March Holiday Assignment- Web Search


So the news is out: you have no composition or comprehension exercise to do over the holidays. What you need to do is to help your class prepare for the upcoming inter-class debates. The reading you do will also help you prepare for the theme that we will be  covering in term 2.

The topic is juvenile crime. Specifically, we are going to explore the question of whether stricter punishment is the best way to deal with young people who get onto the wrong side of the law.

I have given you a list of questions to answer, and unless you are some sort of crime expert (the kind that studies crime, not the kind that commits it!) you are going to need to do some research. I will upload here some links you could make use of, but do be aware of the following:

  • There is a lot of information out there. Don’t limit yourself to the sites I have pointed you to.
  • To do a search, you need to know what your keywords are. In this case, ‘juvenile crime’ works pretty well, as does ‘statistics on juvenile crime’,  ‘punishment for juvenile crime’ and even ‘young people committing crime’.
  • Once you have done some reading, you will be familiar with more words that are used in the area of juvenile crime. Keying those into your favourite search engine (I always use Google) will turn up even more detailed information for you.
  • Be careful. Sometimes sites that seem perfectly safe can link you to unsafe sites. The search for knowledge often throws light on the good as well as the bad. I do not believe that the answer is to hide from all information. The answer, I feel, lies in developing your ability to discriminate between helpful and harmful information.
  • If you have any doubts about what is safe or useful, do e-mail me at I will be happy to check out the site for you and help you with it.
  • Each site has its own agenda- its own message that it is trying to put across. Just because it is published online does not mean that it is true, or that you are getting the whole picture. You must get as much information as possible to get a balanced perspective.

There are many other things I would like to warn you about, but these are the most important for now, and I am afraid that if I put too much information up here, you may get confused. If you have any questions at all, e-mail me. I will check my mail at least once a day.

Now here are the links. Remember: net safety is your responsibility.

These are mainly sites based in information from Singapore and the US. There is one based on China. There are many other countries you could look at. Don’t take the path of least resistance. A healthy dose of curiosity and persistence is the hallmark of the successful reasearcher.

Good luck!

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