National Geographic Kids
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that among its educational games, kid-friendly information, and great footage, this online component to National Geographic Kids magazine does have some scary videos that feature animals stalking and attacking their prey. Banner ads offer subscriptions to magazines and also feature other organizations, but are clearly marked and unobtrusive. There's also a link to the main National Geographic site and its store.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- global awareness
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
- applying information
Responsibility & Ethics
- honoring the community
Engagement, Approach, Support
Video clips, cartoons, games, and hands-on activities are sure to captivate elementary and middle school-age kids.
A vast array of resources provides almost every learning opportunity imaginable, including instructional videos, hands-on experiments, games, and profiles of animals and countries.
Content is accessible to younger children through audio and video resources that don't require reading, as well as lots of age-appropriate guidance throughout.
What's it about?
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC KIDS features educational games, videos, and other activities, centered mostly on animals and the natural world. There's also a section that gives readers a virtual tour of different countries, featuring fun facts, maps, and e-cards. Kids can contribute to the site by posting comments (which are moderated), voting in polls, submitting their own photos, and more.
Is it any good?
As in the real world, there's a lot to explore on National Geographic Kids. Young visitors will love playing the games, doing the activities, and clicking through to related kid-friendly sites. Just be aware that some of the videos do show big teeth and animals killing prey, which may be scary or disturbing for some kids.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about using animals to promote learning. How can learning about a lion in Africa teach you about the world? Kids will love a trip to the zoo or library to learn more about favorite animals they see on the site.
What kinds of animals do you see in your neighborhood? How does our presence affect them?