What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this site works as a browser for little kids, organizing kid-friendly areas of the web especially for them.
What's it about?
KOLJUNIOR organizes kid-friendly topics into neat categories. There are games, cartoons, music, printables, and stories. Perhaps most importantly, there's a filtered search box, where kids can search for anything they want and the results will be age-appropriate. But even without searching the web, kids will find a lot to entertain them on this site. In the Stories section, the stories are told audibly as each word is highlighted. The Games section revolves around the themes of colors, shapes, numbers, and letters. The Printables section offers coloring pages for Miffy, Pilar the Pony, and Kimmee from Hi-5.
Is it any good?
KOLJunior makes the web navigable for kids and is a fine stepping stone to becoming Internet savvy. While there is a strong emphasis on entertainment, there's certainly lots of quality music, books, and educational games to elevate the site's overall offerings. Parents may want to make some rules about whether little kids can visit this site's older sibling, KOL.com, because that site has lots of celebrity news, streaming radio, as well as the ability to send email.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why it's important for young kids to have a safe place to call home on the web. Kids may not completely understand why they shouldn't search for anything they want on google. Talk about the benefits of organizing information into categories that little kids are interested in.