A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that HTE Kids News is a current events site designed for elementary school age kids who want to read the news for themselves. All news stories are told here through written text and photos or video. The site says that the topics chosen are all kid-friendly, so kids can read the stories with or without a caregiver present. But parents may want to tell kids they shouldn't post their first and last names when commenting on a story and discuss other rules for appropriate commenting, since the site itself doesn't offer any guidelines.
What's it about?
Is it any good?
Kids today can benefit from a solid, filtered source of daily news written at their level. When that source is coordinated by a network news insider, that's a good sign that HTE Kids News could become the valued go-to news resource for kids, parents, and teachers. Recent stories posted include the presidential debate, Lance Armstrong and Hurricane Sandy. But what needs improvement are some specific guidelines for kids about safe commenting, more ways for kids to interact with the news (such as the excellent Q&A exchange with the astronaut or kids writing some stories themselves), and more interactivity on the site itself (quizzes, games, maps). Currently, HTE Kids News may not keep the attention of kids who aren't news junkies by nature. But with more growth, it holds a lot of promise as an excellent current events site for kids.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why it's important to keep up with the news of the day, and not just the stuff you're naturally interested in such as sports or celebrity news. Why does political news matter to kids? Or science news? International news?
Talk about being responsible online, and knowing the internet's Rules of the Road. Why should you be careful about what you post online?
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