Activities For Search Engines

A great Site with many pages of lessons on making users aware of the parts of the web, both good and bad. / english/special_initiatives/ games/ j oecool_joefool/ j o_cool_kids.cfm

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These situations are to help kids surf wisely and begin to think critically about online privacy, online marketing [ads], responsible Internet use, authenticating [checking for correctness], online resources and Internet safety.

For each scenario, students are asked to consider some key questions:

  • What kind of Web site is this? What is its purpose: To inform? To sell? To entertain? To persuade?

  • Is it a commercial Web site? A personal home page? An educational site? How can students tell?

  • What decision does Jo have to make?

  • What should Jo look out for? What should he or she take into account before acting?

  • What's the "big picture" here? Is this a privacy or safety issue? A matter of authentication? Does this relate to good citizenship online?

  • Does Jo make the right decision? Why or why not?


The CyberTour is followed by a 20-question multiple-choice CyberQuiz that reinforces the lessons that have been learned. It’s recommended that students complete the CyberTour before beginning the quiz.

To understand Boolean Searching have a look here
March 2003
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