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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.

Best of the web from Kate Russell

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We have shown you websites where you can chat online, but what about your children? Many parents worry about safety for their brood, so it is nice to know there are places for the mini surfers out there to have fun and make new friends.

Disney's Penguin club is one such place. It is a chat portal where youngsters can interact safely and securely in a moderated environment using an account that is controlled by their parent or guardian.

Once a parent or guardian has replied to the activation e-mail you can click Start to log in and begin making friends. Select a region and then server, based on population.

Move about the screen by clicking on the area or zone you want to move to. There are loads of games and features to explore and enjoy, and use the tab at the top of the screen if you want to show the chat logs as well as just speech bubbles.

All the basic features are free, but if you want to decorate your own igloo and have multiple options on styling you will need a subscription account, click Membership on the front page to find out more.

Quick Online Tips website
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I have shown you a lot of plug-ins for your browser over the years. It seems like every day someone comes up with a cool new widget to make your life online a little easier and this site has gathered together 50 of the best for Firefox.

It also contains much more than just the Firefox section. Clicking Popular at the top is a great place to start.

Scroll through the long list of categories for your downloading pleasure. You will find amazing tools for things like YouTube and Digg, stuff for bloggers and so much more.

Look under Top Firefox Tips for the collection of extensions. Each one has a short description and a link to the page where you can download it.

Now, this is a portal site, so remember any downloads will be happening off-site. Be sure to check their terms and legitimacy before starting any downloads.

If you want to stay informed as the content changes you can subscribe to their blog either by e-mail or through an RSS feed. And if you are in any doubt about what an RSS feed is, there is a nice YouTube video from Technorati embedded on the page.

Lefora website
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I am a bit of a forum junkie. They are places where you can hold a structured discussion on pretty much any topic you care to think of, and if you cannot find a forum with a topic that suits you why not make one yourself?

Lefora is awesome because it allows even the least technical people to start their own community with a form-based editor to set up your forum. Click to begin then enter an address and the sign up details you are asked for.

You are now instantly logged in and offered two themes for your layout.

You are then taken through the stages you need to set up your forum, making it shine with personality and appeal, provided that is, you have picked an interesting topic.

The only downside to this site is there does not seem to be a way for people to search the forums that are available, so you will have to make sure people know where it is yourself if you want them to join in. Ideal for linking from a blog or personal website though.

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