A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that KidsClick!, a site directory and search engine created and maintained by librarians, links to some topics that may be considered controversial, but the site's policy is to catalog resources that provide objective, age-appropriate information so kids can understand these topics when they come up in the news. The site's administrators won't list sites that collect private information (such as full names and phone numbers), charge a fee, are product-driven, or promote violence, hatred, or illegal activities.
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What's it about?
From aardvarks to zoos -- and more than 600 subjects in between -- KIDSCLICK.ORG has something for every surfer. Kids can browse by topic or use a search engine, and each site cataloged includes a description and reading level. Site features range from homework helpers to fun stuff like classic arcade games and origami instruction. There's also help for kids facing tough issues like bullying or the death of a family member, and a special section with resources for kids affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Is it any good?
KIDSCLICK! isn't the most sophisticated site -- especially when it comes to design -- but it offers an impressive breadth of information along the lines of what kids might find in libraries. Since the site was created and maintained by librarians, parents can rest assured that the resources provided are credible. A directory of sites focused on images provides a safe alternative to regular search engines.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why it may be better to go to a kid-safe site like KidsClick! than to Google to find the best age-appropriate, reliable information.
What are the benefits of having search engines and sites designed just for kids? What are safe sites to browse? How can you tell which sites you can trust?
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