With the Internet growing more and more everyday, kids these days are going to have to be more Web savvy than those before them. And Webmonkey is just the answer we’ve all been looking for! Webmonkey for Kids is a Web site where kids can learn how to make their own Web pages!
Planning Guide – I want to draw your attention to this section, as it is a very small link on the page. You’ll find it in the little section under the main navigation, where it reads Parents and Teachers. I think this page provides an excellent tool for parents and teachers to help children build Web pages, as well as, teach them about Internet safety.
Lessons – This section is devoted to teaching your kids how to make a Web page. It is broken down into four categories and they are: The Basics, Learning HTML, Graphics & Gizmos and Layout. I wish I would have had a guide like this to help me when I started learning how to put a Web site together. I also found that this site was a good refresher for my own Web authoring skills.
Projects – This section has specific tasks for kids to complete. They need to be familiar with the basics before delving into this, but I like this section, because it gives them a goal they can shoot for. The projects are: Birthday Invitation, Colors, Self-portrait, Online Report and Slide Show.
Playground – Think of this section like recess for your kids. Here they can watch some fun things and see what else the Internet is capable of.
Tools – Here you will find the tools you need to get started. If you don’t have an HTML editor, you can find one here under the Software section. If you need a reference guide, this is the section to check out for that as well. You can even browse the Links section and your kids can see sites that were authored by other kids.
This Web site can be a great educational tool for your kids. It provides the perfect opening to discuss Internet safety and it allows them to accomplish something at the same time. Enjoy!