The Sports Network 2

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Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Play the role of a news producer in ESPN-like broadcast sim.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about how reading and writing are useful in a workplace. They learn to think critically while they read by identifying relevant information; they do research by asking valuable questions; and they provide and receive feedback on written work. Kids will get a taste of what broadcasting is like while gaining skills directly applicable to future school projects and writing assignments.

Positive Messages

Drives home the importance of a positive work ethic, critical-thinking skills, and good communication.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While working in their news career, kids are exposed to people who both teach and model positive behavior, kindness, selflessness, and hard work.

Ease of Play

There's an intuitive click-to-move interface and few -- but useful -- instructions. Progress is saved and tracked. The maze-like office can be initially disorienting.

Violence

Players interview a park manager who presents physical activity as an alternative to violence and reckless behavior.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Sports Network 2 is an educational game designed to teach kids about careers in news and television, what kind of work goes into real-world jobs, and critical-reading skills. It's not a sports game, despite regular reference to athletic activities, and kids can take away analytical lessons that apply to other settings.

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What's it about?

Kids are dropped into a new career as a managing director of a sports network. From conducting interviews to pitching new programs, kids try to put on good broadcasts that cover the right material while growing their careers with every challenge.

Is it any good?

THE SPORTS NETWORK 2 offers the perfect introduction to the working world, especially for kids who love to watch ESPN or the news. Kids get the chance to peek behind the curtain of broadcast news and do in-game tasks that feel just enough like the real world of news without being too dry while also building critical reading skills. Kids are given feedback and can even print copies of the results of their efforts. The game guides kids through their choices, helping them make the best ones and explaining why they're the best.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss how playing the game helps kids understand the news better. How did it or did it not meet your expectations of what newsrooms are like?

  • Which of the characters do you think are particularly good role models?

  • Has this game affected how you view work and the business world? 

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For kids who love playing sports and reading the news

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