Kids' Planet

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Wildlife site encourages kids to conserve.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational Value

Kids can learn the facts about more than 50 species of animals on Kids' Planet, an educational site created by the nonprofit organization Defenders of Wildlife. Fact sheets discuss each animal's habitat, diet, and behavior, and an in-depth publication explains how dogs evolved from wolves. Kids will also learn about endangered species and what steps they can do to protect them, including writing letters to elected representatives and holding fundraisers at school. Kids' Planet features comprehensive information about many kids' favorite subject; more interactivity on the site might keep kids more engaged.

Positive Messages

Kids are encouraged to help save animals and their habitats.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kids' Planet was created by Defenders of Wildlife, a nonprofit organization that works to protect animals and their habitats. Some links send kids to pages on the organization's main website that ask them to donate and "adopt an animal." (There's an intermediate screen that asks them to get a parent's permission first.)

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3, 7, and 7 year old Written bymamofthree January 4, 2013

very good

my girls enjoyed it learning about different animals, my 3 year old enjoyed looking at the pictures
Kid, 7 years old September 27, 2012

good things

good website not like cbbc

What's it about?

Created by the nonprofit organization Defenders of Wildlife, KIDS' PLANET features games, activities, and fact sheets about animals and their habitats. Wild Games includes animal-themed classics like concentration, a sliding puzzle, and a word search. There are also pages to print out and color, an illustrated story called \"Web of Life,\" a section dedicated to preserving the wolf population, and a kids' guide to protecting the environment.

Is it any good?

Kids' Planet delivers fun, relevant information in both online and offline activities, and the guide that offers conservation tips is well done. Older kids (and web-savvy younger ones) might find it a bit unsophisticated, though. The games are pretty simple and don't always run correctly, and the text-based "Web of Life" story would be more engaging if done in an interactive format.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about animals and their habitats. What different animals live in the ocean, in a jungle, or in your own neighborhood?

  • Families can also talk about endangered species. What things have caused animals to become endangered? What are people doing to prevent more animals from becoming endangered or extinct?

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