The Internet has turned into an amazing resource for both adults and children alike to soak in all kinds of information. While there are a lot of fun and educational sites out there for children, there are also a lot of inappropriate sites that children could easily come across. That’s why as parents, it’s important to monitor what your kids are doing online. Thankfully there are all kinds of sites that help you monitor the material that your children see and provide a place where they can go to learn and play safely. Today we’ll be covering three fantastic sites for kids!
Formerly known as Yahooligans!, Yahoo! Kids is a place for the youngest of Yahoo users to go to where they can find age-appropriate material. Some of it is educational while other material is there so that children can have fun. The most important part about Yahoo Kids is that all content is approved by the Yahoo staff to make sure that it is appropriate. Out of all of the children’s sites out there, this is one of my favorites because of the quality and the quantity of content available.
Here’s what your kids will be able to do while at Yahoo! Kids:
- Play Games – there are all kinds of games just for kids ranging from word games to card games. They are all divided into categories across the top of the page and Yahoo features a few games each day and continues to add new ones.
- Music – learn about artists, and watch kid-appropriate music videos. They also have music news, and quizzes that are about artists kids are into like Miley Cyrus or Raven Symone.
- Movies – while you can’t actually watch movies, you can learn about movies that are coming soon or read up on some of your favorites. There’s an AtoZ list of movies where you can go read about what it’s about before buying or renting it.
- Ask Earl – this is more educational than anything and gives kids the opportunity to Ask Earl a question! Earl answers some of them and then they’re posted for all to see. So far he’s answered over 1,500 questions so there’s a lot to learn. An example question is, “How many bones are in a giraffe’s neck?”
- Jokes – here’s where you’ll find jokes that kids will love like… Q. What color is a burp? A. Burple. Jokes are divided into categories as well.
- Sports – View videos of kids playing sports, play sports games, view sports jokes, or ask Earl a sports questions. The sports section is, well, all about sports
- Ecards – a place where kids can send their friends and family kid-related cards
- Horoscope – kids friendly horososcopes!
If you live in the United States, you’re probably familiar with PBS. It’s the TV station I watched as a young kid to see Big Bird on Sesame Street. PBS actually has a great site for kids at http://pbskids.org. They offer all kinds of activities and color pages that kids can print out. Other activities include:
- Music – all kinds of songs are available to listen to (you will need Real Player) including Mr. Roger’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”
- Games – most of the games require Flash and at first glance it appears as though the games are for the younger children. My only suggestion is that they should include the ages that the games are appropriate for.
They also have a drop-down list of all the different shows that are on PBS and there are different activities for each. Additionally, they have a personalized learning service called PBS Kids Play which is in beta. It offers “fun, educational games covering a comprehensive curriculum.”
Fact Monster is a great place to send kids when they come and say “I’m Bored.” There they’ll find all kinds of fun facts and articles. They also have a Homework Center and a place to play games and take quizzes. Here’s a quick run-down of all that Fact Monster offers:
- “Ask the Fact Monster”
- Math Games/Flashcards
- Sudoku and Tic Tac Toe
- Information on arts and living, sports, math, science, and history
- Reference sources like an encyclopedia, dictionary, almanacs, and an atlas
Have a site that your kids love? Let us know in the comments below!