“It’s really important for kids to know how to use computers because both computers and children are the future,” said 28-year-old Charm eon Smith, a resident of the project who recently landed a job as an assistant at the center. Smith, who hopes to start a computer business Property valuation controls for children some day, is an alumni of the Los Angeles Housing Authority’s job training program.

Residents will be offered skills training such as personalized General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation, office skills training and ESL support at the centers, each of which will be equipped with a minimum of seven PCs and two printers. The centers also will offer tutorial programs for children in subjects ranging from math and reading to science and computers.

“We want to give our residents the opportunity to take part in the 21st century,” said Ozie Gonzaque, chairman of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles Board of Commissioners. “These centers meet the needs of children and help train adults in a full multimedia approach.

Home entertainment isn’t just TV and the stereo anymore, according to the latest Internet-user survey by Georgia Tech University. More than half of all World Wide Web users plug into the Internet from home where most — more than 80 percent — browse for pleasure and more than a third check out the Web instead of watching television at least once a day.

The fifth such study by Georgia Tech, the copyrighted survey is purported to be the largest overview of Internet activity in the world, this year garnering more than 11,000 responses from the United States and Europe.

In addition to collecting demographic and lifestyle data, this year’s survey expanded into political and privacy questions.

It found that Web users are politically active, with more than 92 percent of those surveyed registered to vote and 60 percent voters in the most recent elections in their respective countries. More than 50 percent of World Wide Web users consider themselves moderate or independent liberal voters. Interestingly, more than 40 percent said they had become more politically active since hooking up to the Internet.

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