A Lot or a Little?
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The site has no ads and is sponsored by nonpartisan, nonprofit organization The Dirksen Congressional Center, which aims to improve civic engagement by promoting a better understanding of Congress.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this informative site, hosted by the nonpartisan, nonprofit Dirksen Congressional Center, gives a solid -- but lengthy and text-heavy -- overview of how the federal government works. Users can search for information on the site or access online search engines like Yahoo and Google. There are no ads and fairly simple to use, but with sentences like "abuse of power or failure to uphold these responsibilities cannot be tolerated" kids need to know how to read well, or have an adult explain things to them.
Is It Any Good?
Clicking through each section and reading the text of this site gets really boring, really fast. Truth be told, there isn't much on the site to hold kids' interest. Except for the promising opening page, in which excited voices encourage users to click on the Capitol to start, the site's cartoony graphics are really simple; some almost look like clip art. A couple of quizzes in the beginning of the site are interactive. But, once you click onward to tour the governmental system, many of the quizzes need to be printed out which isn't the most exciting use of technology. The whole site kind of feels like a book that was made into a Web site. To get kids giddy about the government, CongressForKids.net really needs to pump up its fun factor.
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