What is the internet?

The internet is made of computers connected to each other around the world.

Words and pictures can be sent from one computer to another. You can look at words and pictures from a computer on the other side of the world.

When you use websites and some apps, you are using the internet.

Watch this video to find out more about how the internet works.

What things can connect to the internet?

Many things can connect to the Internet. For example:

  • Watches - New smart watches can connect to the Internet by using a mobile phone or WiFi network.
Illustration of a watch for Learning, Schools, Teachers, KS1 computing
  • Books - Paper books cannot connect to the Internet but new ‘e-book’ tablets can, to download books, magazines and newspapers.
Illustration of a book for Learning, Schools, Teachers, KS1 computing
  • Cameras - Many new digital cameras can connect to the Internet via WiFi. They make it easy for you to share your photos on websites.
Illustration of a camera for Learning, Schools, Teachers, KS1 computing
Cartoon character holding a phone which is connected to other communicative devices across the world