What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the site offers a variety of reading-based activities including articles about animals, body language, and other topics. There are also kid-submitted stories, descriptions of what various careers entail, and more. Some areas are only accessible to registered users.
What's it about?
IMAGINATION CAFE offers articles; kid-submitted book reviews; and other education inspiration. Different sections stress positivity and personal growth in a subtle, but effective way; the quizzes, for example, mostly cover topics like friendship, but some touch on career aptitude and finance. The site strikes a nice balance between presenting information and lessons, such as in its Extra Helpings section, where kids' volunteering experiences are highlighted, along with information about getting involved with community organizations.
Is it any good?
Kids can drop by IMAGINATION CAFE to learn about a variety of topics ranging from articles on animals to celebs' embarrassing moments. Sections like the Tip Jar, featuring user-submitted book and movie reviews, offer a mix of light-hearted, upbeat things to read. The site's emphasis on learning and being ambitious, reflected in its volunteerism coverage and lengthy career section, is another positive aspect; kids can also benefit from helpful homework tips encouraging smart study habits. Imagination Cafe also serves up some just-for-fun activities -- including kid-friendly recipes, a monitored message board, and word puzzles and games.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about which websites are safe to post comments on -- if other user comments look OK, but the message board isn't supervised, should you post any information? What information, such as your full name or address, should you never post?
The site's Career-o-Rama section lists more than 30 types of jobs. Which ones spark your interest? How could your child start preparing now to someday land a dream job?
Another section covers volunteering, and offers links to kid-friendly community service organizations. What could your family do to help out in your area? Why is community service a good thing to do?