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Give a person a fish, and you feed them for a day. Teach a person how to fish, and you feed them for a lifetime. – Chinese Proverb
After answering most of your child’s questions they will begin to say, “My Daddy is so smart.” And you are but let them in on your little secret. The internet is a tool future generations will use for years to come. When your child is the appropriate age to use the internet show them how to find what they are looking for online. Google is the most popular search engine on the internet. Google offers web search help and below are some of the guidelines for better searches.
1. Every word matters – all the words in your search will be used so be careful about what you include. For instance if you want to go to Sea World in Florida then enter “Sea World Florida” and not just “Sea World”.
2. Keep it simple – The same applies if you have all the information for Sea World you don’t have to Google “Sea World Orlando Florida Vacation”, think K.I.S.S. – Keep it Simple Stupid.
3. Think how the page you are looking for will be written – If you want to just check out a vacation special Sea World is running like buy 3 nights get 2 free package then search “buy 3 nights get 2 nights free sea world” There is no need to include the, in, and or of type words.
4. Describe what you need with as few terms as possible – Getting ready to leave for the trip and want to know the weather? Google “weather orlando” instead of “weather report for orlando florida”. You’ll receive far better results.
5. Choose descriptive words – Try using specific and unique words for you searches. For example: “sea world packages” will give you far better results than “sea world getaways”.
If you are worrisome about your child surfing the web with all the adult content or harsh language you’ll have to monitor their activity. Google products are intended for adults only and are restriction for underage users. In other words, just don’t tell the kids: “search for the answer on Google.” You’ll still have to monitor their searches, but it helps them to use a great tool and learn how to look up information on their own.