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SomeOne writes \"(The New York Times is reporting on a new Web site called the International Children\'s Digital Library (icdlbooks.org ) which is making children\'s books available for free on the Web. The books, targeting children from ages 3 to 13, reflect several cultures and are available in different languages. (Currently the ICDL site requires a direct Internet connection such as a cable modem or DSL; telephone dial-up connection is expected in 2003.) \"
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This One that says it\'s important for parents to spend time with their children when they are surfing the Internet to help them find what they are looking for and read to them if need be -- as well as protect them from inappropriate content. \"Parents should teach their kids about Internet safety and surf the Net with their kids whenever possible,\" says Ms. Voors of the ALA, who is also head of children\'s services at the Allen County, Ind., public library. It\'s like learning to swim, she says. \"Sure, parents teach their kids to swim, but they don\'t let them swim alone.\"
\"As Dorothy McClung sat in her fourth-grade class last week, her principal came in and asked her for the library books she had checked out earlier in the day.
Nine-year-old Dorothy, a student at Platte Valley Elementary School, isn’t allowed to check out books from her school library because her mother didn’t pay the required $40 library fee. Read More.
\"Six out of 10 youngsters questioned knew the term \'homepage\' meant the introduction to a website yet only 9% could explain the meaning of a preface in a book.\"
To be honest, I can\'t tell you the difference between a preface, a foreword, and an introduction. How many people on the street can?
\"The results come in a survey of 1,000 seven to 16-year-olds questioned by NOP Research across the UK for MSN.\"
Small sample, large age range. And what does Microsoft have to gain by these results?
\"Youngsters\' reliance on the internet suggests fewer are heading to their local public library to do research. In the poll 25% said the net was their first port of call for help with homework.\"
The statement is probably true, but doesn\'t necessarily follow from the statistic. Just because students go to the Internet first doesn\'t mean they don\'t get to the library eventually.
I\'d really like to see more detailed results and a sample of the survey form on this one. Anybody have more substantial information available?
If you have a chance, find the article itself. It has some great information about how to read to a child that would be good to put on a poster or flyer (with copyright permission, of course). -- Read More
This Wired News Story came in by Quick Submit this afternoon. It appears that students are using the auction-based Google Answers website to buy homework answers and, in some cases, to attempt to buy entire term papers. Google seems to have a strong policy against this, but abusers sneak through the cracks.
The story includes several other links to recent stories about cheating and the Internet.
Charles Davis passed along This CSMonitor Story that asks, Why aren\'t children forging stronger connections with literature, despite a national emphasis on reading?
There\'s an abundance of good books out there, experts say, but children just don\'t seem to be connecting with them enough. Some blame the grown-ups and the disappearance of children\'s bookstores.
News From IA that says a second-grader at Gilbert Elementary School visited the Ames Public Library\'s bookmobile and checked out two R-rated movies during school hours this spring. They say the school\'s proposals to control what students could check out did not match the library\'s principle of unrestricted access to library materials. Library staff members are unwilling to prohibit access to books and materials
Straight Goods has The decline of small pleasures, an interesting look at how much reading children are doing these days. Statscan reported that well-off parents read to their children an average of four minutes a day, although they manage to squeeze in 82 minutes of TV-watching. The books kids are reading illustrate the reformulation of childhood into little more than preparation for “real life,” which has become synonymous with adulthood.
Bob Cox showed us This Washington Post Story on growing number
of parents who shudder at the books their children are asked to read -- tomes
they consider unsuitable because the words, structures or themes are simply
too difficult. Fueling the trend, experts say, is a growing emphasis on tougher academic
standards, not to mention some misguided teachers and overzealous parents.
They say Librarians see the trend and don\'t like it.
\"There are these yuppie parents who think: \'Oh my God, my child hasn\'t read
[Louis Sachar\'s] \"Holes\" yet. They are not going to get into a good prep
school and a good college and have a good life,\' which is ludicrous,\" said
Leslie Poyner, assistant professor of reading at the University of New