Internet Facts for Kids – 5 Incredible Facts about Internet

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Lots of people can’t live without internet. Let’s learn five incredible Internet facts for kids.

Internet Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: ARPANET Was The First form of Internet

In 1958, President Dwight D. Eisenhower formed the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA).  The U.S. government, businesses, scientists and colleges all worked together to make a system that would let computers across the United States share information with one another. Together they created the early form of the Internet called ARPANET in 1969. One of its aims was to help American military technology stay ahead of its enemies. In 1971 electronic mail, better known by its nickname, e-mail, was invented as a way to send a message from one computer to another.

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Internet Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: Sir Tim Berners-Lee Invented The World Wide Web

Berners-Lee began his career as a computer software designer and he worked at CERN, a physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. While at CERN, Berners-Lee worked on a computer system that would allow different computers to communicate with each other and that would allow people to share and retrieve results with each other at any time using the Internet. He made this idea into a reality and in 1989, he created the software for the World Wide Web, or www, changing how we use the internet.

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Internet Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: Vinton Cerf Invented The Name “Internet”

Computer scientists Vinton Cerf and Bob Khan are responsible for inventing the internet communication protocols we use today, back in 1974. Cerf and Kahn developed a set of guidelines for transferring data using packet switching, which is the process of transferring pieces of data across different networks. These guidelines are  Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and Internet Protocol (IP). Each computer has a specific serial number called an IP address so that it can be easily recognised. Cerf and Kahn’s guidelines laid out the foundation for a web of interconnected networks. Cerf came up with the word internet by combining the two words “interconnected” and “network” together.

Internet Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Everything Online Is Available to The Public

The internet is used by everyone and everything on the internet is available for the public to view. For this reason, it is so important that you don’t post anything about yourself online. Your name, address and phone number should always be kept private. It is also very hard to permanently delete something off the internet. If you put something on the internet you should expect that it will be up there forever. Parts of the internet can be blocked by some governments. For example, the internet is blocked in North Korea, this means that the people living here have no access to the internet that we use.

Internet Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: The Internet Has many Services

The Internet is used for many things, such as communication through emails, online chats and zoom calls. It is also a source of entertainment as people can play endless games on the internet. The internet is also a great source of information. If you have a question about anything, it is more than likely that the internet will have the answer for you. Thanks to the internet we have a fountain of  knowledge at our fingertips instantly.  

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We hope you enjoyed learning more things about internet as much as we loved teaching you about it. Now that you know how majestic this technology is, you can move on to learn about other technologies like: AI, Robotics, Computer and Java.

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