BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper

Website review by
Karen Wirsing, Common Sense Media
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Vast library of links a boon for kids doing online research.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn about good resources that may help when they get stuck on their homework. BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper surfaces "best of" links on academic subjects (English, math, art/music), search tools (reference sites, search engines), and current events. Although the site serves up lots of relevant info, it will vary in quality, and kids won't find much direction on how to use it for their specific needs. Expect comprehensive, well-vetted homework references, but little direction on their use. 

Positive Messages

The site encourages learning and pushes education. The story of how BJ Pinchbeck started the site may inspire kids.

Violence

Historical links with information about war are included.

Sex

There are some links to anatomy sites, but they're all educational.

Language

Dictionary links are included where kids may look up terms -- including iffy ones -- in English and in foreign languages.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper is an educational site and academic oasis. A library of educational links provides users with information covering almost every topic that comes to mind. The site is constructed so that each category is broken into subcategories. For example, the "English" section offers links on grammar, mythology, poetry, literature, and authors; "Computer Science" offers links on programming, networks, and web design; and the "Science" section offers information about anatomy, botany, biology, physics, and much more. This homework hub is a wonderful aid to students across the board, but users should be cautious about straying to links with mature or inappropriate content. As a bonus, BJ Pinchbeck provides a "College Companion," an entire site dedicated to preparing for college prep and being successful while in college.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 12 year old Written byRickFisher March 10, 2009

Best all around site

BJ provides a thorough list of links on a vast array of topics that are useful from grade school through adult. A nice place to start for any question.
Parent of a 11 year old Written bywormpipe1 August 22, 2010

e.g. I BELEIEVE ITS PRETTY GOOD FOR TWEENS.

I BELIEVE ITS DEFINATELY AGE APPROPRITE. BUT IT DOES HAVE A COUPLE OF BROKEN LINKS. OTHERWISE ITS FINE AND SOMEWHAT HELPFUL IN HELPING CHILDREN.
Kid, 11 years old October 9, 2011

BASIC

I think it's basic

What's it about?

Kids sift through educational links to uncover information about their determined subject matter. This site is a library of helpful websites, which cover almost every topic under the sun. If a student needs help, or just wants to delve deeper into a certain topic, this is a place that offers a good array of information. For instance, kids interested in social studies click on the Social Studies tab. From here they can find links to Ancient History, American History, Geography, and more.

Is it any good?

BJ PINCHBECK'S HOMEWORK HELPER is a wonderful resource for finding information. The links provided on the site are carefully selected and should be extremely helpful for kids researching topics online. Pinchbeck created his site with the help of his father and the Discovery Channel at 9 years old. Since then, he has graduated from Drexel University and has branched out on his own. Not only does the site cover information relating to ordinary scholastic subjects, it also includes progressive and engaging sites that encourage kids to get involved in politics and their communities.

As users browse through the many different links, they'll probably encounter some sites that are broken or no longer existing. It is also easy to navigate away from the original site and topic of concentration, if users aren't careful. But, overall this is a no-hassle library of links helpful for quick questions and homework assignments with something for everyone.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using the Internet for homework help. What makes up a good resource for school kids? Can you think of a site that's not a reliable hub of information? Why is it not reliable?

  • Families can also discuss age-appropriateness. Is it better to have a site for a specific age group or for a specific topic, or does it matter?

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