A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn in-depth information about any subject ranging from culture to science. The Grand Canyon, diesel engines, fine china, Spiderman’s psyche, and vaccines all await exploration with just a few mouse clicks. In addition to the trademark “How Does [insert topic here] Work?” articles, companion pieces and videos can give kids a deeper dive into the subject matter. The site also covers more personal topics, including articles about relationships, drugs, and sex. On HowStuffWorks, no topic is too large or small to cover. Approach this treasure trove of information with a topic in mind to manage the content blitz.
The site encourages learning the odds and ends of simple and complex topics for a better understanding of what makes the world go 'round.
Violence & Scariness
Articles topics include dangerous animals, war, and violent crimes such as rape, as well as the history of particular weapons. Searches may result in links to iffy sites such ammunitions dealers in "sponsored results" ads.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Historical articles reference prostitution and break down the history of "kissing"; other article topics include orgasm and oral sex. There are also sections on human reproduction. Diagrams are anatomical, and animations are kid-friendly cartoons. The site includes a resource for parents explaining sex to kids entitled "Makin' Babies," with topics from conception to childbirth. There's a less-detailed version for younger kids. Searches for sex-related terms may turn up "sponsored results" ads for sexy screensavers, dating services, etc.
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Products & Purchases
The site's consumer focus, while quite prevalent, is not force-fed. Along with links to commercial sites and many ads, an article page may also include links to the HowStuffWorks Consumer Guide, a partner site that offers product and price comparisons, reviews, and other articles.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Entries about illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco are informative, not glorified. Some even link to sites that promote a drug-free lifestyle.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that HowStuffWorks.com is an award-winning educational site that provides historical information about many age-appropriate topics (these topics include, but aren't limited to, animals, culture, automobiles, politics, money, science, and entertainment). Articles use simple terms to be accessible to a wide age range. The topics that are iffy for younger kids -- drugs, alcohol, sex, weapons, etc. -- are handled in a scientific or historical way. Parents should be aware that sponsored search results and Google Ads may contain inappropriate content.
Is It Any Good?
Along with being noted as Time Magazine's "25 Web Sites We Can't Live Without," HOWSTUFFWORKS.COM is also the rightful winner of multiple Webby awards. The site provides a wealth of information and is an excellent learning tool for kids with lots of nuts-and-bolts questions. HowStuffWorks.com is a great source for researching school projects or just discovering something new. It has successfully covered articles on both everyday stuff (energy drinks, laughter, allergies) and not-so-everyday stuff (black holes, lie detectors, symbiosis). That said, the site definitely sells and promotes more than free knowledge (Consumer Guide is a partner), and searches also scour the entire web, offering sponsored results (aka places to spend money), followed by the site's links. Users should understand that some material is not for younger kids, but overall this is a sanctuary that gets to the heart of comprehending many of life's inquiries.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.