What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ask Kids is an educational site for kids that delivers age-appropriate information in the form of a search engine. The home page offers sections on movies, games, and answers. In the movies and games sections kids can find age-appropriate reviews and entertainment. The site's answers section offers facts about nature, schools, math, history, science, and much more. Most of the content is safe and informative, but there are links to other sites that may not be as kid-friendly. Also, some links are broken and some questions come back with irrelevant answers -- both which will no doubt frustrate kids. There are also sponsored links and banner ads.
What's it about?
ASKFORKIDS.COM allows kids to type in their questions or question fragments. Ask can even check the spelling of kids' search words, and suggest a replacement, if needed. If a child types \"math help,\" she is then given a choice: \"We know these answers: 'Where can I find homework help on math?'; 'Where can I find the definition of a math term?'\"; and more. Clicking on any of these selections should load a child-friendly Web site where the answer may be found.
Is it any good?
ASK KIDS is an educational site that sparks imagination and curiosity. Kids can plug anything they wish into the search engine and a plethora of information is provided -- that is, if it's age-appropriate. The site provides content and links that have been hand-picked by professionals that are identifiably kid-friendly and educational. Mature themes and adult content are filtered to the best of the site's ability; however, because of external links this is not guaranteed. Overall, Ask Kids does a good job of providing a safe and educational platform where kids can discover the world and find answers to their many inquiries.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about looking up information online. What sources are reliable for kids? How do you know when you can trust a site's information? What is the proper way to cite Internet sources?
Families can also discuss Internet safety.