Parents' Guide to

National Geographic Education

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Rich resource preps kids to be conscientious citizens.

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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.

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