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The Internet

What can you do on the Internet?

  • browse websites [website: a web page or group of web pages hosted on one web server and viewed in a web browser ]
  • send and receive email [email: electronic mail - a message written or typed on a computer and sent electronically rather than by post ]
  • download [download: the transfer of a file or files from one computer connected to the Internet to another ] media files, eg Mp3s or video files
  • watch streamed [stream: delivery of data as and when it's needed rather than all at once, eg a streaming video downloads as it's watched rather than in advance ] video, eg BBC iPlayer, YouTube etc
  • check your bank balance and make payments
  • buy goods from online shops
  • access educational material from your school’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
  • create, store, edit and share your documents using web-based applications [web-based application: an application that runs within a web browser ], eg Google Docs
  • interact with friends on social networking [social networking: the act of building or furthering existing friendships and relationships in an online setting ] sites, eg Bebo, MySpace, Facebook etc
  • write a blog [blog: an online publication written by an individual or a group of individuals that covers a subject of their choosing ]
  • sign-up to forums [forum: also known as a message board, a platform for exchanging written messages with other users, a place for discussion ] and discuss topics that interest you with like-minded individuals
  • game with friends
  • instant message family and friends
  • share photos and videos
  • complete free tutorials covering a wide range of subjects

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