National Geographic Education

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Rich resource preps kids to be conscientious citizens.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about topics such as science, geography, animals, world events, global citizenship, and ecology. They'll see vivid examples of how various scientific elements and theories work, by viewing a wave simulator, map-making kits, or planet size and other illustrations. Scientific news items are also posted regularly on the site. Much of the content encourages kids to develop critical-thinking skills and understand how certain issues and situations are part of a bigger picture. National Geographic Education emphasizes how kids can become responsible global citizens and take care of the world's resources, animals, and people.

Positive Messages

Kids get pick-me-up ideas to help cure the planet's many ailments.

Violence & Scariness

Videos include clips of animals hunting, catching, and eating prey, including reenactments that show humans being chased. Kids may also see coverage of war, regional conflicts, and other world events.

Sexy Stuff

Videos and other exercises touch on sexual selection in the animal kingdom, breeding, and related topics.


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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that National Geographic Education focuses heavily on science, world events, and history. It contains a vast amount of multimedia content -- including videos, photos, games, and at-home activity suggestions. Coverage of what might be sensitive topics, such as animals hunting and world conflict zones, is handled in a respectable, informative, and balanced way. Users interested in finding out about the site's use of personal information should check out its privacy policy here

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymimijoe123789 May 2, 2016

What's it about?

National Geographic Education is a massive database of high-quality educational content, searchable by grade level, subject, resource type, or audience: either educators, families, or students. The site offers a number of online and offline activities. You can also access content packages that include elements such as photos, articles, maps, and project ideas centered on a common theme (for example, natural disasters).

Is it any good?

Kids and parents will find fascinating information they both should enjoy pouring through. Videos and photos of animals, natural phenomena, world events, and more give kids a firsthand look at the world and truly make learning come alive, in classic NatGeo style. Thoughtful offline activities and reference materials (encyclopedias, maps) complement the media offerings, and several of the games, which range from storybook-like retellings of the Salem witch trials to a sunken-treasure-hunt game, are impressive and entertaining.

Site resources address historical subjects and a wide variety of science topics, such as animals, climate change, ecosystems, energy, migration, the ocean, and weather, as well as coverage of some very real current events happening in the world. The content is well-labeled; each item is marked as a video, an article, or another item. As a plus for parents, users can also search for items to suit specific grade levels. With this seemingly endless supply of resources, it could be easy for kids to get lost clicking on one link after another. Lots of reading material means that younger viewers may need some help navigating the site, but they should find plenty on National Geographic Education to pique their interest.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about some of the current events (political or geographical, for example) described on the site. Why is it important to know what's going on in the world?

  • Discuss some of the environmental issues explored on the site with your kids. What small things can they do to make a difference? Check the Get Involved section for citizen science projects and more.

  • What scientific subjects on the site interest your child? Look up at-home activities together to test out related principles.

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