Smart current events site has some fluff.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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


Covers tough subjects like genocide and war.

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Large banner ads and some sponsored content.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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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.

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.

Families can talk 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

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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 other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 10 years old January 17, 2011

Perfect for tweens 10+

I Love it and so does my daughter it is safe and fun.
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Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written byShadoSiren June 1, 2012


We watch it every day at school days. It tells what happened everyday on the tv, and covers a variety of topics. Don't get fooled by the "bad" what other families should know about this topics, it's a good and mature tv program. -Belarus
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Too much violence
Too much consumerism
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