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Retired judge talks kids' rights and the law.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

This site helps kids understand their rights and that laws are meant to protect them as well as prevent them from doing harm to others or themselves.


Laws related to crimes of a violent nature (e.g. cyberbullying, murder, and fighting) are discussed.


Laws related to sexual topics and crimes of a sexual nature (e.g. morning after pill, abortion, sexting, date rape) are discussed.

Not applicable

This free site displays ads on each screen, but none that are questionable.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Laws related to alcohol and drug use (e.g. marijuana, beer, sniffing glue) are discussed.

Privacy & safety

Kids must enter a name and email address to submit a question, but they can choose to ask anonymously. Questions by email or snail mail are also accepted.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that thoroughly covers kids' rights and related laws, from well-known petty offenses and felonies to less obvious issues that may arise at school, home, or work. It's hard to pin down exactly when kids should learn about the law so it's great that can work for a wide range of ages. Parents should have no concerns giving teens free reign to explore the site, but should help tweens and younger kids navigate through's more mature topics. With younger kids, parents can share appropriate news and stories to jumpstart discussions about right and wrong.

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What's it about?

Browse popular topics, questions, and the \"Your Rights\" section to find Judge Tom's answers to kids' law-related questions. Familiar topics like shoplifting and fighting are covered and so are other questions like \"Can my boss read my text messages?\" Kids can submit questions (anonymously if they wish) via the \"Ask a Question\" form on every page; a \"Parent Chat\" is available for grownups to ask stuff, too. The blog contains news about court decisions and cases, and kids can contribute personal thoughts and experiences in the \"Cool Stuff\" section.

Is it any good?


An old television ad used an egg in a frying pan to warn kids off drugs; ASKTHEJUDGE.INFO skips the metaphor and gets straight to the facts. Retired juvenile and family court  judge Thomas A. Jacobs addresses kids' questions with answers and advice that emphasize their rights and why we have laws - to protect us and keep us safe. It's easy to submit questions and Judge Tom responds within 24 hours with straightforward, balanced, and fair answers (he's described as "the most nonjudgmental judge you'll ever come across,"). You get the feeling he just wants kids to understand the law so they can stay out of trouble and lead healthy, happy lives. is an excellent resource for parents and kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how intent and the ability to tell right from wrong affects what happens when laws are broken. If a very young child breaks the law, should that child be punished in court? At what age should kids be expected to follow laws?

  • Some states punish cyberbullying with steep fines and possible jail time. Read 5 Things You Need to Know About Cyberbullying and talk about why cyberbullying is wrong, how kids can protect themselves, and what they should do if they become a target. 

  • Research shows a strong link between television violence and violence in real life. Take a look at our advice for curbing the effects.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byBridget Bracey November 28, 2012

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this is a good website for kids
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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