What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kidipede: History for Kids is a well-organized -- albeit a bit dry -- homework and report helper for middle schoolers. While most pages are up-to-date and helpful, there are some broken links on the site, and the many flashing ads for things like phone service and credit cards are distracting. The site's creator offers information on how to cite information found on this website in school papers, which kids need as schools demand better citations of online resources to fight plagiarism. Overall, Kidipede: History for Kids is an excellent, extensive history facts resource for kids.
What kids can learn
- historical figures
- global awareness
- cultural understanding
Engagement, Approach, Support
This kid-friendly world history site includes well-written articles and engaging photos that can help kids learn about everything from the broad topics to details of history. Unfortunately, the site includes many distracting ads.
Essentially an extensive article database, the site communicate topics more effectively with the addition of multimedia and interactive elements.
The site's topics are divided neatly into categories and subcategories, and it also includes a brief primer on citing it as a source in reports. It's easy to navigate and it's generally well-organized.
What's it about?
Kids looking for history information (as well as a few math and science subjects, too) can search the topics -- organized by time period, geographic area, subject, or culture -- on KIDIPEDE: HISTORY FOR KIDS. The site is divided neatly into categories and subcategories (India, then Indian History, Indian Food, Indian Art, etc.) and photos accompany each subject. The site includes a brief primer on citing it as a source in reports, it's easy to navigate, and it's generally well-organized, as long as kids don't get distracted by the ads.
Is it any good?
The content and photos on this site are age-appropriate and engaging. It's just too bad the same can't be said for the ads, which are often geared toward adults. Before your child starts researching ancient China or Islamic history on this site, you may want to take a look at the ad content in the relevant sections.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about using the Internet for homework help. What are safe sites to browse?
Discuss why appropriate citation is important when writing school reports. Read Common Sense Media's Be a Good Digital Citizen tipsheet.
Also, discuss tips on how to ignore Internet ads. Just because something is flashing "Win $500!" do you have to click on it?