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2014 Olympics Guide for Families
Here's a cool twist to the 2014 Winter Olympics: Families all over the world can take part in the Sochi Games by simply going online. Kids can follow their favorite athletes, learn about the history of the games, find the latest information about events, and even explore other cultures and countries. (P.S. Now's a good time to get up to speed on social media and set boundaries that work for your household.)
Go for the gold with this essential family guide to the 2014 Olympics.
Missed your favorite event? No problem. The official Facebook pages of the 2014 Olympics will bring minute-to-minute coverage right to your device. Kids can interact with the Olympics community and see what other fans are getting excited about.
- Official Sochi 2014 Facebook page
Here you can get breaking Olympics news, photo galleries, trivia, and more. With your guidance, kids can check out the latest comments and even join in the conversation.
- NBC Olympics page
When you step away from the televised broadcast, NBC's official Olympics page will give you informed and up-to-date information about events and athletes.
- Official Sochi Mascots page
This playful page lets kids interact with this year's mascots: a polar bear, a hare, and a leopard!
These terrific online resources are a great supplement to the televised coverage and social-media mayhem and will provide all the information you need to stay in the game.
- Official XXII Winter Games site
Get breaking updates, event schedules, photos, and more on the official website of the Sochi Olympics.
The official website of the "Olympic Movement" can teach kids about the history of the games and the athletes of today. Extras include photos, polls, educational resources, and more.
- NBC Olympics site
Get current information and the latest breaking news through the official broadcast partner of the Olympics.
Kids love the off-the-cuff dispatches unleashed by their favorite athletes on Twitter. Your family can follow any number of official Olympics tweets (parent-approved, of course) for updates.
- Official Olympics tweets:
- The Olympic Athlete's Hub:
Social-media feeds from every athlete
- Sochi hashtags:
Take the show on the road with mobile apps that provide round-the-clock Olympics coverage. Check out our app reviews to make sure they're OK for your kid to download. And check out our tips for setting limits on kids' media.
- Sochi 2014 Guide on Google Play
Follow the games from wherever you roam with the free Android download.
- Sochi 2014 Guide on iTunes
Take the games to go on your iPad or iPhone.
With your supervision, teens can follow NBC Olympics on Vine for engaging updates and behind-the-scenes videos.
You can see pics from favorite athletes such as Shaun White and Shani Davis -- and even follow your country's team.
NBCOlympics.com will be streaming the events that aren't televised. (You have to be a cable subscriber to watch.) Refer to YouTube and Olympic.org (the official website of the Olympic movement) for behind-the-scenes action and historical background.
- Official YouTube channel
Subscribe to this channel for a wide range of videos including historical clips, athlete bios, and even mascot antics.
Filter by gender, country, sport, and year to find footage of Winter Games past.
- Ancient Olympic Games
This cartoon video tells the history of the Olympics.
- What's New for Sochi
Wondering what the 12 new winter sports events are all about? Watch and learn.
More fun for kids
- Olympics Video Games
Bring Sochi home with these super-fun video games for all ages.
- Sochi 2014 on Flickr
These professional-grade photos document the Winter Games.
- Olympism In Action
Teach kids how they can build a better world through sports and have an impact on issues such as sustainability, education, and peace.
- Sochi 2014 Education
Download materials and lessons from the Sochi Olympics.
(Liza Fowler, Common Sense Media marketing coordinator, contributed to this article.)