Learn to speak "WebSite".
If you have a budding techie in your brood, the W3SCHOOLS ONLINE SITE provides extensive, all-you-need-to-know, free lessons with interactive features and quizzes to test proficiency.
For my own part, my skills are fairly limited, but they've paid off in their own way. For Mother's Day this year, I built two webpages - one for my mother and one for my MIL. They were essentially slide shows with fading images, set to music, with family pictures and quotes, going with the theme, "Why we love *name*!"
Last fall, I surprised my children one morning with an online treasure hunt. I built several pages that linked to games and other fun sites and they had to work their way through them by solving puzzles and finding the links.
My children also have their own homepages - not for others, but for themselves. They say, "Hello, *name*! Where would you like to go today?" and have links to sites I have pre-approved. They start from these pages whenever they go online.
In any case, check out the W3School - it's a remarkable site and could easily be used as a credited computer course for high schoolers.
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