations brief and clear, the layout spacious, and the addresses easily accessible, not buried in running text. Brief, de rigueur information on safety, e-mail, and the major online services, including the new Microsoft Network and the World Wide Web, are here. So are recreational sites for moviegoers, hobbyists, pet lovers, etc. But it will be students who come away best served. Gralla has assembled a good variety of subject-related sites on everything from math and astronomy to reading and computers, with a section on shareware (Gralla writes an online shareware column) that is exceptionally good for the age group. There's also a chapter devoted to helping kids create their own home page. Although not for absolute "newbies," this offers plenty to please kids who have basic online savvy. Stephanie Zvirin

 

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Kid's Guide to E-mail
by Larry P. Stevens, Cara J. Stevens, Paul Gilligan

 

 

 

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Internet for Beginners (Computer Guides Series)
by Philippa Wingate, Andy Griffin

 

 

 

From Horn Book
Unlike many other books on the Internet, this one focuses tightly on the technical details of using the Net. As a result, this book is much better than others at explaining basic ow-toissues. Topics covered include equipment, exploring the World Wide Web, newsgroups, e-mail, and FTP files. Text, color photos, diagrams, and illustrations are unattractively packed onto each page. Glos., ind. -- Copyright © 1998 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

 

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The Usborne Complete Book of the Internet & World Wide Web (Computer Guides Series)
by Philippa Wingate

 

 

 

14.

How to Find Almost Anything on the Internet
by Ted Pedersen, Francis Moss, Laura Driscoll

 

 

 

Book Description
Have you ever sat down at your computer, all revved up to surf the Net for something, and then not been able to find what you were looking for? Ever typed a specific phrase like "Star Wars" into a search engine, and gotten tons of links for "stars" and "wars," but only one or two for the movie? If you're like most people online these days, this probably sounds familiar! How to Find Almost Anything on the Internet can help. It contains info on all the big search engines (from AltaVista to Yahoo! and more), what they are, how they work, which ones are easiest to use, and how to get the best results out of them. You'll also learn the secrets to wording your search. And the book is written in plain and simple language, so you don't have to be an Internet wiz before you read it. (But you will be afterwards!) So whether you're doing research for a homework assignment, or trying to find a specific baseball stat, you will find what you are looking for every time you search online. There's all kinds of cool stuff out there somewhere on the Internet, if only you know how and where to look!

 

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Internet for Kids : A Beginner's Guide to Surfing the Net
by Francis Moss

 

 

Midwest Book Review
This beginner's guide to the Net includes a parents' and teachers' guide along with its instructions on getting started and managing to understand the Internet. Case history examples are packed into this clear manual, which tells kids how and why the Internet is cool. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

 

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16.

101 Cool Sites for Kids on the Internet
by Jennifer Friday, Chris Mansfield

 

 

 

17.

Jeeves, I'm Bored : 25 Internet Adventures for Kids
by Callie Gregory

 

 

 

18.

Internet Coach for Net Safety-Teacher's Guide
by APTE

 

 

 

Book Description
Companion Teacher Guide for the innovative educational CD-ROM of the same name. With program areas for both parents/teachers and students (ages 5-adults), this is an interactive and engaging program covering the essential aspects of Web safety: avoiding viruses, scams and frauds; locating safety resources, protecting personal information and much more. Includes a children's program employing a motivating game to illustrate Internet Safety with realistic scenarios to test safety knowledge. The game includes parent/teacher guidelines, including a safety pledge. The CD-ROM and the companion guide help to fill the knowledge gap left by filters, blocking software and firewalls. APTE is the first company to take a proactive stance and encourage people of all ages to think before they surf!

 

19.

World Wide Web for Beginners (Computer Guides Series)
by Asha Kalbag, Andy Griffin

 

20.

Learning the Internet for Kids : A Voyage to Internet Treasures (Learning Series)
by Denise Vega

 

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