Accessing information online
Tap the Chrome icon to open up the internet. Chrome will be your browser (a programme to present and explore the World Wide Web). The icon will look like this:
This will open up your browser homepage, which we have set to Google search engine. The little white bar underneath the logo is where you want to type in what you are searching for. Tapping it once will bring up a keyboard which will enable you to start typing whatever it is that you want to search for. In this case, we will be searching for “NHS inform” then clicking go on the right-hand side of the keyboard.
This will then bring up a list of websites that Google has found with similar keywords to what you have searched. The top result is often the correct website but sometimes, the top link can be sponsored (i.e. somebody has paid Google to make it appear first) so be careful not to always click the first link.
The official link will most likely start with https:// although not all websites do, especially not for smaller organisations & places.
In this case, we are looking for https://www.NHSinform.scot so click on that link.
You are now on the webpage that you would like to find. Try swiping your finger from the bottom of the screen upwards, to scroll through everything on the page. You can click on any of the words at the top of the page, to go on to a different part of the page but remember, if you click by accident, you can always use the back button to go back a page!
If you have a website written down that you would like to visit, type it into the address bar at the top of your screen. It should look like this:
Be very careful with spelling as even one misplaced letter will prevent it from working!
Every time you come across an interesting link, bookmark it. Even if you are not sure how exactly the link is important, bookmark it anyway. A link can easily be deleted from bookmarks, but stumbling upon an especially useful link does not happen every day. To bookmark a webpage, simply press the little star on the right-hand side off the address bar. If it goes blue, you’ve done it.