A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about historical eras, government actions, and other topics. Finding materials will give kids a chance to learn about research and finding data online. They'll see different kinds of official documents, ranging from famed U.S. historical items to land records, and can learn about their family tree, genealogy research, and Americans' experience coming to the U.S. several decades ago. The amount of information may be initially overwhelming, but they can learn to target specific topics and projects.
The site encourages users to explore and appreciate history.
Violence & Scariness
The site has some statistical information about events like murders but doesn't really feature graphic material.
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A few entries contain references to swear words, although the documents are generally academic. An article contains the word "s--t," for example, and "f--k" is used in a White House interview transcript.
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Products & Purchases
An online store sells books, document copies, apparel, and other merchandise, but kids won't be exposed to ads.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) website features legal and historical records, documents, and other materials from the federal government. Most docs can be accessed online, but you'll have to send away for some. Users can post comments on blog items, but they won't appear until a moderator approves them. Comments, which are reviewed and posted Monday through Friday, can't contain bad language, hurtful comments, or other inappropriate content. It's a place for serious research, and if your kids are history buffs and want to see the real thing, this is a resource they'll appreciate.
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