Websites That Will Enlighten and Entertain You - Issue 13

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Are you concerned about the time your child spends on the internet? Many parents are. It seems to be addictive, with kids - and adults spending hours and hours surfing the net or spending time on their favorite social media sites. But the internet has many, many Web sites that offer opportunities to learn and explore a vast array of topics. Each month I post a new list of fascinating Web sites that you may not knew existed.

Just check back every month to find the new list of interesting Web sites I found for you. Some are for young children, some are for older kids, and some are for adults. All of them can provide opportunities for fun and education, and many of them can be used  by parents who homeschool or who want to supplement the education their kids get in school. Follow me on Twitter and like my Facebook page, too. You'll be informed when the list is ready and posted!

10 Websites for the Wannabe Psychologist

When I was a teenager, I was fascinated by human behavior and what led people to behave as they did. (That explains my undergraduate degree in psychology.) If the internet had been around back then, I would have loved this page. It's very simple - just a list with links for ten Web sites that will help readers learn about human behavior. You can learn about flaws in reasoning, "tricks" to find out what's going on in your brain, ways to explore self delusion, and more.

One site that is linked to is one that allows you to see how people judge you based on first impressions. You upload a picture of yourself and visitors make a decision on how introverted or extroverted you are and how smart (or dense) you are. You can also "judge" others based on their photo and see how your judgment matches those of others.

What a great introduction to first impressions!

24 Of The Cutest Parenting Moments In The Animal Kingdom

Do animals have the same emotions humans have? The jury is pretty much still out on that question, although scientists to agree that many animal species do have some kind of emotions. It's just that animal and human emotions are different. If you look at the photos on this Web page, however, you will be certain that the animals are being just like human parents, feeling just what human parents are feeling. But that is called anthropomorphizing or attributing human traits and feelings to animals. Still, these photos of animal parenting moments will have you and your child saying, "Awww. That's so cute!"  It's a good start to a lesson on human and animal emotions.

15 pretty cool websites you should check out

This Web site is like getting fifteen for one. I give you this one page, but you get fifteen interesting sites to visit. The fourth one in the list is a really interesting one for anyone interested in the coding of Web sites.

Go to the site and you see a black white page. But then typing appears. Then the typing becomes coding, which then changes the appearance of the page. You'll see changes in the background and font color, in the text box size and much more, depending on how long you want to watch. If your child is interested in coding, it can be both fun and informative to watch. Even if your child isn't particularly interested in learning coding, it's a nice little lesson on just what goes on "behind the scenes" of the Web sites we visit. Another site on this list is one that automatically creates a meal plan for a specific diet goal. That's a good way to teach your child something about healthy eating. And how about a map of the Internet?

Rhetorical Fallacies

Do you have a debater in your house. a child who loves to argue and debate everything? If so, this is a great Web site to visit. It may be a bit too much for the little ones, but older kids might appreciate it. It is important, probable more today than ever, to understand logical fallacies. These are either errors in the way people reason or deliberate attempts to manipulate others. If we want to avoid being manipulated, then we definitely want to understand what these fallacies are so that we can recognize them. They include appeals to the mind (i.e. appeal to ignorance), appeals to emotions (i.e. appeal to fear), faulty deduction (i.e. hasty generalization), manipulating content (i.e. false dilemma), garbled cause and effect (i.e. circular logic), and attacks (i.e. ad hominems), These can be the start of a great lesson on faulty reasoning.

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