Spotted this while starting a totally different task, but then that’s the joy of browsing – woops – I wasn’t browsing – ok the joy of getting distracted. Note to self – write down what I’m sitting down to do at the screen before I start power consuming info that is off topic. Now, where were we?
Oh yes – there I was getting ready to check out what kind of Child Online Privacy mechanisms are possible with Gmail and/or other email providers – we want to replace the existing Yahoo email that our kid uses ASAP. We are talking drop everything and find an engaging and age appropriate provider that is the polar opposite of Yahoo’s multiple, serious privacy and age inappropriate infractions. As the person who signed the kid up, I am willing to take some responsibility – I was bowing to peer pressure and thoughtlessness because so and so had also had a Yahoo account, was moving away and couldn’t we stay in touch this way? As the saying goes, that was THEN, this is NOW! Marks are imprinted on my forehead from all the ‘what was I thinking?’ blows.
So, discovered that if you open up a Google search landing page not already logged in to your existing account, waaaayyyy cool stuff displays. (popping the filter bubble – more on that another time) Below is Google’s text, but its spot on for Knowsaic’s approach:
“Have you asked a question today? What did you do with it?
Did it take you somewhere new? Did it bring you here?….
(blurb about life changing contest to enter….)
Geniuses are not always A-grade students. We welcome all mavericks, square-pegs and everybody who likes to ask questions. Simply upload your project here to win some life changing prizes.
Everyone has a question. What’s yours?”
So family – head over now to the Google Science Fair and see what this is all about. April 1, 2012 is the deadline for question development and project beginnings for and by the kids who have gotten parental consent and are between 13- 18 years old. Share with your kids, neighbors and school for a community based project.
PS – Let me know what happens next! Now back to my previously assigned project!