Bystander Revolution Website Poster Image
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More than 100 short videos include advice from celebrities who share personal experiences and suggestions on how to prevent bullying. Kids can search by topic, such as being afraid to help or feeling excluded. Viewers likely to feel empowered and supported.

PolitiFact Website Poster Image
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Fact-checks statements made by elected officials, candidates, and pundits. Content is updated daily, and each fact-check is rated from "True" to "Pants on Fire." Encourages kids to question statements made by people in positions of power; a great resource.

Vocabulary.com Website Poster Image
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Much more than a standard dictionary website. You can look up words, sure, but tons of games also test comprehension. Well designed, easy to figure out, and fun, it provides a uniquely customized experience. On Time magazine's 2012 list of best websites.

Call Me Ishmael Website Poster Image
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Users call a number and leave a voice-mail message about a book they loved. The creator types out the story and turns it into a YouTube video. Could be the best site around for encouraging kids to read certain books; better than a simple recommendation.

SCOTUSblog Website Poster Image
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Can help teens understand high-level legal issues and the happenings of the Supreme Court. With simplified articles about key cases, an extensive glossary, and links to statistics, videos, and in-depth content. Nothing flashy, but an invaluable resource.

Common Sense Tips

Common Sense Tip

  • Creative websites and apps let teens make cool projects -- videos, scrapbooks, comic books, animations, storybooks, and much more -- as they check out new technology.