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    1. 1. Internet Basics for Mom and Dad September 2006 Instructor: Jen Gal, Youth Services Librarian
    2. 2. Welcome <ul><li>Welcome to the Hamilton Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>We have 24 locations around the city and a huge collection of books, CDs, movies and magazines that are free to borrow with a library card </li></ul><ul><li>You can access library information and resources from our website: </li></ul>
    3. 3. Purpose of Workshop <ul><li>By the end of this session you will be able to: </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the basics of using the internet </li></ul><ul><li>Find websites using URLs </li></ul><ul><li>Find websites using search engines </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Internet <ul><li>The Internet is a global computer communications network which serves to inter connect many other net works. </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian Internet Handbook </li></ul><ul><li>Networks provide pathways for exchanging files and information </li></ul><ul><li>Websites: multimedia “pages” which we download and view on our computer </li></ul>
    5. 5. Review of the Mouse <ul><li>The mouse is essential for moving around the screen and for selecting where you want to go </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that the mouse lies flat on the desk’s surface or mouse pad </li></ul><ul><li>You move the cursor or arrow around on your screen using the left button of the mouse </li></ul><ul><li>You also select links by clicking the left button </li></ul><ul><li>Here’s a little golden rule to keep in mind: </li></ul><ul><li>LEFT is always RIGHT </li></ul><ul><li>Always click the left mouse button </li></ul>
    6. 6. Review of the Mouse <ul><li>Practice: </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul>
    7. 7. Windows <ul><li>When you open a file or web page, you have opened a “window.” If you open other files of web pages, these cover the ones already open and hide them, but the others are still there underneath. You move between them by “minimizing,” “maximizing” and “closing” them. Look at the symbols in the top right corner of the window. </li></ul>To minimize a screen click on the minimize button (-) To maximize a screen click on the maximize button To close a screen click on the X button
    8. 8. Scrolling There are 3 ways to scroll through a webpage Click on the down and up arrows on the right hand side of the screen Click and drag the rectangle between the two arrows Use the down and up arrows on your keyboard 1 2 3
    9. 9. Elements of a Webpage Address Box MenuBar Website Search Box Title Bar Tool Bar Active Links
    10. 10. Tool Bar Buttons <ul><li>BACK Go back one screen </li></ul><ul><li>FORWARD Return to a previous screen </li></ul><ul><li>STOP Stop your computer from loading a webpage </li></ul><ul><li>REFRESH Click if a page is taking too long to load </li></ul><ul><li>HOME The first page loaded when you open your Internet browser </li></ul><ul><li>SEARCH Find a list of popular search engines </li></ul><ul><li>FAVOURITES Bookmark your favourite websites so you can return to them without searching </li></ul>
    11. 11. Search Engines <ul><li>A search engine is a program which allows you to search for specific information on the Internet using keywords </li></ul>
    12. 12. Search Engines <ul><li>Search engines also have other tools that are useful in finding information, such as’s translation tool </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    13. 13. E-mail <ul><li>What is email? </li></ul><ul><li>Sending and receiving electronic messages from one computer to another </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail addresses </li></ul><ul><li>User names are always unique </li></ul><ul><li>You can choose any user name if it has not been taken by someone else </li></ul><ul><li>Domain name Suffixes: .com .net .org .ca </li></ul><ul><li>example – </li></ul>
    14. 14. E-mail <ul><li>Two Kinds of e-mail </li></ul><ul><li>“ Regular” e-mail: accessible only from your own computer, fee-based </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based e-mail: accessible from any computer connected to the Web, free </li></ul><ul><li>Web-based e-mail </li></ul><ul><li>There are many free web-based e-mail sites </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    15. 15. Resources for Parents <ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>see handout for many more resources! </li></ul>
    16. 16. Questions?