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TIPS for Kids (and Parents too)

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Brrr! Don't be left out in the cold
 We've got some "hot" tips for you!

When I grew up I wanted to live in AFFLUENCE, not EFFLUENCE!

 

Attention

KIDS
AND
PARENTS

 

 

IMPORTANT
RULE!

KIDS - NEVER GIVE OUT ANY PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION OVER THE INTERNET  (such as your name, address, phone number, school or  family information).   Always ask a parent if you have any questions or concerns about content on the internet.

McGruff the Crime Dog says "Take a Bite Out of Crime."  Tips for parents and kids on staying safe.  McGruff online (click on Site Map - Web safety is under Problem Solver section).

Are your kids in danger?
Parents - Do you know what your child is doing on the internet?  Does your child quickly change the screen when you appear?

Tips on blogging safely

Microsoft offers safety tips to help keep children safe while exploring online.   Video to watch, 10 tips to teach kids, safety tips by age, answers to frequently asked questions about kids and the Web, learn online slang, video gaming safety, online predators, Internet addiction, fact vs. fiction on the Web, and online piracy.  You may also post questions and receive advice from experts.
Security at home:  protect your family

Parents Television Council - Look up ratings, Find out what's on for families, Alerts, Take action, File an FCC complaint.  Make your voice heard.

Children under age 8 are unable to tell the difference between real and fantasy when it comes to violence on TV.  The Parents Television Council analyzed 444 hours of kids' daytime programs, and found more violence than in prime time adult programs.  The entertainment industry will only change if parents take action and reject this type of programming.  Read about study.

The links we have provided to websites have been reviewed for appropriateness for children; however, we will not be responsible for content or any changes that may occur on these sites.  Parental/adult supervision of World Wide Web viewing is always advised and encouraged for young children.
Please read our Privacy and Internet Safety  Statement on our "About Us and About You" page.

DON'T LET YOUR MIND BE AN
ENDANGERED SPECIES!

In the United States we have a law that protects our "Freedom of Speech."   This is a good law, but some good things get abused and used improperly.  The Web has websites from all over the world and from all different kinds of people.  Anyone can put up a websiteSo be cautious - and be selective about what you feed your mind.  If you put worthwhile information in your brain, it will reward you throughout life. 

The snow seems to be melting!  These tips must really be HOT!
(By the way, did you really read the above comments,
or were you just watching the snow?)

Inspector Snoopy
Inspector Snoopy says:
Be careful who you trust.

Inspector Snoopy looks pretty suspicious doesn't he?  Well, he is just looking out for you, to make sure you will be safe.  He's got some tips for you.

We need to know which websites we can truly trust.  Some websites may have names like "conservation trust," or use words like "scientific research," "sustainable use," "environmental," "protection,"  "stewardship," and other names we generally trust.  Keep in mind that "name" can mean (courtesy of Merriam-Webster):
"appearance as opposed to reality"
"using the excuse of" as "in name only" 

If you're not sure about a website or organization, do a little detective work!  What are they really about?  Sometimes they are selling animal parts and they call it sustainable use.  Sometimes they are killing animals and they call it "scientific research."  They may even have the word "Protection" as part of their name, but the only things they are protecting is their ability to make more money no matter what.  Some websites appear to be environmentally-friendly, but they are not.  This is called "greenwashing."  Some lead you to believe they are helping humanity when they are not.
There are many people/companies/groups who are just out to use (use up) the environment for private gain (money).

Just because a website name sounds trustworthy doesn't mean it is.   If you're not sure, we caution you to do a little research and not blindly "trust" websites and the information they are providing:
Who are their sponsors?
What are their backgrounds?
Where does their money come from?
Who are their officers?
What are they really promoting?
Who do they list on their links?
What, in truth, is their mission?

 

TEXTBOOKS AND LIBRARIES
Growing in Knowledge
Open a book and you open your mind.

Published works in school textbooks and libraries should be your main  sources for learning, with the internet providing additional educational resources, and daily worldwide news providing other sources of information.

Although there is much information that is not on the world wide Web, and not all websites contain current or accurate information, there is a tremendous amount of wonderful and exciting educational resources online which you can access almost instantly.    For example, live views from space of biomes, water pollution, meteor showers and weather; sites with the latest news and research findings; interactive graphics explaining the wonders of life and the natural cycles of the environment of planet Earth; information from governmental departments and environmental groups, actual sounds of birds, crocodiles and hurricanes; photos of people and cultures from around the world; questions answered by scientists and explorers; videos showing movement of ocean waves, animals in action, and cloud formations; spectacular pictures of planets and matter in outer space; links to encyclopedias and reference material, websites that help you learn another language or translate words; and schools connecting with other schools around the world.

Many schools and public libraries have paid fees for accessing special information through their computers  which you cannot access from your home computer.  Ask your teachers and librarians about their special programs.

WHAT TO LEARN

Learn how to THINK.
Train your mind to think in an orderly and rational manner.
Make your brain a Think Tank.

TVs, Cell Phones, Computers
Time Out!

What might happen if you turned off your TV  and your cell phone, and shut down your computer? 

Omigosh, you're starting to panic!



Relax...we didn't 
mean forever
 

Instead, have some fun with your family for a few hours - or even a whole day.
Together, y
ou and your family can:
Have great family discussions
Play games
Read to each other
Start some hobbies
Plant some flowers
Do an art project
Go bike riding
Play with your pet
Be more neighborly
Feel more peaceful

Try it - you'll like it!

SPECIAL SITES

There are many websites that have "special adaptive qualities" which will be helpful to our friends who are visually or physically challenged.

EMAIL THE EXPERTS

Many websites have places to email questions and get answers from experts.   Please be sure and read all the information that is offered on the website first before sending in questions - because your questions may already be answered on the website.

CONSIDERATION FOR OTHERS

Some people choose to have a
bad attitude.

 

You can tell by the way they act:
They have disrespect for others
They are rude
They use bad language
They say mean and insulting things
They are aggressive and angry
They do reckless and dangerous things
They take things that are not theirs
They feel entitled to things they didn't earn

We're sure glad you choose to have a
good attitude,
and that you have consideration for others.
 

Our color matches the color of our environment and we can hide when we need to

SOUNDS OF NATURE
AND ANIMALS
Some websites have sounds you can listen to.   You may need some plug-ins for viewing and/or listening to audio-visuals, animations and interactive programs.  There should be free downloads available.  If audio boxes remain open after you have finished listening, close them so they don't  clutter up your desktop.  Ask adults for help as the programs vary.

REGARDING CHARGES
FOR ONLINE INFO

When requesting information by clicking on a highlighted item, on some sites you may see the word "subscription."  This generally means there is a charge for the material.  Don't panic!  You cannot be automatically charged for material just because you clicked on it.  You would have to give your name, address, credit card number, etc., to order or download (bring up) the information before they could charge you.  Fortunately, there is a great amount of information available that is provided free for educational purposes.  Kids, remember - do not give out any personal information without a  parent's permission.

Different species sharing the same environment

BRING FRIENDS

Ask family members and friends to sit with you while you explore these websites.   You all will be able to learn together and have fun while exploring.  You can talk about what you see as you visit each place.  You may come up with some great ideas for a community environmental project or new ways you can save resources in your home.

YOU'LL WANT TO
COME BACK OFTEN

The links on Eco-Pros are all over the planet.   Many of these links are wonderful reference sites, so add us to your bookmarks and you will be able to come back easily.

Lesson number One - a computer mouse is a non-furry object.  It activates bytes, but it doesn't bite!

ECO-PROS
LINKS AND
GRAPHICS
All text (word) links are underlined and clickable.    Hold your computer mouse over the graphics and you will see some information appear.  We had a lot of fun with some of them and hope you enjoy them too.  Many graphics are linked, so mouse over them to see if a hand appears.  If you see a hand, click on it and it will take you somewhere (to another area on Eco-Pros or to a different website).
If the animations (moving figures) don't behave themselves, try the Reload or Refresh button on your computer.  You may need to press the Back and Forward buttons and Reload the image again.
Sometimes our little moving friends get so excited to show you everything, they go too fast!

WHAT TO PACK

Where's my pack?

Keep a pad of paper and a pencil or pen handy to make notes of things you want to remember or investigate further.  You may want to jot down other Web addresses that you plan to spend time on later.  Note- taking serves an important role in the learning process.

Another important item you might want to bring with you on your trip to keep by your side - and that is a dictionary!  Check out our Glossaries and Dictionaries page.  If one dictionary doesn't have the word you are looking for, try some of the other specialized dictionaries.

Here's a handy idea:  Add a Dictionary Button FREE (from this link) to your Explorer or Netscape browser - it's easy.
Then you can highlight any word in a website you are viewing, click the Dictionary button and a definition pops right up.  A box showing similar words will pop up from which you can make selections for further definitions.
It's FREE - Thanks Merriam-Webster!
 

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