A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the cute, entertaining dog animations that frame every screen may be a little distracting for some kids. Although the site looks like it's for very young children, the issues discussed are for older kids: medical and product experimentation on animals, vivisection in schools, and animal cruelty in circuses.
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What's it about?
On this site from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals you'll find an animal encyclopedia, a pet care guide, suggested books for kids who love animals, and a few well-chosen games. Other site features include a Q&A column and a careers section on people who work with animals. There are also featured links throughout the site so that kids can continue their research, get involved with legislation, and continue their engagement with this important topic.
Is it any good?
This is an excellent site just for kids. Its clean design is uncluttered by ad boxes. However, there's an animated dog that interacts with the menu icons and, though entertaining, his performance is sometimes quite distracting.
The most compelling and extensive part of the site is called "Real Issues," and older children and teens will find it an extremely valuable resource. For example, there is information about how to opt out of frog dissection in Biology class, and many suggested alternatives to this activity.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the many "Real Life" issues the site addresses. Which animal rights issues and celebrity activists have you heard about in the media? Which issues (e.g., dissection, wearing fur) have come up in your everyday life? Parents of younger kids can talk about the big responsibilities -- and rewards -- that come with having a pet.