We all browse and search the web because that is what the web is for! This week we are going to focus on different searching features.
Often times, we use the browser that comes with our computer; Internet Explorer for PCs and Safari for Macs. But there is another browser which has some great features. I use it a lot. And that is Mozilla Firefox. Which brings us to...
What is Mozilla? Mozilla is free, and is open source technology. Click here to download. One of the best parts about Mozilla is the tabs feature. You can switch back and forth between multiple websites on the tabs; directions to NYC, a list of museums, a restaurant reservation site. Planning your day is easy peasy. Watch this video about how to use tabs.
How was the process? Write your thoughts on your blog: did you get similar results, or different results? Also for thing 3, click on Bing's visual search. How was the same search in visual? Or, do you think that visual search only coalesces with certain topics?
This week we looked at a browser, which is the application that gets you onto the web (like Firefox or Internet Explorer) and search engines that search the web itself (like Google and Bing.) As a parent, you can change search engines' settings on the computer that your children use most frequently. Google has SafeSearch Filtering for easy filtering at the browser level.
Try a few searches on kid friendly engines:
What kind of results would you want if your child was doing legitimate research for a school assignment? Protecting younger children from stumbling across questionable content is one issue, allowing your older children to access reliable information for learning about life and health is another.
There are many ways of controlling the access your children have to the Internet and this is an issue that will weave through many of the lessons in this program. See this great article over at CNET for an overview of security options for parents. Kids deserve Intellectual Freedom (pdf), but it is up to us to help them learn to how to find good information and evaluate those resources.The focus of this program is not to teach any one area of technology in depth, but to strengthen your own use and understanding of Web 2.0 so that you may more confidently exercise control at your own comfort level. For more resources on Internet Safety, please see this link for additional resources.