Children between the ages of 5 and 14. It also provides resources and information for parents, caregivers, teachers, trainers and anyone else in connection with the educational system. The site – and all matter pertaining to it – was founded in 2007 by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre. The goal and mission of the CEOP is to consistently provide clean fun and entertainment for children, preteens and teens. Additional material is given to persons interested in this field to further child achievements and upgrading education by continuing the process offline. The CEOP site and its branches are supported by the U.K.’s department of education.
|SEE ALSO: E-Safety for UK’s Children|
What Is Think You Know?
If you like spending free time on the internet, are 5-14+, and you think you know games, videos and other cool stuff, then you definitely want to cruise the Think You Know website. You will find:
- Chat rooms
- An email area
- Be able to share files
- Social network
- Games and more.
The four links that take you to the main site and give information for them are how to Have Fun, How to Stay in Control, How to Report, and the Cyber Café – that’s the place with all the great e-items! While you’re having a good time you will also be expanding your knowledge about the web and learn many interesting educational things. This is done by sharing information with children your own age. There are also adults on hand if you have any questions.
The Think You Know Cyber Café
Now you have arrived at the haven of technology and exciting internet activities. The think you know cyber cafe was created by the combined efforts of Becta, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, The Internet Proficiency Group and the Grid Club. After you have explored the café you might want to drop off a thank you note to these people for making such a cool site. The café has areas where you can contact the managers online.
One of the main ideas of the Cyber Café is to have fun. One of the best ways to do that is to meet people and talk to them on the forums and chat rooms. There are many forums where you will find topics and subjects in all areas from music, to food, to celebrities and everything else. If there is a topic that hasn’t been discussed, you can start your own subject and ask people how they feel about it. Don’t feel too disappointed if people don’t like your topic; it happens. With a site this large you should find many interesting things to discuss. You can answer questions other people ask by sending messages. One of the best conversation starters is the basic questions. What is your favorite color, what do you like to eat, which games you like to play, and have you read any good books.
Another great way to connect and communicate with friends is through social networking sites. The biggest of those are Facebook and Twitter. You must be at least 13 to join those. Another unique site is Club Penguin. Social networking allows you the freedom to express yourself. You display who you are by creating and customizing your pages and designing your space the way you want to. These sites include:
- Blog spots
- Video uploading
- Onsite games
- Comment boxes
You can invite family and friends to comment on anything you post, but always remember to think twice before you display anything. Once you have put a comment or picture up for all to see you can never take it back. Think about how you would feel if your parents, teachers, or someone you respect was to view what you posted. This will encourage you to think twice before you put something up.
Think You Know Games
The Grid Club is the Cyber Café’s centre for all kinds of online games and activities. Some of the games are:
- Top five
- Short story winners
- Mathmobile mayhem
Each game tests your skills and ability by either speed, accuracy, or on an academic scale. People who participate will be rewarded by getting sharpened wits and reflexes. It’s a fun way to improve yourself. The Grid Club also provides an area to search for fields by activity or academic subject. That means there is definitely something of interest for everyone. The teacher zone provides information and resources as well. It gives lesson plans, worksheets and curriculum subjects educators can download. Grid Club is supported by 5 educational and business bodies dedicated to promoting better education and opportunities for children and enhancing resources for parents and educators.
Think You Know 8-10
Educationally gendered websites, educational materials and socially enhancing systems are especially tailored to suit the needs and further the development of children in all age brackets. Think You Know is divided in groups for children and educators and get out of unfavorable situations.
Think You Know Video
Videos are one of the more popular forms of communication. They offer visual, audio communication and information simultaneously and therefore capture the viewer’s attention faster than photos and music do. Think You Know videos are available on the Grid Club’s interface and come as games, information or are educational. Some videos may allow you to add comments. If there are no comment boxes provided you can always contact a site manager and ask any questions, give comments or suggest improvements. The Cyber Café is another place where videos can be viewed. You can post videos of your own or view videos provided by your fellow Think You Know members. Please remember to post videos to your profile that are inoffensive. Don’t add videos that violate the rights of other people and don’t put any ‘personal’ videos up of yourself or others. Videos are meant to be enjoyed. If you see a video that makes you feel uncomfortable be sure to report it.
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Cyber Café – A Haven for Internet Surfers
A cyber café is a place where people can use the internet. There are several benefits to using cyber cafes:
- Virus free internet use
- High speed internet
When people are travelling or on the go, stopping into a cyber café helps them to keep in touch with family, friends or business associates. It prevents the hassle of taking a laptop around wherever they go. The only disadvantage of using a cyber café is: you have to pay; sometimes the owner has access to view client’s online interactions or there may be an age restriction (18 or older).
Before you use the services of an internet café be sure to ask if there are any rules or regulations to follow. A cyber café can be a fun place to relax while you communicate or get your work done. Some cyber cafes allow you to eat and drink while you surf. These are usually an internet and restaurant café in one. The dual cyber cafés are where you mostly find teens, college students and people who are vacationing. Cafes are usually frequented by businessmen or people, who simply want to make a quick transaction, then go. Cyber cafes first made an appearance in 1988 in South Korea. They swiftly gained international popularity when people discovered they could gain internet access for a small fee. It was particularly handy for people who didn’t have laptops or computers at home.
The two main components of safety are protection for the user and protection for the user’s equipment. Now that we have talked about Think You Know and learned about all the great services provided for children and educators online, let’s talk about esafety. You can never be too safe or too careful when you are surfing the net especially if you are a child. Some of the items to be careful about are the information you share, what you view and who your online friends and contacts are.
Whether it is a social networking site, or any other site where you interact with others, always be aware of what you share with them. Never make rude or nasty comments online. Doing so could result in your profile being suspended or get you banned from the site all together. Treat other users with the same respect you want shown to you. Don’t put up photos of your friends or family without their permission. You wouldn’t want anyone to do it to you. Also remember that the World Wide Web is a vast place. Anything you share can be copied and shared internationally. Be sure to only invite people you know and don’t share info with or talk to strangers online. If someone says they are a child then begins to say things that make you uncomfortable be sure to tell your parents. It is also a good idea to double check new online friends (people you have never met in real life) to make sure they are legitimate.
The photos you view, music you listen to and videos you watch help define you as a person. Before you listen or view, ask yourself if you would feel comfortable viewing or listening if your parents or teacher was nearby. If not, then it probably isn’t good for you either.
Protect Your Equipment
File sharing can be risky because it is an easy way to pick up viruses. Make sure any files you download are from a reputable site. If you are using a public computer, be sure to ask if they have some form of antivirus protection or spyware if you are using a flash drive. If you have your own laptop and are using public Wi-Fi, be sure to press the public box. These have built in systems that let you know the information you are sharing can be seen by others. Being forewarned gives you the privilege to view only insensitive material.
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