These days, computers are everywhere.
Many schools give kids a laptop to use throughout high school. When I
started high school, I got a pencil. And I think I had to pay a dime for
it. The problem is that when kids use the Internet in school, they are
experts in using the Internet for everything except school work. Sure
there are filters so certain websites cannot be accessed, but even if
you can keep these kids from changing passwords or working around the
system you simply cannot block every time-wasting website.
you have never surfed the Internet, you’ve heard of Facebook. It
started ten years ago at Harvard as (I’m not making this up.) a way for
some geeky guys to meet girls. Since that time most kids have moved onto
other social websites and left Facebook to their parents’ and
grandparents’ generation. Just getting acquainted with a site kids used
to enjoy, you can see that there are plenty of ways to get off task.
Twitter is the most popular social site with kids now, but there isn’t
much to do except talk to your friends and point them to something else
entertaining on a different site. In a weird way, the Facebook is now
used more for the parents of college students to meet girls. Or guys.
Some people socialize better when we don’t have to get dressed, brush
our teeth, and get in the car and drive.
But it’s not just the
social networking sites that kids (and me) can waste time and stay
off-task. There are countless sites where simple games can be played in
order to prevent actual work getting done. And let me say that I am
recommending none of these sites. But you can get a realistic look at
what it might look like if you suddenly woke up after falling asleep
while watching a movie on DVD. The site:
www.youfellasleepwatchingadvd.com which is an animated living room with
the video screen playing the opening/closing screen from a number of
different movies. You can even choose the movie.
How about this;
let’s say you have a kid bugging you wanting to know if it’s finally
Christmas Day. Just tell him to go to www.isitchristmas.com and check.
It takes you to a screen that simply says, “NO.” That’s the entire site.
Or maybe the kid wants to know what it would be like to be blind. The
bad taste site can be found at www.HelenKellerSim.com. I won’t spoil the
joke for you. Just don’t expect much. Or you can waste time at
www.pointerpointer.com which features an array of pictures of people
pointing. My personal favorite is www.kimjongunlookingatthings.com which
features the North Korean leader looking at various objects.
you would like to try surfing the Internet. “Surfing” is simply a term
that means looking around the Internet. You can’t “walk” the Internet.
You can’t “swim.” You must surf, don’t ask me why. It’s a rule. When you
do surf, be on the lookout for these bits of silliness that populate
the web and always pop up when all you want to do is research the latest
financial news or find the results from the Winter Olympics. They
always pop in, so unless you have a strong will, pack a lunch and
prepare to be off-task for a while.
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