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Family Resource Centre Internet Guide

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Purpose of this Guide:

The purpose of this guide to using the Internet is to introduce members of Family Resource Centres from around Atlantic Canada to the Internet and the power it has to offer.

This guide was made possible through a combined effort of Health Canada and the Chebucto Community Net in order to provide Internet Training to participants in the Community Action Program for Children (CAPC), Canada's Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP), and the Aboriginal Head Start Program (AHS) in Atlantic Canada. The objectives of this program are outlined in a Press Release from February 2, 1998.

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What is the Internet?

The Internet is a great constellation of computers scattered across the globe. They are connected to one another through information data lines. Data lines are similar to phone lines but have much greater capacity, so that the information data can flow very quickly.

This connection of computers creates an enormous global network. Anyone with access to this network can retrieve information on it.

The Internet can also be used as a wonderful communication tool letting those with access keep in touch with one another, no matter how far apart they are!

What can I find there?

The Internet contains vast amounts of information on almost any topic you can imagine. Using the appropriate Internet tools you can access these pools of information almost instantly. This makes the Internet a very powerful and useful medium. Information on the Internet can be quickly searched, allowing you to quickly zero-in on topics that interest you.

How do I use it?

The way which you connect to the Internet will vary depending on the resources available to you and your choice of technology. There are, however, two general methods of access. These are text (words displayed on your screen) or graphical (pictures displayed on your screen).

Which method you chose will determine what you see on your computer screen. With a graphical interface you will be able to see graphics, hear sound and view films or animations (depending on the capabilities of your computer). You will also be able to use pointing devices like a mouse or trackball.

Using a text interface you will not be able to see all of these things. However, the important thing to bear in mind is that in both cases you are accessing the same information. Only the way in which you view it is different.

How do I get started?

The Internet has a number of different services which can help you communicate and retrieve information. Follow the links below to learn more about some of the important ones. Don't be afraid - just jump in and get started! We promise it won't hurt a bit!

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