InnerBody

Common Sense Media says

Have fun with anatomy using 3-D images, interactive tools.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Site covers the male and female reproductive systems.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

There are a lot of health and education related ads that tend to compete with the main information on the page.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this interactive guide to human anatomy uses 3D illustrations and text to show and describe the human body, from skull to distal phalanx (or, head to toe). InnerBody features over 1500 objects in the body’s 13 major anatomical systems with interactive options that allow users to change gender, viewing angle, or to zoom in. The descriptions can be easily understood by a high school biology student or a middle-schooler with an interest in life science.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • biology

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • part-whole relationships

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet
  • body awareness
  • fitness

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Graphics are plentiful, but the app needs a design update. More consistent use of graphics as well as photos and videos would better help kids visualize what they can't see. Simple tools allow users to explore tiny details.

Learning Approach

Tools help locate bodily objects, show their orientation in the body, and reveal different systems within the same region. The tools are unavailable for some objects at the organ and tissue level.

Support

A video tutorial shows how to best use the interactive tools. A section about anatomy-related careers covers the required education, training, skills, certification, and salary information for healthcare jobs.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • biology

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • part-whole relationships

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet
  • body awareness
  • fitness

Kids can learn the names and functions of over 1500 objects from the body’s 13 major anatomical systems. The descriptions and full-color 3D images identify and explain functions and relationships within each system. A video tutorial shows how to make the most of the interactive tools but adding a few learning activities (games, quizzes, puzzles, etc.) would help kids remember the facts. InnerBody can show kids how biology relates to everyday movement and functioning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Michelle Kitt

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

InnerBody is organized by body system. Kids choose one to explore, and click to zoom in. If they roll the mouse over a body part, they will see it labeled and described. For harder to see objects, they can click the name of a body part from a list. With interactive tools, kids can compare males and females, change anatomical views, and zoom in for close looks at lesser known body parts. The “Change Anatomical System” tool lets kids seamlessly investigate different systems within the same region of the body.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

As free anatomy sites go, the realistic illustrations and detailed descriptions from the award-winning InnerBody are better than most. Its interactive tools give users control over how they explore the human body, and the “Change Anatomical System” feature is unique. However, advertisements are a fact of life on free sites, and while InnerBody’s ads are topical, they are invasive. They distract users and force all of the good anatomy information into awkward pop-up boxes that sometimes require an extra click to get it all. Overall InnerBody is a good, interactive companion to a biology class or text if you can get past the offers to solve lower back pain issues, get your social work degree, or donate your body to science.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how our bodies react to different situations. When was the last time you felt stressed? Scared? Angry? Embarrassed? How do our bodies respond to changes in our thoughts or feelings?

  • Practice associating physical symptoms to emotions (“I blush when I feel embarrassed,” “My heart races when I feel angry,”) to help kids understand their anxious or nervous reactions. Learn relaxation techniques such deep breathing, stretching, or walking to regain control.

  • Active games give all kids an opportunity to maintain good physical health and can even engage kids with little interest in competitive athletics. Check out some of our favorite active games for kids, or for the whole family, too!

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Science and nature
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 12 years old August 28, 2012
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Middle school and up

Its cool and good for learning.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 15 years old Written bykatcar12 July 21, 2012
AGE
10
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Really cool website!

It's a cool website that really shows what's going on inside of you... Digestive system, male and female reproductive systems, the nervous system, the respiratory system, and all of the other systems. It's a very interesting website and I recommend it!!! The only downside to it is that it is VERY graphic! I don't recommend it for young children!
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Written byAnonymous April 21, 2013
AGE
18
QUALITY
 

Not for kids.

Not for kids Sex: They also use Male & Female Nudity which is inappropriate for kids.
What other families should know
Too much sex

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