National Geographic Kids

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Lots of educational content, but stuffed with ads, promos.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 5 reviews

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about animals, the environment, geography, and more on National Geographic Kids, the online presence of the popular nature magazine. Dozens of games, videos, photos, stories, and other activities illustrate animal behavior, cultural practices, and historical sites from around the world, as well as scientific topics ranging from the solar system to how your brain views light. Lessons about the importance of taking care of the environment are seamlessly woven into the content. With a seemingly endless supply of activities, National Geographic Kids offers quality learning experiences for kids thanks to its compelling content, which should interest a variety of ages.

Positive Messages

Encourages kids to be environmentally responsible.

Violence & Scariness

Some video images (such as a crocodile attacking its prey) may be a bit intense for sensitive kids. But many use humor to lighten the mood, and predator scenes are fairly brief.

Sexy Stuff

Ads prompt users to subscribe to National Geographic's magazine on nearly every page. Also a link to main National Geographic site, which has an extensive online store. Some content only accessible through paid subscription ($4.99 or $29/month).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that National Geographic Kids is the online component to National Geographic Kids magazine. Among its educational games, kid-friendly information, and great footage, the site has a few videos that feature animals stalking and attacking their prey. Administrators approve all photos that kids upload to their site profiles and the My Shot photo gallery, and comments also require approval, which helps prevent bad language and other issues. Kids will need a paid subscription to access certain items on the site. Parents also should be aware that there are ads prompting users to subscribe to National Geographic on every page and a link to the main National Geographic site, which has an extensive store. Also, some content is only available through a paid subscription, which is $4.99 a month or $29 a year.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bymsmishkin April 4, 2014
Adult Written byenglishteacherandmom February 26, 2014

Advertising, product, links and very little science

We have been gifts Nat'l Geographic Kids twice, and both times I wish I had the guts to ask the gifter not to bother. Advertisements are integrated into ma... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old March 16, 2021

It's Okkkkaaaaayyyyy...

The sience is more of "Did you know!" and trivia. And there is a LOT of "OH! Get the subscriptions!" And, I don't know if it's jus... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byChild of saltwater July 2, 2019

What's it about?

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS features educational games, videos, and other activities, centered mostly on animals and the natural world. Kids also can get a virtual tour of different countries, featuring fun facts and other information. They can contribute to the site by posting comments (which are moderated), answering quizzes, and submitting photos.

Is it any good?

There's lots to explore on this animal- and geography-based site, thanks to its diverse array of activities. Younger kids should enjoy playing the games, which include clear instructions and multiple difficulty levels, and they often reinforce memory, logic, and other skills. The site’s videos are high-quality productions, and with many being only about a minute long, they're perfectly timed for even the shortest of attention spans. Kids also can get outdoor learning activity ideas, read animal fact sheets, view user photos, and share their own.

National Geographic Kids is a treasure trove of educational information. Parents can use the games, videos, and other resources to teach kids about animals, other countries, science, and related topics. A fair amount of the content is only available with a paid subscription ($4.99 a month or $29 a year), which can be a little frustrating if kids are interested in a particular subject. For general learning purposes, though, there are plenty of free items on the site to keep kids entertained for quite a while.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using animals to promote learning. How can learning about a lion in Africa teach you about the world?

  • What kinds of animals do you see in your neighborhood? How does our presence affect them?

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For kids who love animals and the world

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