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National Geographic Kids



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

What parents need to know

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
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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
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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.

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.

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?

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

Website details

Subjects:Language & Reading: reading
Science: animals, ecosystems, plants
Social Studies: geography, global awareness
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, investigation, memorization, solving puzzles
Creativity: imagination
Responsibility & Ethics: honoring the community
Topics:Science and nature, Wild animals
Pricing structure:Paid, Free (Some content is available for free; premium content costs from $4.99 a month to $39 a year.)

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 October 2, 2012

national geographic kids

favorite animals they see on the site. What kinds of animals do you see in your neighborhood? How does our presence affect them?
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent Written bymsmishkin April 4, 2014
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Great messages
Teen, 15 years old Written byminnie95 September 8, 2013


very good website for science etc and have an area for the little kids :) recipes,art,craft,games,videos and more!
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