Parents' Guide to

Mad Science Kids Club

By Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Science meets social networking on safe kids' site.

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Mad Science is an international, for-profit franchise that delivers science education programs to schools, parties, museums, and more. Its new online venture, MAD SCIENCE KIDS CLUB, aims to create a science-based social networking presence that's safe for younger kids. It certainly scores in that regard, offering age-appropriate content and extensive parental controls. The social aspect hasn't really taken off yet; the site's groups and user-generated content aren't particularly robust. More engaging are the games, which range from arcade-style offerings to educational puzzles and word exercises. The site also offers several intriguing applications, such as Lab Rat, in which scientists answer kids' questions; visitors must pay to access them.

Online interaction: Kids can make friends, post comments, and join and create groups. Interactions are friendly and respectful.

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