School's out and surf's up
Kids take to the 'Net for summer fun
June 16, 1997
Web posted at: 3:16 p.m. EDT (1916 GMT)
From Correspondent Lori Waffenschmidt
ATLANTA (CNN) -- School's out, and sports camp doesn't start
for another two weeks. Already there are some glazed-over
young eyes from way too many hours in front of the TV.
There's an alternative -- send the kids surfing.
Why put your child's latest masterpiece on your refrigerator,
when you can post it on the Internet and share it with
Since 1994, Cyberkids has helped
youngsters share their creativity -- from art to music to
The site is chock-full of multi-media efforts that show the
awesome creativity of young people and their computers.
Young composers can share original music -- a click on the
jukebox opens a wide range of styles. There's also
background on each young musician.
There are also contests and prizes in the Art Gallery, and
challenging word games, puzzles and mazes.
Frequently asked questions
The success of Cyberkids sparked CyberTeens , where kids find the same fun, games, and
creativity -- but also answers to some of the problems faced
by kids growing up.
Teen angst is addressed by cyber-columnist Lola -- with tough
topics like puberty, popularity, and problem parents
addressed with no nonsense, and no judgment.
Don't talk to strangers
WWW 4KIDZ lets younger children do everything
from creating their own comic book to finding out what's hot
at the library or the movies.
There's a homework helper, cyber coloring books, and a prize
The site also contains sound advice for Net Surfers -- the
safe surfin' feature warns kids in language they can
understand about "mean people" who might try to get too much
information from them on the computer.
The site is a good page for parents to check out as well.
You can't do that on television
TV's Nickelodeon has a presence on the Net as
well, in a bright and brassy page featuring either a high-
tech, java-based site (gotta register for this one), or a low-tech "slower but really-really great anyway" site.
Colorful creatures that look like they jumped out of a cereal
box greet the visitor on entry. There's games, Nick Magazine
and other features, accessible through a "breathing" home page.
In addition to seeing jokes and games, kids anxious to get out of the house and do something fascinating this summer can find tips on volunteering. Some of these "Big Helpers" get recognized on the Nick network and the Web site.
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