Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Smart current events site has some fluff.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

Encourages volunteering and civic involvement; includes videos of kids/teens who are making a difference.


Covers tough subjects like genocide and war.


Large banner ads and some sponsored content.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this site is the online partner of Channel One News, a news service broadcast in more than 11,000 middle and high schools. Some groups have voiced objections to the news service because its 10-minute broadcast contains two minutes of commercials. The Web site itself has a fair amount of advertising, including banner ads. Otherwise, the site is safe and appropriate for teens. There's one section that allows users to submit videos, but it requires permission from a parent. Parents will appreciate the content on Internet safety.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byalmk September 3, 2015

Left Wing Bias Media

Some of the historical media is okay for teen but most of the daily news and political affairs are swayed to a left wing bias opinion. It paints republicans in... Continue reading
Adult Written byMatthew B. May 10, 2018

Far Left

I like to show my Social Studies class a daily news segment. I am an independent, and watch for media bias in anything I show my students. Though CNN leans left... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 17, 2011

Perfect for tweens 10+

I Love it and so does my daughter it is safe and fun.
Kid, 9 years old February 6, 2010

Great site

the topics are a little strong, but not as bad as the news. This site was probably geared towards teens, but it is okay for tweens/older kids.

What's it about?

CHANNELONE.COM is a \"news and public affairs content provider\" that covers a wide range of issues, like politics, the environment, health, faith, and finance.

Is it any good?

Some of the featured content ("Kabbalah Love Calculator" and "Name That Star") seems straight out of a mainstream teen mag. But get past that fluffy fare and teens will find compelling current events coverage. Tackling topics with quizzes, commentary, and games (like the very handy Credit Card Simulator) creates a rich user experience. The new Livewire section has some cool videos, but each one starts with the same contest announcement which is tedious to watch over and over again.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Channel One advertising controversy. Is advertising on the site less objectionable than in the classroom, since web users aren't a "captive audience"? Why is the U.S. Army such a prominent advertiser on the site? Our Selling to Kids can help kick off a conversation about the relationship between ads and content.

Website details

  • Genre: Civic Engagement
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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