What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids will love the cause and effect demonstration as they pick out tuneful notes on the virtual keyboard. But there are very annoying banner ads on every page of the site.
What's it about?
This site features a virtual piano with three rhythm choices users can make. There's also an "applause" button in case you need some instant feedback on your virtuoso style. You can choose to play using the piano keyboard or the computer keyboard, and there's an easy-to-find "Quiet" button when you want to hear only the sounds of silence. In other parts of the site there are additional educational experiences, such as an interactive farm scene. Click on each animal to hear the sound it makes. The tractor, windmill, and farmer have their "say" as well.
Is it any good?
The virtual piano rates a few points higher than others on the Net, but there's a series of rotating banner ads on the site, including the never-popular flashing "You are a winner!" one as well as the perennial unfavorite "Hit the moving target and win today's prize" banner.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about banner ads and when they should be avoided. Which sites do you enjoy visiting more -- those with ads or those without? Why? Why do some Web sites make a point of skipping ads altogether?