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Outstanding online library of digital books for kids who can provide proof of print disability, such as blindness or low vision, a learning disability, or a physical disability that makes it difficult or impossible to read standard print.

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A pay site with content aligned to state education standards. Includes videos, games, quizzes, and activities on school subjects as well as lessons on terrorism, war, reproduction, and alcoholism, all handled sensitively.

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Playing the game teaches kids some basic ways to stay safe online by identifying spam emails, ads they shouldn't click on, and chat comments they probably shouldn't respond to.

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With this self-publishing tool, kids can read, create, and share their own books online. Some books on the site are educational, written by adults to help kids learn in their own ways; others, written and illustrated by kids of all ages, are just fun to read.

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Fun way to turn your own images into realistic cartoons. The design tools are fairly easy to use and provide plenty of options -- kids will enjoy creating a visual version of a narrative story.


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Help Your Child at Home

  • Discuss your family's history and stories. Brainstorm ways to use technology to capture the story effectively, and help your child create a presentation, song, poem, or essay that expresses the story's tone and main ideas.
  • Do simple math to accomplish a task: If you're building a box, how much wood will you need for the sides? Measure the length, width, and height of the box. How would you figure out the volume of water it would hold?
  • Start to talk with your child about bullying, including cyberbullying. Even though social media may be years away, plant the seeds now for helping kids understand appropriate interactions, and let kids know they can talk to you about it.