Baseball-Almanac

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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There's an element of idolizing professional baseball players that may be difficult for young kids to put into perspective. When becoming a member of the all-ages message boards, users are encouraged to include date of birth, email address, where they live, and other personal info in their profile. Private messaging is allowed if you don't turn off the function.

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This site solicits donations from users and claims to be a "privately held, non-commercial site, in need of financial assistance," but there are ads -- including annoying moving banner ads.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this site has an amazing 300,000 pages of baseball stats, facts, history, news, forums, games and information in one place. There are also many of ads (contrary to the claim that it's a non-commercial site), some of which blend into the site's content. And, users are encouraged to give personal information when signing up and on their profiles. In the boards, certain inappropriate words do get blanked out with stars, but kids can send/receive private messages from other users and post their IM screen names and personal Web site addresses if they want.

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What's it about?

BASEBALL-ALMANAC.COM is America's pastime fanatic's dream come true. Fans can find out anything from the most sought-after baseball stats in this or any season to obscure trivia (when famous players died and where they are buried -- and everything in between). Information aside, there are also games, forums, and ads.

Is it any good?

For a site that claims to be non-commercial and in need of donations from site visitors, it's quite confusing to see ads. Also, while the message boards may be informative and interesting for older tweens and teens to read -- such as threads about baseball players who have defected from Cuba or a favorite team's decisions about players -- the personal information users are encouraged to post on their profiles isn't safe Internet practice for kids. This is a fantastic site for baseball info at any age, but probably geared toward an adult audience in the chat arena.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to use statistics to learn about baseball, and how historic interviews, photos, and collections of facts tells a larger story. This site provides many real-world math and history lessons.

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