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Last Updated: Friday, 8 December 2006, 14:47 GMT
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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Skoool website

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Education is important the world over but it can also be very different the world over. What I particularly like about Skoool is that it recognises and caters for these differences with dedicated sections accessible from the opening page.

Regions covered at the moment are Ireland, the UK, Thailand, Sweden and Turkey. Just click on the relevant button to enter the country-specific site.

Once inside the site, everything is very self-explanatory and nicely designed. There are games, study tools and plenty for the teacher and parent too. Scan the tabs across the top with your mouse pointer to reveal dropdown menus, and explore in your own time.


Think U Know website

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Any parent whose child goes online will no doubt have worried about who they might meet and talk to in cyberspace. Think you know who you are talking to online? Think U Know is a site set up by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre in the UK, but its advice is relevant wherever you are.

First of all, I love the design of the site. It has impact without being over-dramatic and it loads really quickly, especially the video on the opening page, which is well worth a look for any teenager who is new to online communities.

Parents should be aware that it is very frank and open about the potential dangers, so make sure you are around to offer support if they are disturbed by it. But perhaps better they be disturbed by the potential than fall into any traps.

Laid out in easily accessible chunks, covering all sorts of subjects like mobiles, podcasting, chatting and the like, the site teaches that the internet can be great fun, but also teaches children to recognise the signs of grooming and abuse. And if they should come across trouble, there is an easy way to seek support and report an abuser to the UK police - just use the Report Abuse tab at the top. Here you will also find sections aimed at parents and teachers.

All in all, a very good website.


Green And Easy website

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Green And Easy is a top site from the UK and it was sent in by its creator Harry O'Connor.

The products section has some really useful tips and information about various sectors offering the UK green alternatives to every day needs, but there is also plenty for an international audience under "information".

Hover your mouse over the title to reveal a pop-up menu of sections. I really like the article about carbon off-setting. As someone who travels a lot for work, I often feel guilty about my carbon footprint, and now I am inspired to offset that footprint by donating to an environmental cause - simple, yet brilliant and very good for my conscience!


Cute Overload website

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And finally, it is time to polish off the feel-good factor with an overload of cute at Cute Overload.

Some people in the office hate this site and some really love it. I fall into the latter category, obviously, along with a good proportion of the web community, because it won the "people's choice" award at the Webbys this year.

This sole purpose of this blog is to scour the web for the cutest images possible and post them here for your delectation. Kittens and puppies and bunnies abound. Just scroll through the opening page for the latest entries or use the menus on the left to jump to the subject-specific categories and archives from previous months.

Add your own pic to the mix by email, using the link at the bottom and - if you are hooked - why not subscribe to their RSS feed for live cuteness on your desktop every day. Now who can have a problem with that?



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