- Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking
- Back to School
- Cellphone Parenting
- Character Strengths and Life Skills
- Cyberbullying, Haters, and Trolls
- Early Childhood
- Facebook, Instagram, and Social
- Learning with Technology
- Marketing to Kids
- Mental Health
- News and Media Literacy
- Privacy and Internet Safety
- Screen Time
- Sex, Gender, and Body Image
- Special Needs and Learning Difficulties
- Technology Addiction
- Violence in Media
What are some good websites that are safe for my kid to explore?
Sites featuring characters that kids already like are good places to start. But be careful: Many of these (Nick Jr., Cartoon Network, Disney) can be really commercial. For 5- to 7-year-olds, we like Poptropica, FunBrain, and PBS's wide selection of offerings. You also can follow up on kid's interests -- from trains and dinosaurs to princesses -- to keep them connected to what they enjoy offline.
The key is to look for age-appropriate content that really engages your child. For preschoolers, interactive activities with an educational bent should offer practice with letters and numbers, drawing, story-making, shape recognition, silly songs, and rhymes. If your kids aren't reading yet, look for sites that feature audio prompts. For kids practicing fine motor skills, sites with big buttons are good.
Age 7 is about when kids might start exploring virtual worlds. These are closed environments that offer a wide variety of games and activities, as well as social features such as chatting and making a friends list. Virtual worlds typically can be played in for free but offer more features when you buy a subscription.