Wednesday, October 08, 2003

I think the ability to create a simple website is really a basic skill that should be offered to every child as part of his education. Now, I understand that not every child has a desire to even touch a computer. But for any kid who has the affinity for computers to want to play games, or surf the net, or send email, the option of being able to create one's own website would really be something they'd like!

There are so many times in life that I am glad I know how to do this - I can help groups I volunteer for, I can make my views known to others, I can promote my husband's business.

As time goes on, I am sure the internet will become even more vital to basic communication.

My 12-year-old son created a website a few years ago, using Geocities. You can see his site here:

Nick's Young Volunteer Page

For kids, I start by just giving them the basic HTML commands - I don't even get into tables until they've played around with text sizes and background images a bit. The next thing we tackle is adding images. Then we do tables.

It makes sense to take it slow, let them master one part of it that they can still have fun with, and move on to the next step only after the earlier step is fully understood.

There is some really great data on line about the subject of study that discusses this very concept: Scientology Handbook