Childnet International has released the shortlist of 12 top education websites from which it will pick the winners of the 2003 Cable and Wireless Childnet Awards. The awards, in their sixth year, are designed to promote safe and positive internet use. There are four categories: individual; schools; not-for-profit; and new to the net.
Already an award-winning UK site, Bonjour is a French-language service for all secondary learners and teachers of French, created by Colchester teacher Stephane Derone.
Want to learn about cartoons and animation? Kidzdom, created by Andrew Fei in Australia, is a lively place to start.
Harry Potter is a highly motivating influence for young people, and there's a wealth of information at the Daily Prophet site, run by Heather Lawver in the US.
The environmental issues of climate change are explored at Sarah Bowler's Cool Kids for a Cool Climate (UK).
If you are interested in inclusion and creativity, the Priory Woods School website (UK) is a must.
It may be an Italian site, but the vibrant Liceo Classico "Duni", Matera, has plenty for the international visitor.
Interested in home-school links? Canada's Willougby Elementary School puts theory into practice.
WebPlay is an opportunity for Year 4 pupils in London to collaborate with friends at El Sereno Elementary School, Los Angeles.
You don't have to be in hospital to learn from the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital website. But if you are it would be a tremendous help.
Young people can discuss almost any issue in their own space at Save the Children's YouthNoise site (USA)
New to the net
Helping young people to connect to the international community is one way in which iEARN Sierra Leone is helping them overcome the traumas of war and violence.
Three teenagers in Egypt and the US have developed YoungBiznet.com to support others wanting to start their own businesses.
The winners of the Cable and Wireless Childnet Awards 2003 will be announced at a presentation at the Science Museum, London, on April 24.