A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this news site is designed for tweens, and as such, does not carry super-heavy topics like war and violence. This might be good news for younger kids, but older teens would need a more serious news site in order to stay fully informed on today's topics.
Is it any good?
NEWZ MASH does a good job of providing timely content to kids (especially those between 7-14) in a manner that's just right for their age and reading capabilities. There are graphics and videos, but not so much that this site becomes a techno-fest full of distractions from the actual information. The articles are short and to the point and in just ten minutes a visitor can get the scoop on Dancing with the Stars, melting icebergs, the World Cup, and new fossil findings.
What they won't get is bad news and violent stories typically found on mainstream news sites. Also, Newz Mash's reporting can be clumsy, as in this line from an article on the history of Thanksgiving: "Historians (experts in their understanding of history) believe that the pilgrims first landed at Provincetown (not Plymouth). Still, people can still visit Plymouth Rock. There is actually a rock." But the site is saved by its variety of news stories along with some off-beat fun and educational content like the "Picture of the Day" feature and interactive mind games.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why it's important to stay informed about current events. Why should events that occur on the other side of the globe matter to you? How do current events directly impact your life? Can you name a few news stories that directly affected you this year?
Families can talk about news outlets. How important is it to know about where you are getting your news? Do certain news outlets, like websites, cable news networks, and newspapers have a certain angle or a certain group they are catering to? Compare how two news outlets differ and how they are the same?
Families can talk about the basic practices of good journalism. Should a reporter be objective when telling a news story? What does objective even mean? Can you find examples of objective journalism and examples that aren't?
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