Dear Amy: Is it OK to talk to my teacher online? — Cassidi, Houston, Texas
Dear Cassidi: The Internet has opened up new ways of connecting with people. It makes keeping in touch with family and friends easier than ever, but it also raises some important issues. Emailing or messaging a teacher on a class message board can be a great way to get help on tough homework problems. What’s important is making sure you respect boundaries. Just as you wouldn’t call or visit a teacher at home, it’s not a good idea to send personal messages or add your teacher as a “friend” on any social networking site. If you do communicate with your teacher online, be sure to have a parent or guardian supervise. To learn more about Internet safety, visit 4kids.org/safesurf.
Dear Amy: Where can I find a fun learning website that’s appropriate for my age? — Skylar, Sierra Blanca, Texas
Dear Skylar: Many educational sites are great for kids of all ages, but others are best for a certain age group. Check out kids.gov to find learning sites organized by grade level and topic. Choose K-5 or 6-8, and then browse in the category you want. Have fun!
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