A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Encourages kids to dig further into subjects by using the Internet as a research tool. Also encourages kids to ask librarians for help directly through the "Ask an ipl2 Librarian" tab.
Violence & Scariness
Some of the links in the World section may include information on war or references to violence in history.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some of the links in the Health and Nutrition section include information on puberty, sexuality, and other sensitive topics that parents may want to read with their kids or beforehand.
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While there's no inappropriate language used on this site, it links to many outside sites.
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Products & Purchases
The site has no ads, but links to some sites that do have ads.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some sites in the Health and Nutrition section discuss the use of illegal drugs, but in clearly negative ways.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that ipl2 for Kids is a section of the huge Internet Public Library experimental resource, which is created and maintained by professors and students at library and information science programs. The site is organized by subject and does link to other sites. It may be a bit too cluttered for younger students to find what they're looking for on their own, but for older students, parents, and teachers, it's a well-stocked resource. Kids can submit a question (barring medical, legal, tax, and personal opinion) to a volunteer librarian and receive a well-researched answer back within about a week.
Is It Any Good?
Generally, IPL2 is a top-notch site. But with thousands of other sites linked to here, some may be objectionable to some parents, while others may be age-appropriate only for older kids. Design-savvy kids may find this site less attractive than some other popular educational sites. It's still worth a look-see, though, for the uber amounts of research that have clearly gone into compiling all of this information onto one site -- and for the great individualized help via "Ask an ipl2 Librarian."
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