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Don't just read about the world, explore it!

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Encourages learning about the world through interesting articles and interactive games.

Violence

Stories of shark attacks and natural disasters are mentioned, but do not give explicit details.

Sex

Contains an article about puberty where informative facts and counsel are provided.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Kids will be tempted to buy merchandise, especially with the bold "shop" link at the top of the page.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The site only collects personally identifiable information from users who enter contests, wish to receive newsletters, or purchase products. This information is shared with third parties for marketing purposes, to protect users from fraud, or if required to do so by law. Also, personal information is not collected form users who are under 13.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Discovery Kids is an educational site that encourages discovering all the world has to offer. Articles cover topics about natural disasters, growing up, machines, continents, space, and much more. An activities page provides interactive ideas for recipes, making crafts, designing clothes, and experimenting with science. Games are age appropriate, challenging, and educational, and the online puzzles are fun and entertaining. Parents should know that some games ask for a user name and email address. Also, the site does include a link to shopping and banner ads advertise more Discovery Kids shows.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

This site for tweens features a lineup of programs on the Discovery Kids channel and in-depth information on each show; a treasure trove of games, puzzles, and other fun activities; and video clips from various episodes of Discovery Kids programs. The themes of most shows revolve around science, nature, the environment, and exploration of the world around us, and the activities on the site are similarly mind-bending.

Is it any good?

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DISCOVERY KIDS is a great site that encourages kids to stay active. The site includes games that are challenging and educational and activities that push kids to get outside and explore. Parents and kids will both be drawn to the activities page. The section offers adventurous alternatives to staying indoors, such as taking laborious hikes, searching for rare insects, or making acid rain.

Also, the short educational articles are perfect for holding kids' attention spans and teaching both random and common knowledge facts. Why do squirrels have bushy tails? Do jellyfish really sting? What are the seven wonders of the world? These topics will more than just interest kids; they will also provoke thought and spark further discussion.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the games on the site. What did you like about the games? Did you learn anything by playing them?

  • Families can also discuss the educational articles and outdoor activities. How much time does your family spend outdoors? How much time is spent using digital media?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old Written byrosalia June 2, 2009
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Adult Written byllarson April 9, 2008
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A Resource

I found this site to be a fairly good resource. Although it did not contain the information I was looking for, it did provide me with a number of links to other websites that had information on the topic I was searching.

Teen, 13 years old Written bygeniusdjm@yahoo.com April 9, 2008
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awsome

I think this is a good web site to learn about how your body works and what you can do with your body.

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