FEMA.gov/kids/

Common Sense Media says

Educational site gets kids ready for disasters.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
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Violence & scariness

Some of the images of disasters might make younger kids nervous.

Sexy stuff
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site has great information and resources about disasters (hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, fires, terrorism, and volcanoes) and disaster preparedness. A lot of the content is either made by kids and/or about kids. No commercialism, bad language, or sexual content to worry about here, though the topic and photos of disaster aftermath could make younger kids nervous.

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What's it about?

FEMA.GOV/KIDS/ is a place for kids to find information about disasters with educational content about hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, fires, terrorism, and volcanoes. Kids can start with definitions; explore specific types of disaster events with stories, slideshows, letters, and pictures from kids; and test their knowledge with quizzes and games. Much of the site focuses on getting prepared for a disaster. The \"Get Ready, Get Set\" section takes kids through the process of making a disaster and activity supply kit, writing a family disaster plan, protecting your home from a disaster, and dealing with pets during a disaster. A parents and teacher resource section can also be found on the site with links to curriculum ideas, articles on school and fire safety, and terrorism resources.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The site provides excellent content, but if kids don't use the back button well to navigate their way through layers of the site, they may get frustrated and have trouble finding what they need. The amount of resources and learning tools about disasters are worth the trouble, however, especially if a disaster has affected your area or family in some way.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what types of natural disasters are prevalent in their geographical area -- just click on a state in the "Go to the What's Happening Now" area to see what kind of disasters are typical. How can we be prepared for an earthquake (or fire, or flood)? What kinds of foods do we need to keep in the house and in the car? What other supplies do we need to stock up on? What should be our "just-in-case" family plan if there's a disaster?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 5 and 8 year old Written bykarinajohnson November 27, 2011
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Boring

It is not that good. Kids get bored on it very quickly and I don't blame them! It is educational and very age appropriate, but not at all fun.
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