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Cute site covers the Hanukkah and Passover basics.





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Positive messages

The site encourages users -- both Jewish and non-Jewish -- to partake in site activities to appreciate loving, sharing, thinking, and caring.

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The site links to a Cafe Press gift shop with HanuKat t-shirts, hats, and other items.

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Kids don't need to register or provide a name or username to access any of the site's content.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this educational website designed for teachers and kids provides an overview of two major Jewish holidays -- Hannukah and Passover. The site's homepage contains links to several external sites, including Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube (including a HanuKat video supporting Obama). To sign up for the site's guest book, kids under age 14 are asked to have their parent register them. However, there doesn't appear to be any age verification -- and the link for registration wasn't functional on our visits.

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HANUKAT gives kids a chance to learn about the Hanukkah and Passover holidays by reading stories and doing creative activities like making a menorah. The site's Hanukkah section is bigger than its Passover portion; however, both provide a decent overview of each holiday and include brief lesson plan suggestions for teachers.

The site's holiday-related educational info is great -- as is its overall message of affection and caring. However, the design could be more dynamic. The homepage e-card link and guestbook registration link didn't work during our visits; and some of the site graphics look almost like clip art. The Hanukkah story pages have the most detailed images and are most likely to capture kids' interest. However, there are only a few stories to read -- and because most of the site activities are .pdfs that need to be printed out, some users may not find many reasons to hang out on HanuKat for long.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how they protect their privacy when online and what kind of computer time limits they use.

  • What have you learned from the site about both Hanukkah and Passover? Why do different faiths celebrate different holidays?

  • According to the site, Hanukkah and Passover emphasize loving, sharing, thinking, and caring. How do you try to emphasize and do those things in your life?

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