What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that AOL Kids is a free site loaded with all sorts of games, videos, pictures, quizzes, and more for kids. It's like a one-stop shop for kids' entertainment content. There are even some games and videos for preschoolers here, although that's not the main target audience. Signing up is not essential for access to most content, but if your kid wants a screen name for access to other features (like an email account, saving favorites, posting on message boards and more), parents may also want to get a screen name, in order to set parental controls on their kid's account so they cannot access 18+ AOL content.
Is it any good?
AOL KIDS has enough choices in videos and games to keep kids entertained for a very, very long time. The blog featuring athletes of the month and other kid-centric news is also a nice feature. If kids choose to get a screen name and use all the extra features associated with it -- and parents take a proactive role in setting parental controls -- this site may be a useful tool to gradually introduce tweens to more interactivity on the Internet. With their own email account, instant messaging, and the ability to post on message boards through a site with which they're already familiar, AOL Kids may provide a bridge before kids enter the broader world of social networking sites.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about setting screen time limits. This site has so much to offer, kids could easily get sucked in for hours without noticing how much time has passed.
Discuss your family's rules for when kids are mature enough to get an email account.