iCivics

Website review by
Conny Coon, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Engaging games give kids safe, smart civics lessons.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about civics subjects such as the Bill of Rights, The Constitution, the court system, state and local government, freedom of speech, and public policy. They not only learn these concepts in general, but also see how they apply to their own lives and community. Kids can play games that let them choose the appropriate law, action, or solution and pick the proper argument to win a make-believe case. iCivics' entertaining and age-appropriate approach makes always-important civics subjects relevant for everyone.
 

Positive Messages

An active engagement in community and government is encouraged throughout. A spirit of citizenship and volunteerism is also fostered. "Impact points" earned by game play can be applied to real community service projects; at the end of three months, those projects with the most points are awarded a substantial prize.
 

Violence

Some silly cartoon antics appear on several games, including anvils that are tossed toward -- but never on -- animated characters.
 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that iCivics is a safe, educational site designed to help kids learn (and teachers teach) about civics topics, including democracy, constitutional law, the branches of government, elections, and campaigns. Using engaging, interactive games and innovative educational materials, the site aims to prepare American kids to become knowledgeable, engaged citizens of the 21st century. Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor founded iCivics in 2009 to reverse the nation's declining civic knowledge and participation and to foster an understanding and respect for the U.S.'s system of governance. Kids, parents, and teachers alike will find a wealth of useful and entertaining materials at their fingertips.
 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byPat C. August 20, 2017

Disappointed teacher

I used iCivics for a semester for my 9-11 yo class at a homeschool resource center. I liked the organization. It gave me a bit of a jumping off point when I was... Continue reading
Adult Written bybrennanh March 5, 2016

18 and still love it

I first played on iCivics in history class in Jr. High. I still play it as a senior in high school and still learn a lot and have fun. Executive command and win... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 28, 2013

Read Me

Hi.
This website is amazing! There are so much things to do on this website.
The cirriculum is from being the president for a day, (Executive Command) to help... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMoonstar2024 October 20, 2017

A great way to learn about how our government works

I love this website and think it's a fun way to learn how our government works.

What's it about?

iCIVICS is essentially an engaging educational site cleverly disguised as a gaming spot, with innovative games, cute animated characters (Liberty Belle and Chuck Freepress), and a real-world reward component. The more games you play and the more "Impact points" you earn, the more impact kids can have on an actual community service project. Games focus on core civics concepts such as rights, the court system, governance, freedom of speech, and constitutional law. Each game is creatively executed and educates while it entertains. Instructions and information are clearly presented and easy for tweens and teens to comprehend. Kids can drop in to play or become members and create a safe account that enables them to save in-game progress, unlock special features, and compete with other members. Educators have access to free, standards-aligned civics curriculum and comprehensive teaching materials.

Is it any good?

Who says studying civics can't be fun? At iCivics, learning about government, citizenship, civil rights, politics, public policy, and The Constitution is exciting, entertaining, and engaging. Through interactive games ("Cast Your Vote," Immigration Nation," "Responsibility Launcher"), kids can get a grasp of often-complicated concepts and improve their understanding of civics curriculum. Educators of all levels can turn to these online tools to supplement their in-class teaching and turn kids on to some of the more staid civics lessons through gameplay. The language and look used throughout iCivics is geared to the computer-savvy student and it offers a fresh, fun-filled way to learn through play.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of understanding democracy and how our nation's government works.

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  • Talk about how the Internet is a valuable tool for helping with school subjects such as social studies and math.

  • Talk about the importance of making smart decisions about technology even when it's being used to help with schoolwork and learning.

Website details

  • Subjects: Social Studies: citizenship, government, power structures
  • Skills: Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, honoring the community, respect for others
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: October 17, 2019

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