AOL Kids

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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With parental guidance, a good intro to online interaction.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

As kids get older, they can have more freedom on the Internet and still have a place like this to find kid-friendly content. This site provides ways to engage online by sending emails, watching videos, playing games and more, all through a main source that provides parental controls. 

Violence

Some games and videos have battle and action themes -- WWE videos and the game Stealth Fighter are examples.

Sex

One dress-up game that begins with Justin Bieber in his underwear is a little strange, but nothing overtly sexual was observed. It's important to note, however, that kids with a screen name will have access to other areas of AOL content that may be 18+ in nature, unless parents set proper parental controls.

Language

Kids with a screen name will have access to other areas of AOL content that may be 18+ in nature, unless parents set proper parental controls.

Consumerism

There are ads for kids media, such as movies, games, and TV shows. AOL partners with other companies for content, including Nick, ESPN, and Discovery Kids.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Kids with a screen name will have access to other areas of AOL content that may be 18+ in nature, unless parents set proper parental controls.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that AOL Kids is a free site loaded with all sorts of games, videos, pictures, quizzes, and more for kids. It's like a one-stop shop for kids' entertainment content. There are even some games and videos for preschoolers here, although that's not the main target audience. Signing up is not essential for access to most content, but if your kid wants a screen name for access to other features (like an email account, saving favorites, posting on message boards and more), parents may also want to get a screen name, in order to set parental controls on their kid's account so they cannot access 18+ AOL content.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5, 6, 7, 10, 10, and 17 year old Written byCharlie The Cat December 22, 2011
Kid, 12 years old January 7, 2013

magical

I think it best for learning
Kid, 9 years old September 16, 2012

Very Good For Kids Who Want an Email

Very good! If you are a kid and you want a email then you should get Aol Kids instead of Yahoo, Gmail, or Mobile Me/iCloud. This website can link you to some gr... Continue reading

Is it any good?

AOL KIDS has enough choices in videos and games to keep kids entertained for a very, very long time. The blog featuring athletes of the month and other kid-centric news is also a nice feature. If kids choose to get a screen name and use all the extra features associated with it -- and parents take a proactive role in setting parental controls -- this site may be a useful tool to gradually introduce tweens to more interactivity on the Internet. With their own email account, instant messaging, and the ability to post on message boards through a site with which they're already familiar, AOL Kids may provide a bridge before kids enter the broader world of social networking sites.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about setting screen time limits. This site has so much to offer, kids could easily get sucked in for hours without noticing how much time has passed.

  • Discuss your family's rules for when kids are mature enough to get an email account.

Website details

  • Genre: Gaming
  • Pricing structure: Free

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