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Kidipede: History For Kids

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Dig into the fun history, but ignore strange ads.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

History doesn't have to be complicated, and it can even be fun and interactive.

Violence

Any talk about wars is historical and not gratuitous.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Website details

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

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Kid, 10 years old August 22, 2009

boring

boring but good homework help lots of pop ups
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Too much consumerism
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Kid, 12 years old March 19, 2010
Adult Written byFaraz Ahmed August 10, 2011

Nice website

After all i found this website an educational and it would like to say it is good for kids they must read to enhance their history. Regards F.Ahmed
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