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    What do I show someone who's never used the internet?

    My 14 year old cousin is arriving at my place tomorrow to stay for a few weeks. Being from a backwater place of a third world country he hasn't really got a chance to use the internet, ever. All he knows about computers is how to bootup and shutdown one, and type up an essay on MS Word. Now, I do have some games and movies loaded up for him, but I also want to share with him the gems of the internet.

    I'm clueless about stuff that I should be showing to a 14 year old, things that arouse his interest in learning more about the world, things that fill him with wonder and curiosity, and am hoping you folks might be able to help me out. Recommendations for videos, games, websites, etcetra are welcome.

    Note that his grasp of english isn't all strong.

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    Wikipedia?
    YouTube?

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    I would say, for the educational aspect, wikipedia (assuming the translation in whatever language he speaks is decent)

    For the entertainment factor, youtube and stick to the fluff videos

    Whatever you do: avoid message boards.
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    I'd recommend http://geoguessr.com/
    It drops you in a unspecified location in streetview and you have to guess where you are. It's a fun game and a great way to visit a lot of new places through the computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shane View Post
    My 14 year old cousin is arriving at my place tomorrow to stay for a few weeks. Being from a backwater place of a third world country he hasn't really got a chance to use the internet, ever. All he knows about computers is how to bootup and shutdown one, and type up an essay on MS Word. Now, I do have some games and movies loaded up for him, but I also want to share with him the gems of the internet.

    I'm clueless about stuff that I should be showing to a 14 year old, things that arouse his interest in learning more about the world, things that fill him with wonder and curiosity, and am hoping you folks might be able to help me out. Recommendations for videos, games, websites, etcetra are welcome.

    Note that his grasp of english isn't all strong.
    If wikipedia have a site available in whatever his native language or a language he is strong in, show him that.

    Show him google maps. Like show him how he can look at where he lives and then how he could see all the land between his house and yours right down to your house on street view if available (I assume if he's in backwater 3rd world then Google might not have sent the car around his way, but if they have do his address too)

    Show him things that are actually useful and impressive. Show him that the internet is actually really useful.
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    Wikipedia sounds like an obvious choice, but I'd rather go for something that is more than just prose.

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    You all must be wonderful persons, because my first thoughts were porn and piracy. That's what a 14 year old would love.

    Show him the PC internet, then blow his mind with a tablet or a smartphone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SirKicksalot View Post
    You all must be wonderful persons, because my first thoughts were porn and piracy. That's what a 14 year old would love..
    Showing a 14-year old Porn is one of those things that, depending on the country, can get you thrown in prison and/or murdered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gundato View Post
    Showing a 14-year old Porn is one of those things that, depending on the country, can get you thrown in prison and/or murdered.
    Yeah - I still remember when I first saw the internet, which consisted of being sat down in my university's IT lab, having Google explained to us and then left to get on with it. I can still feel that "Holy shit" moment when I actually twigged how it worked, and how much freedom I'd suddenly been handed, but I was a relatively IT-literate 18-year-old - I wouldn't dare do anything like that with a kid today if I was in the OP's position and I'm still a little dumbfounded they let us loose as it was. Simpler times, I guess.
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    Show him Steam. And some Steam's game forum. That will educate him in certain aspects of human interaction. Or it will not.

    Alternatively... you could show him this, or something on Flickr, or... something. And the above mentioned suggestions.

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    http://anasomnia.com/ but you will need internet camera for light detection. For me this is the best internet site ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jesus_Phish View Post
    Show him google maps.
    You can simplify it further. Show him Google. Showing him is one thing, but letting him experience the mass of it is, I think, a wonderful idea to show just how big this juggernaut is.
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    Videos of cats and 4chan.

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    Whatever you do don't show him this place.

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    Show him 3D graphics in 1080p video, one of those engine demos coming from GDC. Also a livestreaming from Ukraine or Taiwan or whatever other place stuff is happening this days. Google street view, skype with someone, play a simple online chess (or equivalent). Basically make him see a communicated world.

    And cats. Cats are mandatory. Fun is part of society too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The JG Man View Post
    You can simplify it further. Show him Google. Showing him is one thing, but letting him experience the mass of it is, I think, a wonderful idea to show just how big this juggernaut is.
    this...
    give a fish vs teach how to fish.

    if he gets to understand the concept of google and how internet operates then he can embark on the journey on his own.


    but isn't it a cruel thing to do. he is going to go back to his backward place right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukasz View Post
    but isn't it a cruel thing to do. he is going to go back to his backward place right?
    I thought the same thing too.

    It might inspire him though to do his best and study hard, educate himself and be successful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukasz View Post
    but isn't it a cruel thing to do. he is going to go back to his backward place right?
    I plant to hand over my old pc to him as well.

    Also, any site to play any small-ish flash games? Is Miniclip still the site to go to for those?

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    One answer: I still think one of the best things about The World Wide Web is that no matter how obscure and inscrutable your interest, someone has almost certainly written something about it on a dusty ol' web page. If you can find such pages then you can enjoy knowing that other people think about that thing too, and if you cannot find *any* pages about it, then you can feel even more like a unique snowflake than you did before.

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