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Jake and Jackie Learn About Internet Safety



Jake and Jackie Learn About Internet Safety
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.25

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    activities-posting, barstool, hookup, immodest, thot, wireless, emails, inappropriate, temptation, communication, desktop, relationship, based, smiley, reading, text


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Jake and Jackie Learn About Internet Safety
By Beth Beutler
  

1     Jake really enjoyed computers. Jake played strategy games on the computer and had recently found a website where he could compete with people around the world. He used the Internet to do research for his homework. He also used instant messaging and to connect with a few friends. Jackie, for example, had an instant messenger too, and he could tell when she was online. They enjoyed typing messages back and forth to each other.
 
2     Jake was getting frustrated because his parents wouldn't let him have a computer in his room. He had to use the desktop in their large kitchen or their home office. Even if he used the family laptop, he had to be in a family room. The laptop was not allowed in the bedrooms.
 
3     "I don't know why we even have a wireless connection in our house," he typed to Jackie. "I could easily take the laptop into my bedroom, but my parents won't let me."
 
4     "Why don't you ask your parents about it?" Jackie typed back.
 
5     Just then, Jake's dad walked over to the desk.
 
6     "What are you doing?" he asked.
 
7     "I'm instant messaging with Jackie," Jake replied. Jake decided to ask his dad about the rules in the house.
 
8     "Dad, how come I can't have the laptop in my bedroom?"
 
9     "Well, Jake," Dad said as he leaned on the bar stool by the breakfast bar. "The Internet is a wonderful thing. It is full of great information, resources, and fun. It has opened up a whole new world of communication with people that didn't exist before the 1990s. But with opportunities like this, you also have to be cautious."

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