London 2012 Olympics

 
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Official Olympics site is safe for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Seeing top athletes in action can inspire and motivate kids to pursue their dreams.

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Consumerism

There are some ads and an online store.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that LONDON 2012, the official site of the 2012 Summer Olympics, is safe for kids. There are some ads and opportunities to buy Olympics merchandise, but the site isn't aggressively commercial.

What kids can learn

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Social Studies

  • geography

What Kids Can Learn

London 2012 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. Although the site's learning potential is minimal, London 2012 may spark kids' interest in new sports. Parents can also take the opportunity to talk about the different countries that are represented.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Social Studies

  • geography

London 2012 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. Although the site's learning potential is minimal, London 2012 may spark kids' interest in new sports. Parents can also take the opportunity to talk about the different countries that are represented.

This Learning Rating review was written by Susan Yudt

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What's it about?

LONDON 2012 provides a comprehensive guide to the Summer Olympics, including schedules, results, and news stories, as well as photo galleries and videos. Kids can read up on the history of each event and find vital stats on athletes and the countries they represent. A My Olympics widget lets you follow specific events and countries. A lot of the site is geared toward people who are attending the games or who live in London and want to participate in Olympics-related festivals and programs.

Is it any good?

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Visitors looking for comprehensive, up-to-the-minute info on the Games will find it here. The profiles of each event are a highlight, providing fun facts, a history of the sport, and photos that capture the athletes in action. If you're looking for content that's specifically designed for kids, you'll have to dig deep -- under Join In, then Education, there's a link to Get Set, a site designed to be used by educators and their students. Adding more interactive content or kid-friendly features to the main site could up the fun factor, but fans will find what they need here to keep up with the Games.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the Olympics and the role models that will emerge from the games. Have you admired any athletes? Do you admire them for their performance capabilities or for the challenges they've overcome?

  • Families can talk about what it takes to be an Olympic athelete. These competitiors may make what they do seem easy, but how much training do you think it takes to get to this level of skill and athleticism? What lessons can you take from their stories to inspire you to stay motivated toward reaching your goals?

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Genre:Fan Sites
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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