DOGO News

Website review by
Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media
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Interactive, kid-friendly news source gives kids the scoop.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn about culturally important current and historical events or have a little fun with articles on quirky topics such as Pi(e) Day, artists performing on a giant hamster wheel, and International Happiness Day. Submitting their own articles based on the Dogonews model could help kids develop writing and journalism skills such as the ability to write snappy headlines, concise and direct language, and an understanding of news from a kid's perspective. Clearer recognition for contributors and answers to challenges tied to a more effective point system might better motivate kids. Still, overall, independent Dogonews consistently brings the world to kids through solid content and plentiful learning opportunities.

Positive Messages

Sophisticated topics challenge and enlighten kids with real news, not fluff. 

Violence

Generally, story selection avoids violent themes: La Battaglia delle Arance (The Battle of the Oranges)-type stories are common, but editors don't shy away from tricky current events such as the ouster of Ukrainian president Yanukovych.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

On-site ads are relevant and understated.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that DOGO News opens an enticing window onto world events and thoughtful learning connections. Kids can browse or search for short, punchy articles full of photos and other goodies, selecting grade level or categories such as Science, Sports, Green, or Amazing. Social-media iDogo accounts screen out those under 13 via self-report but give older kids the ability to comment on stories, select favorites, follow others, and be followed. Parents need not worry about safety, as kids are encouraged to use a nickname and a parent's email if they're under 13.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written bygreenink December 21, 2017

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 gra... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byfirefly2002 October 25, 2014

Current Events

For any child who has to do current events in school this is a great site. It gives interesting topics for both boy and girl. It also gets straight to the point... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old May 25, 2016

THE NEWSPAPERS FOR KIDS

Dogo News is a very good website for kids because they can know information from all around the world

What's it about?

DOGONEWS offers thousands of concise kid-friendly news stories with plentiful photos and occasional videos. It's searchable by five grade categories or 12 content categories ranging from the more serious Social Studies to plain old Fun. Every article is accompanied by relevant academic standards, vocabulary definitions, and geography links, and most are followed by comprehension questions and a critical-thinking challenge. Kids with iDogo accounts can leave comments and engage in some social-media basics, creating their own avatars and following other kids. They also can submit their own news contributions through email.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how a particular news story affects them: How would a new mobile shower service for the homeless change daily life for those with homes?

  • Dogonews offers lots of activity ideas for kids and families. Enjoy a homemade sing-along during Earth Hour, or plan one for next year.

Website details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion, presenting to others, reading, reading comprehension, storytelling, text analysis, vocabulary, writing, writing clearly
    Science: animals, engineering, astronomy, ecosystems, weather
    Social Studies: citizenship, cultural understanding, events, exploration, geography, global awareness, government, historical figures, history, power structures
    Hobbies: fashion, pets, sports
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization, thinking critically
    Creativity: producing new content
    Self-Direction: academic development, initiative, personal growth, work to achieve goals
    Emotional Development: empathy, perspective taking
    Communication: conveying messages effectively, presenting
    Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, honoring the community
  • Genre: Civic Engagement
  • Pricing structure: Free

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