Extreme Science

Common Sense Media says

Sensational twist on science is fun -- but ads distract.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

This site encourages kids to become interested in science by highlighting the more extraordinary animals and natural phenomena in the world.

Violence & scariness

Graphic photos and videos depict some of nature's more frightening moments -- like sharks eating seals.

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Way too many ads (and ads that aren't clearly marked as such) for a kid-centered educational site. Ads by Yahoo, ads for the pay-for-use science Web site that this free site's creator works for, ads for products related to the educational articles (sea life jewelery near articles about sea animals), ads for products related to this website as well as other educational products in the site's store via amazon.com.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site gives kids solid information on the more exciting subjects of earth science, like world record-setting feats of nature and cataclysmic events, as well as sharks, poisonous bugs, and space travel. This site is free, but the pay-for-use site Science Castle.com, which the creator of this site works for, is heavily promoted here. Be aware that the center-stage YouTube video on the site's home page is actually an ad for the Science Castle.com site.

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Extreme Science is packed with solid information for older kids and for science teachers to help spice up scientific learning. There are many extra science-related links and tools on this site that are also excellent resources for science exploration and homework help. It's unfortunate that this site is also packed with ads, many of which aren't clearly marked as such.

Online interaction: There's no online interaction on this site, but the site's creator notes that she sometimes responds to requests for more information about other science subjects, and she encourages site visitors to email about more extreme topics such as world records.

Families can talk about...

  • This site has a lot of ads, many of which are disguised as editorial content. A lot of the ads are for things kids won't be interested in, but consider taking the time to ad-proof your kids.

  • This site focuses on some of the most sensational aspects of the natural world. Sensational stories get people's attention, but sometimes they're not true, or they're exaggerated. If you're doing research for homework, don't believe everything you read online.

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Kid, 10 years old January 16, 2010
i like it
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Too much violence
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