“…that man behind the curtain.”

I was surfing around the internet today, looking for English as a Second Language activities to use in my classes, when I came across a website whose big heading said: “Elementary School EFL ESL Games – Perfect for students in Nicaragua!” This immediately made my heart jump, thinking that I had stumbled across a treasure-trove of extremely relevant activities designed just for my context. I clicked on the ‘Nicaragua’ link to open in a new tab while I scrolled down the page. It turned out to be a site advertising a book or video that you had to buy through the website, which was disappointing, but what really surprised me was what I found when I went to the tab that had opened in the background. I had been hoping that it would link to a page with more Nicaragua resources. Instead, it brought me to a page advertising a service that will insert whatever country name corresponds to the IP address that’s accessing the site! I had been duped! The only consolation I had was that I had gotten a peek behind the curtain. The jig was up with this little self-promotional link that the service provider snuck onto the website. Lesson learned? Don’t be fooled by the internet!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Elaine Stecker-Kochanski on May 20, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    and watch out for a virus….Elaine


  2. Posted by Mom on May 22, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Your illustration is perfect for this comment! Too many hidden wizards pulling strings.


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