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Useful Websites

Educational/Learning
•khanacademy.org – video lectures on just about any subject
•ted.com – lectures by smart people
•academicearth.org – classroom lectures
•freerice.com – expand your vocabulary while feeding the hungry
•lizardpoint.com – a collection of geography quizzes
•mathrun.net – timed math quizzes
•classicshorts.com – the best short stories
•erowid.org – learn about drugs
•qwikia.com – turn a Wikipedia article into a video
•unplugthetv.com – a collection of intellectually stimulating videos
•factsie.com – a place to learn amazing and unusual historical and scientific facts

Learn Skills
•highercomputingforeveryone.com – learn to program in C
•thechesswebsite.com – a bunch of chess tactics, tutorials, and puzzles
•htmldog.com – learn html
•codecademy.com – learn to code through interactive lessons
•cookingforengineers.com – learn to cook
•digital-photography-school.com – learn photography
•memrise.com – learn a foreign language
•justinguitar.com – guitar video tutorials
•livemocha.com – a language learning community
•musictheory.net – learn music theory
•investopedia.com – learn and practice investing

Useful Web Apps
•mint.com – for budgeting your money
•billshrink.com – compare cell phone and credit card plans
•duckduckgo.com – a search engine that isn’t following you
•padmapper.com – maps out possible apartments/homes that fit your criteria
•printfriendly.com – make any webpage print friendly
•printwhatyoulike.com – print precisely what you want from any webpage
•privnote.com – write a note to someone that will self-destruct after they read it
•freecycle.org – a network of people giving away free stuff in their towns
•couchsurfing.org – crash on someone’s couch anywhere in the world
•recipepuppy.com – search for recipes based on the ingredients you have
•pipl.com – a search engine for finding people
•donorschoose.org – donate to a classroom in need
•charitynavigator.org – evaluates various charities
•govdeals.com – find cheap stuff the government is getting rid of
•newsmap.jp – popular news headlines
•radioreference.com – listen to radio channels across the nation
•jimmyr.com – link aggregator
•msworddit.com – Reddit in Microsoft Word form
•wepay.com – like paypal but less scummy
•thefuckingweather.com – a more profane look at the weather
•wolframalpha.com – a computational knowledge engine
•heavens-above.com – follow satellites and constellations
•whatismyip.com – figure out you I.P. address
•spreeder.com – improve reading speed and comprehension
•simplynoise.com – listen to white noise
•camelcamelcamel.com – tracks prices for any product
•ptable.com – an interactive periodic table
•retailmenot.com – find coupons for just about anything
•searchtempest.com – search all of craigslist with one search
•join.me – peek in on somebody’s computer screen
•thistothat.com – find out the best way to glue this to that
•woorank.com – find out what your website is missing, how you can improve it, and how to make Google recognize it better
•scribblemaps.com – draw on maps then share them with friends
•mailvu.com – video email
•rhymer.com – online rhyming dictionary
•homestyler.com – design your dream home
•wetransfer.com – an easy way to send big files
•mapofthedead.com – shows places around you to help you survive the zombie apocalypse
•pastebin.com – a place to paste text
•idlekeyboard.com – make it sound like you’re hard at work
•wherethefuckshouldigofordrinks.com – find somewhere to get a drink in your area
•dropbox.com – backup your sensitive document online
•seatguru.com – find out where the best seats are on your plane flight
•unlistmy.info – find out which websites store data about you, and tell them to unlist your info
•ifoundyourcamera.net – a collection of lost cameras
•sizeasy.com – check the size of items you buy online
•sleepyti.me – plan out your sleep schedule better
•ninite.com – download all the free software you want at the same time
•ripetrack.com – find out when certain fruits are ripe
•compassionpit.com – talk out your problems with others, or help others yourself
•paperbackswap.com – swap books with others
•reddpics.com – a look at Reddit’s favorite pictures
•swole.me – plan out your meals better
•weatherspark.com – a graphical look at the weather
•network-tools.com – network tools
•amazon.com – the best place to buy things online

Entertainment – Music, Movies, Sports, Books

•redditunes.com – Reddit’s favorite music
•grooveshark.com – great place to listen to tunes
•isitback.com – find out when your favorite television shows come back on air
•literature-map.com – type in an author and they will show you others of a similar style
•runpee.com – find out the best time to run to the bathroom during any movie
•songkick.com – searches your music library and tells you when your favorite musicians play in your area
•midomi.com – sing or hum a song you don’t the name of and it will identify it for you
•slashfilm.com – the best movie news blog on the internet
•nanocrowd.com – find out what movie you should watch next
•page99test.com – read page 99 of a book
•nophonetrees.com – talk to an actual person instead of a machine when you call customer service
•bookseer.com – get recommendations for your next read
•sbnation.com – awesome community of sports blogs
•justthefirstframe.com – just the first frame of today’s webcomics

Other Interesting Blogs
•thestuffofmen.com – cool stuff every man should own
•artofmanliness.com – learn man stuff
•thedailymiscellany.com – daily tips, DIYs, ane more
•getrichslowly.org – personal finance advice
•thedatingspecialist.com – seduction tips
•brainpickings.org – a human-powered discovery engine
•fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com – a look at politics through the numbers
•hackaday.com – a new DIY project every day
•shorpy.com – old and interesting pictures
•boston.com/bigpicture – amazing pictures covering the latest news around the world
•newscientist.com – science news
•uncrate.com – a place for stuff men love
•tastespotting.com – pictures of delicious food
•zenhabits.net – take a breath and read this blog
•foodgawker.com – more pictures of delicious food
•theburninghouse.com – a blog cataloging which possessions people choose to save from a burning home
•dwellinggawker.com – check out how amazing the inside of some homes look
•thesimpledollar.com – more personal finance advice
•veryquiet.com – world news and analysis
•mentalfloss.com – where knowledge junkies get their fix
•mrmoneymustache.com – financial advice through badassity
•studyblue.com – study tips
•lettersofnote.com – personal letters written by famous people

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4 Tips for Finding Great Websites for Kids

Source: www.parents.com Tech Savvy Parents  by

When arranging a playdate, you always know where your child is going and who they’re playing with.  You’d never let them go off unattended if there wasn’t a level of comfort and trust.  Just like you’d never let your child go to a stranger’s house for a playdate, letting them visit sites that you haven’t personally previewed isn’t a good idea either.

The internet is a treasure trove of information that is great for adults but not always for children.  Here are 4 things to look for when websites and online games for your child:

Easy to navigate with a user friendly layout.  The first page should always fit on the computer screen and not require any scrolling. The page should be designed so that links to other pages are easy to find.  The site doesn’t need to be complicated with moving images, lots of graphics or tons of text.  Simple is better.

Age appropriate content.  For a preschooler who is just beginning to read, there shouldn’t be an overwhelming amount of text that they will need to read in order to navigate the site.  Activities and games should be just right for the child and not too difficult.

Few or no ads. With an abundance of ads, children are often enticed by the images such as fast food restaurants logos, favorite television characters, and toys.  Children click on familiar images out of curiosity but can be easily led away from their game and on to another site.  When this occurs, it’s like going down a rabbit hole that is hard to get out of.  Not only is it is nearly impossible for a young child to navigate back to the original website, but the content can be questionable for young children.  In a frenzy of clicking to try to return to the original website, it only takes a couple more clicks for a child to accidentally get to content that’s not appropriate for their young eyes or to a place where one more click will fill your home computer with viruses.

Trusted partner in education. These days companies are partnering to license their content both on and offline.  Licensed merchandise available in retail stores helps young children act out their world with the characters they love and these same characters can often be found online.  Online games with friends from television shows and books can help kids practice their skills in an interactive way.  Look for trusted names in education such as Scholastic and PBS Kids that provide quality educational experiences through their websites.

Even if the sites meet the criteria above, by no means should your child be left unattended while playing online.  Always keep an ear out and an eye on what they’re doing to keep them safe and ensure that the content is fun rather than frustrating.

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