Parents' Guide to

DOGO News

By Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Interactive, kid-friendly news source gives kids the scoop.

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What you will—and won't—find in this website.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Amazing current events resource for kids and teens

I usually don't post reviews, but Dogo News is a great resource. My younger son started using it in elementary school for a current events project in class and now we both read the articles together! all of the topics are curated for kids and they range from fun articles to fascinating scientific discoveries to coverage of serious world issues, all written for kids to understand! there are also great comprehension questions and vocabulary. my son is now in middle school and we still read the articles and both learn from them!
age 8+

Poorly written, not edited

My son brought home a printout of a DOGO News article, and I was shocked when I read it. It's so poorly written! The article was riddled with errors in grammar and punctuation; the writing seemed like an unedited first draft; and the entire article was poorly constructed. I was so bothered by what I saw that I went to the site and started reading through several articles, and none of the content convinced me that this is a good site for kids. The topics may be of interest, but the articles do not seem to be written by educators or professional writers, and they certainly are not edited. As a writer/editor who spent many years in educational publishing, I'm horrified that this is being used in classrooms. It models terrible writing practices. Look elsewhere!

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Blog-style Dogonews began churning out challenging and insightful articles in 2007. Article topics demonstrate respect for and understanding of kids' perspectives: We're talking fun, sophisticated, and interesting articles -- including research on the five-second rule or a Rubik's cube champion -- but they also cover more serious, expansive topics. Parents and teachers will really dig the plentiful learning tools, such as one-click vocabulary definitions, age-appropriate comprehension questions, critical-thinking challenges, and relevant academic standards.

It can be hard to discern which reviews and articles are written by kids; bylines that include "kid contributor" or some similar title might help. Although materials are categorized from grade K through 8, younger kids will need an adult to read the material and capitalize on learning resources. The Maps tab houses a world tour of geo-located one-paragraph articles that feels really cool at first but can't be paused -- a definite source of frustration for the majority of readers who will not be able to read all the text before the tour shoves off again for another spot on the planet.

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