HTE Kids News

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Much potential in site packaging current events for kids.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about current events from sports and politics to world events.  With the goal of getting young people "interested in the people and places shaping our world," HTE gives kids snippets of real-world news reports that may spark a deeper interest in current events. Additional features, short videos, a Kids' Corner for discussing current events, even more news topics that are about kids would help to better catch, and hold, kids' attention. Here There Everywhere is a good way to introduce kids to reading and commenting on the news.

Positive Messages

Sends message that it's important to know what's going on in world to be an informed, active member of your community, nation, world.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7-year-old Written byAlana P. February 2, 2018

Site Inactive

Looks like the site stopped publishing in spring 2017
Teen, 15 years old Written byMichaella M. September 8, 2013

kids news

the daily news for kids :)

What's it about?

HTE NEWS FOR KIDS is a website aimed at elementary school-aged kids to help spark their interest in events happening around the world, and the people that make them happen. It's written in a style that kids can read alone or with supervision.

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?

Website details

  • Genre: Civic Engagement
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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