If your homeschooled student has their own computer, I highly recommend installing the free SiteAdvisor browser plug in for IE or Firefox. SiteAdvisor will “advise” you if it thinks a site is safe. It is especially helpful for viewing results of google searches.
Download it for free from www.siteadvisor.com
If your homeschooled student is interested in creating web pages, check out NVU (www.nvu.com). There are versions for Windows, Linux, and Mac. This is free, open source software that is well worth trying.
One feature I really like is the ability to import an existing web page.
The program lets you quickly switch between four “views”: “normal”, html tags, source code, and preview.
If you or your child want to get started with web authoring, give NVU a try.
I was recently on the phone with a Verizon wireless customer service representative. He told me that even when my cell phone reads “No Service”, which is actually quite common where I live, that 911 will still work. I don’t see how this could be but he assured me that it was a new feature that they were instructed to tell every customer that called in. I don’t really want to test it to find out for sure.
Possibly more useful is the service “Free 411”. Simply call the toll free number (1/800-FREE411), listen to a short ad lasting ten seconds or so, and get the desired phone number for free.
You do know that you should be running an up-to-date antivirus program, and that there are good freeware alternatives if you don’t want to pay for one, right?
One that I have used is Avast (www.avast.com).
If you’re surfing unprotected, it’s well worth a look.