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By Karen Wirsing, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Excellent tool for kids with nuts-and-bolts questions.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this website.

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age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Has a very explicit sexual health section

Some great stuff about science, but hidden in this website are very explicit sections about sexual health that is absolutely not child friendly and the website does not actually say that it is for kids.
age 18+

Be afraid that this website will come after you

This place is garbage. Please don't allow your children to visit this site. They run the risk of having a copyright infringement case filed against them. I posted a link to their website on Yahoo Answers and received an infringement violation 2 years later. This website files complaints against people who drive traffic to their website and complains about people who DON'T INFRINGE ON COPYRIGHT MATERIAL.

Is It Any Good?

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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. 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.

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