Internet: The world of connected computers. A world wide system of millions of computers that are connected together in a network.
Cyberspace: The world that connects computers with the Internet. When you send an e-mail to friends it goes through cyberspace to reach them.
Internet address: Just like your home address, this group of letters and numbers takes your computer to a specific place on the Internet. It usually looks like www.google.com
URL (Uniform Resource Locator): This is just another way to say Internet address. The URL for Pearl Ridges's website is pearlrid.k12.hi.us
Web site: A place you visit on the Internet that has stuff to see and read. Some web sites have fun and useful information, but some are not safe. Your parents can help you find good web sites.
Hyperlink:A quick way to get to another page or site by clicking on a button or word.
Instant Messaging (IM): Messages you can exchange back and forth with a friend through a special program. It's like a private chat room.
Chatroom (or chatroom): A place to "talk by typing" to other people in the chat room. But, be careful! People are not always who they say they are in the chat rooms. Never give your personal information like your name, address, phone number, or the name of your school to anyone in chat rooms.
E-mail (electronic mail): A letter you send through cyberspace. People love e-mail because it's almost instant and doesn't take any stamps!
Username: A name you choose to use for yourself when you're on the Internet. It identifies you without telling strangers your real name.
Screen name:Your username in a chat room. A screen name should never say who you really are or give any personal information.
SPAM:Junk mail sent to your e-mail box that is usually advertising something. Don't open or respond to SPAM because it can cause problems for you computer.
Virus (computer virus): A hidden computer program that sneaks into your computer through e-mail or the Internet. Viruses can really hurt your computer, and you can accidentally send them on to other people without even knowing it! To help keep viruses off your computer, don't open e-mails from people you don't know.