There is no shortage of websites for children. In May 2009, approximately 16 million children aged 2 to 11 years (9.5% of all online users) were reported to spend an average of 11 hours online (Nielsen Online, July 6, 2009). These data represent a 63% increase in time spent online in young children since 2004. The purposes of this On the Web article are to provide a brief overview of online safety for children, review quality criteria relevant to children’s sites, and provide examples of high-quality health sites just for kids. And if you have Internet search experience and are between the ages of 55 to 76 years, then you in particular should keep reading! The findings of a recent study suggest that Internet searching can improve brain function, especially the abilities of a middle-aged or older adult to make decisions and process new information (Small, Moody, Siddarth, & Bookheimer, 2009).
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