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carol@mirror.co.uk: PLAY AS YOU LEARN; Going online is fantastic passport to fun and learning for all the family Because the net isn't just for teenage tech-heads - it has something for mum, dad and even gran and grandad too. So log on to our pick of the sites - and have a great time.



MUM

www.handbag.com

IF she wants to know what's taking the catwalks by storm, find out the latest from Hollywood or get handy beauty tips - and she's already read the Daily Mirror - tell her to check out this great site.

It's got links to the best shopping sites on the net and dozens of music reviews and celebrity interviews to read. It's also very easy to navigate.

DAD

www.ultimatearcade.com

THIS fantastic collection of almost 100 computer games has a great selection of new ones and classics.

There's a wide range to play, from 80s favourites - such as Pacman, Space Invaders and Frogger - to the latest exciting additions to online gaming.

The brilliantly designed games rely heavily on Flash and Shockwave software, so they can take a while to load (especially if you have a slow, non-broadband connection).

TEENAGE BOY

www.nme.co.uk

MOST teenage lads are obsessed with music and they'll find the online version of the New Musical Express a joy to browse.

Here they'll find music news, reviews and interviews as well as pictures, competitions, video and radio clips and discographies.

Just in case they didn't get enough presents over Christmas, they can also buy music and concert tickets.

TEENAGE GIRL

www.imdb.com

DUBBED "earth's biggest movie database", this site covers everything teenage girls need to know about their big-screen heartthrobs.

As well as reviews of everything from box-office hits to obscure indie and foreign films, there is a marvellous search engine to help them get the low-down on hunks from Orlando Bloom to Colin Firth.

TODDLER

www.disney.com

HERE your nippers will find dozens of games to choose from starring Mickey and his friends.

If they click on ABC Kids on the Kids Island, they'll find great chasing, stacking and searching games.

If they visit the Family Fun section they'll see Boredom Busters in the shape of arts and crafts ideas, recipes, and simple games such as Toddler Alphabet.

There are stories and music from Disney Channel favourites Higglytown Heroes and activities galore from JoJo's Circus.

UNCLE

www.gameof3halves.com

THIS great rugby simulation game will see unc as likely to be attacked by a streaker or a sheep as a muscle-bound player.

Every game he wins earns a point for his nation on the leader board. Watch out Johnny Wilkinson - you've got competition.

AUNT

www.net-a-porter.com

THIS marvellous site is ideal for fashion junkies of all ages.

Tell auntie to try to forget the fact that she can buy haute couture here online (at haute couture prices) and tell her she can use the site to monitor the latest trends as they happen.

She can scour he up-and-coming spring fashions as dictated by the top designers, drool over Jimmy Choo shoe styles and get ideas for spicing up that old party frock in time for tonight's festivities.

GRANDMA

www.quizzing.co.uk

IF granny loves crosswords and quizzes, this is the place for her.

Not only will she find enough puzzles to keep her going for months - she'll also be able to get in touch with like-minded people.

There's also news about quizzes she can go to up and down the country. It will only take her a few seconds to register with the site - and doing so is free.

GRANDAD www.aardman.com

WHETHER it's Wallace And Gromit, Rex the Runt, Angry Kid or Creature Comforts - if grandad's a fan he'll find all he wants to know here.

Turn up the volume and he'll be jiving to the lively soundtrack, giggling at the numerous video clips, and chuckling as a weird variety of animals scoot across his screen.

The galleries are full of funny shots and there are games galore to keep him amused. Tell him he must try the egg throwing in Chicken Run.

EVERYBODY

http://play.games.com

THIS wonderful retro site specialises in those old family board games.

Click to play online Monopoly or Cluedo, and you can download classics including Battleships in The Arcade.
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