Here There Everywhere

 

Learning(i)

Warm, optimistic news source delivers current event updates.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

News coverage includes stories about inspiring kids.

Violence & scariness

Articles on topics like the Boston Marathon bombing gently convey news by avoiding explicit details, highlighting rescue efforts, and reassuring readers they're safe.

Sexy stuff

A search for the word sex turns up just a few stories on talking to children about sexual abuse and same-sex marriage, which are informative, not salacious.

Language

User comments are mostly benign; kids post things like, "That's cool."

Consumerism

Some videos from other sources contain ads; the site includes an apology for not being able to remove them.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
A few stories touch on athlete steroid abuse, but generally, content shies away from drugs, drinking, and smoking.
 
Privacy & safety

Kids are asked for an email address and name when posting comments, but only their first name appears in posts. Users don't have profiles, so they can't easily interact with other site users, unless they try to connect on the site's Facebook page.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Here There Everywhere is a place where kids can go to stay current on news and events. Kids have to enter an email address and name when posting comments. If they're under 13, they're asked to submit a parent's email address. According to the site's privacy policy, it only collects non-personal information, such as a first name and an email address, if the user submits a comment or question. It's a nice introduction to keeping on top of what's going on in the world; though the site doesn't sugarcoat real news stories, it does offer gently positive viewpoints and answers questions alarmed kids may have.

 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • reading

Science

  • astronomy
  • weather

Social Studies

  • events
  • exploration
  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • asking questions
  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • personal growth

Communication

  • asking questions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Two articles are posted a week, so regular visitors may run out of reading material, and kids won't find many interactive exercises. Still, articles cover a range of topics, and kids can contribute by submitting comments and questions.

Learning Approach

Content isn't always evenly distributed; some topics may not get coverage for months. However, articles are written in an easy-to-understand, friendly tone and educate kids about science, politics, and other topics.

Support

Aside from a list of links to other educational sites, there aren't many extras. Additional materials to help teachers use the content and activities and to encourage parents and kids to use the site together would be a helpful resource.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • reading

Science

  • astronomy
  • weather

Social Studies

  • events
  • exploration
  • history

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • asking questions
  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • personal growth

Communication

  • asking questions

Kids can practice reading, think critically, form opinions, and ask questions. Sections cover history, science, health, politics, and U.S. news and inform kids about the world around them. There aren't specific resources for teachers to use news in the classroom. Kids won't find many activities to help them build on what they learn. The website contains interesting, kid-customized content, but it could benefit from more items designed to help kids process information.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

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What's it about?

HERE THERE EVERYWHERE is a website where kids can learn about what's going on in the news week by week. Claudia Heitler, whose journalism work has included a stint as a Today Show producer, began by relaying news to her children during bath time; hosting a monthly news discussion in her son's second-grade class; and, eventually, launching the site in 2010. Designed for kids in elementary school and up, it posts weekly updates in categories like health, politics, science, sports, U.S. news, and historical events. Kids also get a chance to voice an opinion by responding to polls and submitting questions for interviews.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 
Here There Everywhere provides background on select current events and other topics. The articles are written in a kid-friendly, excited tone and include photos and diagrams to help kids digest the information. The site is good at handling difficult stories like the Oklahoma tornado and the Boston Marathon bombing; instead of focusing on the harsh details, articles report the facts and include some positive affirmations about kids still being generally safe and about commendable rescue efforts. (Technically, many of the site's articles have a more essay-esque feel than traditional news articles, but it works for the younger audience.) Items that center on kids who have achieved admirable goals also provide a dose of inspiration. Kids won't find endless amounts of content -- approximately two stories are posted each week -- but they'll read interesting articles they can understand, which can ultimately encourage them to be aware of and appreciate the world around them.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how news is covered. What elements make an article interesting? How can you tell if its facts are substantiated?

  • Readers can share their thoughts by posting comments on the site. Discuss how kids can communicate their reactions to a topic in an effective way. What wording might they want to avoid so they don't sound accusatory?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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