Motherboard Books’ e-book Let’s Make a Web Page! uses the Coffee Cup drag-and-drop software (a free trial is available). It takes kids step-by-step through the process of creating a Web page using HTML (hyper text markup language). It’s written so kids can work on their own (we love independent learning at our house!) at their own pace. It can be used over and over again, so if you’ve got a budding computer programmer, she can make multiple Web pages. If you’re worried about your kids surfing through the unprotected waters of the Internet, you can download the Coffee Cup software yourself and have your kids do all their work on your computer without being connected to the Internet. They can do all the work but not actually publish the page to the Web if that is an issue for you. If the Web page does get published, no personal information has to be floating out on public waters.
It’s geared for ages eight through twelve, although it’s appropriate for older kids, too. My thirteen year old had a blast making her own Web page. My ten year old got frustrated quickly, but the extent of her Internet interest is Webkinz. I think I’m going to make her try again when we have more time to devote to it (or when her big sister is feeling in a helpful mood . . .).
The 60-page How to Make a Web Page e-book costs $19.99, which is a special introductory price (will be $29.99). It includes a 30-day money-back guarantee. Included in your purchase is a FREE Internet scavenger hunt. What a great way for kids to learn how to build a Web page and navigate safely around the Internet!