CNN 10

Website review by
Lynne Glasner, Common Sense Media
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News site for kids has access to adult articles and topics.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn about current events from the ten-minute daily broadcast of news stories and features, designed for kids in middle and high school. Broadcaster Carl Azuz narrates clips from correspondents in different parts of the world, filling in historical details and background and giving them context. Although there are some supplementary resources that round out the stories and fill in details and context for kids, it's not clear that kids would access these elements on their own. Some guidance is recommended to help kids sort out the stories presented in the daily news feature and keep them from straying off of the student site.

Positive Messages

The site encourages kids to form opinions and connect current events to their own lives through discussion.

Violence

Because it’s fairly easy to access the regular CNN News site from CNN Student News, kids might encounter articles on murders, school shootings, and other violent topics.

Sex

Kids can click onto the main CNN News site, where they could access articles on sex-related topics.

Language

Students can comment on the daily broadcast, discussions questions, and blog posts, though that seems fairly uncommon. They can access the main CNN News site fairly easily, where comments are filtered for profanity, but discussions can get heated and could include name calling.

Consumerism

On most pages, the site includes ads for CNN's news shows and cable hosts as well as a few less obvious, smaller ads from organizations that are not likely to be of concern or interest to kids, such as employment sites or credit agencies.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Kids could click onto the main CNN News site, where they might access articles about alcohol and drug use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there's nothing offensive on the CNN Student News site itself, and no personal information is required to use the site's features. However, links at the top of the page give access to the main CNN News site, where kids might encounter stories with mature topics such as crime, drugs, violence, or rape. For optimal learning, some guidance is recommended to help kids sort out the stories presented in the daily news feature and keep kids from straying off of the student site. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymrcrag October 17, 2013

Violence, war, politics, guns, suicide? NO WAY!

VERY little content for kids here. CNN just slaps a disclaimer on the front so you're on your own. In the three weeks that I've been previewing the ep... Continue reading
Adult Written byWendyB 4 August 28, 2015

CNN Student News an Indoctrination to Mass Media Violence

I am shocked that this was being shown to my 11 and 12 year old. we don't watch offensive news at home. Kids should get to be kids and not be instilled... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written by1thlw June 8, 2018

FAke

It fake news
Teen, 13 years old Written byTheMarioFan March 13, 2018

News Kids Will Enjoy like R̶e̶c̶o̶r̶d̶s̶,̶ ̶N̶e̶w̶ ̶M̶o̶v̶i̶e̶s̶,̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶D̶i̶s̶n̶e̶y̶ ̶S̶t̶a̶r̶s̶ Guns, Suicides, and Trump Bashing

This is terrible and bias, Trump is not racist and Hillary was not supposed to win. It is also innapropiate with lots of innapropiate news that should involve a... Continue reading

What's it about?

The CNN Student News home page has neatly arranged and easy-to-follow sections that give the necessary information for students, parents, and teachers. The main feature is the daily news report, in which broadcaster Carl Azuz offers up the news of the day with explanations that include important background information for understanding the issues. The Resources section includes transcripts of each broadcast, discussion suggestions, and downloadable maps, all targeted to the topics. The FAQ section provides helpful information for all users.

Is it any good?

CNN Student News is addressed to parents and teachers as well as kids, and it may be that the site is best used in a classroom or with parental guidance. The main feature, the daily news broadcast, lumps together multiple stories, making the narration sound like a very long run-on sentence. Each story can stand on its own and is extremely informative, appropriate, and interesting, but kids will need some guidance to stop the video after each segment, whether to discuss it, get additional information, or simply reflect a bit.

The site is clearly labeled, and resources and additional stories are easy to find. The linked sections offer video broadcasts from CNN shows and can stand on their own. Independent reviewing of these sections may get kids drawn in and interested in related issues. The site has a lot to offer and much can be learned by using the materials provided.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the news. Help kids analyze media by discussing the presentation of one of the featured news stories. What made the story interesting? Are there opinions expressed in it? Whose views are shown?

  • Select one of the human interest feature stories. Ask your kids if they were influenced by the story? In what way? What did they learn from this particular article?

  • Watch a 15-minute local news broadcast with your child and discuss how it differs from the CNN Student News broadcast of the same day. Are there overlapping stories? If so, why might this be the case?

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