Fun or frustrating site? Maybe a bit of both.

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Positive messages

Categorizing learning games by age and topics helps kids get to know where their skills in different subjects are in relation to kids of other ages.

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Quite a few ads, Google ads, and game ads that aren't clearly marked as ads, some of which route kids to other sites when clicked on. There's also a donation button to support the site with direct donations from users.

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No personal information is required to play on this site. Users can sign up with an email account, first name, and last initial for a newsletter or to keep track of high scores and participate in contests, but it's not required. Like most sites, Cyberkidzgames includes cookies and other electronic tracking of visitors' online behavior.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this educational game site for kids ages 4 to 12 categorizes games by age and subject matter -- math, ABCs, geography, creative play, and science. Created by a company in the Netherlands, some of the content doesn't match up with American spelling or educational development patterns. The creators say the site is particularly geared toward use in classrooms with interactive whiteboards, which can be followed up at home by kids who can play it with a mouse and keyboard, or touchscreen such as the iPad.

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CYBERKIDZGAMES needs a lot of work. The graphics are colorful, and some of the games and printables are both engaging and educational. But the numerous spelling errors (and outright change from English to Dutch mid-game, in some instances), are an unfortunate distraction. That, coupled with the mismatched level of difficultly in some games and age categories and the many ads that aren't clearly marked as such, makes the current version of this potentially promising site a likely frustrating experience for many kids.  

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  • Families can talk about why it's important to identify ads on a website and why your child doesn't have to (or shouldn't necessarily want to) "Click on the Red Button!" on every blinking image on a screen that they may see. Help your kids understand advertising with Common Sense Media's Parent Advice Tips.

  • Talk to your kids about why some games might be labeled for their age but are really not for them. For example, just because you're 11 doesn't mean you should know everything that someone who creates a game tells you is age appropriate.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymtms2016 April 24, 2011
It's a very educational site. So parents, if you're looking for an educational site this is a great site. The only concern I have is the age, I think that it is a little too kidish for 9+.
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Kid, 9 years old April 30, 2011

it's a good educational website

I love this website allthough it's a little childish for 9+
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