FactMonster

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

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 18 reviews

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

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.

Violence
Sex
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Consumerism

Several distracting ads.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bykdwyer4 July 11, 2013

Math Practice Made Fun

This is a great website. Children can easily navigate through the site to target specific skills and concepts. I especially liked the fact practice as it is m... Continue reading
Parent of a 10 year old Written bychdrdg January 17, 2011
Kid, 10 years old July 9, 2009

Cool Aweome Site

This a good websites for kids and teens!
Teen, 13 years old Written bycrazy2011 November 23, 2009

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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