FactMonster

Website review by
Jean Armour Polly, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kidsParents recommend
Tons of fun info on topics from math to history to sports.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 17 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about dozens of topics, including geography, math, science, grammar, and sports. Kids can practice basic addition skills using flashcards; learn what roman numerals are; or find out how coins are made -- and that's just in the site's math section! For inquisitive kids, FactMonster should provide hours of educational fun. But kids have to be patient enough to do a lot of reading. The site, which presents most topics in a list format, could benefit from a few more videos, graphics, and interactive elements. There's no shortage of in-depth yet easy-to-understand info to absorb.

Positive Messages

Facts are fun.

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Consumerism

Several distracting ads.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this well-organized, kid-friendly mega resource is the place to go for fun facts and homework help. It's brought to you by educational professionals, so no need to worry about the content. The multiple ads per page are the only annoying thing to be found.

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User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Parent of a 5, 10, and 12-year-old Written byResponsibleParentOf3 October 11, 2017

It's educational, but...

I fear that a monster may be too scary for my children. I won't let them use this until they are in high school.
Parent of an infant, 2, 3, 5, 6, and 11-year-old Written byResponsibleParentOf9 December 5, 2012

Good site unless kids get scared!

Some of my children are creeped out by the monsters, but this is fun and educational! Unless if your children are scared of monsters of any kind, this is for yo...
Kid, 9 years old October 25, 2012
Kid, 10 years old August 8, 2012

Good site!

This is a very good website! I have learned alot on the website and it is fun!

What's it about?

Sponsored by the online education provider the Family Education Network, FactMonster offers info on dozens of topics, including science, math, and U.S. history. Clear instructions teach kids new math and other skills; a homework help section offers periodic tables and other tools. Users can also access an atlas, dictionary, and other resources. It’s unlikely that kids will run out of things to do on the site after just one or two visits -- however, to ensure they keep coming back, FactMonster also frequently adds quizzes and games.

Is it any good?

Where else will you find timelines on so many topics, from a history of Crayola crayon colors to a history of the Internet? Browse through the more than 30,000 short biographies or head on over to the Homework Helper section for an educational boost. State nicknames? They're on the fun-to-use FACTMONSTER.COM, as well as information on flags of the world, countries, oceans, and rivers. And, when it's time for recess, you can play some educational math and language games.

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For kids who love to find homework help online

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