By Heidi Kotansky,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Most trusted resource will cost you $70 a year.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Violence & Scariness
Entries about violent topics (such as war) aren't glorified and are similar to what you'd find in a school textbook.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Entries about sexual topics are straightforward and educational. The illustrations that accompany them aren't explicit. For example, for vagina, it says "canal in female mammals that receives the male reproductive cells, or sperm, and is part of the birth canal during the birth process" and a drawn diagram calls out the different parts.
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Products & Purchases
If you want access to entire articles and parts of the site, you have to pay $70 a year. There's a link to the Britannica store and ads to magazine and educational items.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that they'll have to fork over $70 a year to access all of this site's content. It may be worth it as you won't have to worry about your kids coming across any inaccurate and inappropriately presented material. Yes, your kids will be able to read about penises, but the entries will be scientific and straightforward -- and they won't have any explicit images to go alongside them. There are ads, but they're minimal and all linked to things that will improve your mind, and a link to the Britannica store.
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What’s It About?
It's time to clear your shelves of the set of dusty encyclopedias: BRITANNICA.COM is a faster way to find information on every subject. Want to learn about Uganda? Head on over to the atlas. Need a stat? The World Data Analyst breaks it all down. A separate subscription of $70 a year lets you explore one of the site's best features for kids: the online student edition filled with research guides and learning activities.
Is It Any Good?
Written mostly by Nobel Prize winners, the no-nonsense articles are comprehensive and well-organized. The timeline feature is very cool -- you just click on a subject and scroll through its history. The main drawback of this site is that only members ($70 a year) can read entire article entries and get access to the online resources (dictionary, thesaurus, and news articles).
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about why it's often better to go to a trusted site like Britannia than to Google to find the best age-appropriate, reliable information. What are safe sites to browse? How can you tell which sites you can trust? Parents can also explain why curiosity about the world can enrich our lives.
- Genre: Educational
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: November 4, 2015
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