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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Encourages volunteering and civic involvement; includes videos of kids/teens who are making a difference.
Violence & Scariness
Covers tough subjects like genocide and war.
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Products & Purchases
Large banner ads and some sponsored content.
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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.