Parents' Guide to

National Geographic Kids

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Lots of educational content, but stuffed with ads, promos.

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age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 8+

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 many pieces in the magazine, from the comic strip featuring Pepperidge Farms Goldfish to the quiz which includes questions about specific products and websites such as "Animal Jam." The features and information are more trivia- related than actually scientific. Science can be presented at a level appropriate for kids but without dumbing it down. For parents who limit screen time, literally every page of the magazine recommends going online to learn more.
age 5+

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Unclear whether personal information are shared for third-party marketing.
  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • Unclear whether this product uses a user's information to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Unclear whether this product creates and uses data profiles for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (6 ):

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.

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