Kidipede: History For Kids
By Dana Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Dig into the fun history, but ignore strange ads.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about a wide scope of history topics (as well as some math and science subjects) on Kidipede: History for Kids. The kid-friendly world history content site includes well-written articles and engaging photos that can help kids learn about everything from a topic as broad as the Middle Ages to details of history like the use of figs in ancient Rome. Kids will learn about events, people, (loosely structured) timelines, and more. Some sections also have activity and craft ideas. Other than the distracting ads, Kidipede: History for Kids is a top-notch site for history research for kids, especially those in middle school.
History doesn't have to be complicated, and it can even be fun and interactive.
Violence & Scariness
Any talk about wars is historical and not gratuitous.
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Products & Purchases
The .org domain on this site doesn't jibe with the myriad ads for everything from credit cards to women's cosmetics. Current information on the site suggests that if enough site visitors purchase a subscription for $1.25/month, the ads will disappear. There are also topic-based book recommendations that link to sellers.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kidipede: History for Kids is a well-organized -- albeit a bit dry -- homework and report helper for middle schoolers. While most pages are up-to-date and helpful, there are some broken links on the site, and the many flashing ads for things like phone service and credit cards are distracting. The site's creator offers information on how to cite information found on this website in school papers, which kids need as schools demand better citations of online resources to fight plagiarism. Overall, Kidipede: History for Kids is an excellent, extensive history facts resource for kids.
Based on 3 parent reviews
Racist and anti-American cartoons disguised as humor
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What’s It About?
Kids looking for history information (as well as a few math and science subjects, too) can search the topics -- organized by time period, geographic area, subject, or culture -- on KIDIPEDE: HISTORY FOR KIDS. The site is divided neatly into categories and subcategories (India, then Indian History, Indian Food, Indian Art, etc.) and photos accompany each subject. The site includes a brief primer on citing it as a source in reports, it's easy to navigate, and it's generally well-organized, as long as kids don't get distracted by the ads.
Is It Any Good?
The content and photos on this site are age-appropriate and engaging. It's just too bad the same can't be said for the ads, which are often geared toward adults. Before your child starts researching ancient China or Islamic history on this site, you may want to take a look at the ad content in the relevant sections.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about using the Internet for homework help. What are safe sites to browse?
Discuss why appropriate citation is important when writing school reports. Read Common Sense Media's Be a Good Digital Citizen tipsheet.
Also, discuss tips on how to ignore Internet ads. Just because something is flashing "Win $500!" do you have to click on it?
- Subjects: Math: addition, arithmetic, division, equations, fractions, geometry, multiplication, shapes, subtraction, Social Studies: cultural understanding, events, exploration, global awareness, historical figures, history, timelines, Science: biology, chemistry, geology, physics
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: History
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: November 4, 2015
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