National Geographic Kids

 
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Learning(i)

Learn about the world and its inhabitants.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site encourages kids to be environmentally responsible.

Violence & scariness

Some of the videos' images (like a cheetah attacking its prey) and voiceovers can be scary for sensitive kids.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Banner ads promote the magazines and other Earth-related organizations.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids can register by creating a user name and submitting a parent's email address. All user comments are reviewed before they're posted.

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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Science

  • animals
  • ecosystems
  • plants

Social Studies

  • geography
  • global awareness

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • investigation
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • imagination

Responsibility & Ethics

  • honoring the community

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Video clips, cartoons, games, and hands-on activities are sure to captivate elementary and middle school-age kids.

Learning Approach

A vast array of resources provides almost every learning opportunity imaginable, including instructional videos, hands-on experiments, games, and profiles of animals and countries.

Support

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Science

  • animals
  • ecosystems
  • plants

Social Studies

  • geography
  • global awareness

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • investigation
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • imagination

Responsibility & Ethics

  • honoring the community

Kids can learn about animals, the environment, geography, and more on National Geographic Kids, the online presence of the popular nature magazine. Hundreds of games, videos, photos, stories, and other activities bring the natural world to life. 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 can keep kids occupied for hours -- and teach them a lot along the way.

This Learning Rating review was written by Susan Yudt

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?

QUALITY
 

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?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Wild animals
Price:Free-$5.95/month
Pricing structure:Free, Paid

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent Written bymsmishkin April 4, 2014
 
What other families should know
Great messages
Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 October 2, 2012
 
LEARNING

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
Teen, 15 years old Written byminnie95 September 8, 2013
 

brillant!

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