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NickJr.com

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Smart preschool fun; some clips require cable subscription.
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What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn about basic math skills, such as counting and patterns, and word recognition, as well as related skills such as spelling and reading through games. Videos that feature closed-captioning also can provide reading practice. To find out which skills each activity involves, click on the information icon in the upper right-hand corner, which provides more information about the suggested age and intent. NickJr.com gives kids a safe site to watch kid-friendly content, while they learn about, for example, reading and math.

Positive messages

Home to variety of kids' TV shows, so messages vary. Most shows attempt to have a positive, educational message.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

Full episodes, shorter clips are ad-free; kids won't see many plugs for Nick Jr. character-related products.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that NickJr.com is a top-notch site for preschoolers and up, especially those who can't read quite yet. Personal information doesn't have to be entered, unless parents are signing a child up for the site's free Birthday Club. Adults then need to enter their birth date first to confirm their age and are asked to enter their child's first name, birth date, gender, and age to set up a birthday phone call.

What's it about?

NICKJR.COM provides a variety of online games and videos for preschoolers. Kids can view some free full episodes of Nick Jr. shows, such as Dora the Explorer and Team Umizoomi; parents need to set up access through their cable provider's website to watch other episodes. Some games provide math and word skill practice. Parents can find additional printable and online learning activities on Nick's Beyond the Backpack site. 

Is it any good?

QUALITY

There are very few preschool-targeted sites that rival NickJr.com's quality content. The site, which was recently designed to be accessible on a desktop computer, mobile phone, or tablet, features games that are fun, age-appropriate, and educational, with obvious tie-ins to popular Nick Jr. TV characters. The site's video library also includes a number of clips, including some full episodes, that highlight concepts such as recycling. Random letters also are listed among the site's game and video options; they offer a word example when kids click on them.

Parents can view additional information about the appropriate age and educational intent for videos or games by clicking on the "i" icon on the screen. Instructions are generally well-explained, and characters generally say supportive things, but kids don't always get a lot of feedback when they play to help them improve on future tries. Including more input would help. It'd also be great if parents could easily find content that supports a specific learning concept to help them pick the best activities for their child. Adults can currently sort items by show or type but will have to read the additional information listed for each item to find out what kids will learn. That said, there's plenty of beneficial content on NickJr.com to help preschoolers boost their word and math skills -- and they'll also find a number of just-for-fun videos and games they'll likely be happy to watch and play.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about advertising and the effects it has on them and on their kids. How can you tell when a site is trying to sell to kids or their parents?

Website details

Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions, letter or word recognition, vocabulary
Math: counting, patterns, shapes
Arts: drawing
Genre:Gaming
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 14 years old Written byCharizard632 December 12, 2009

A safe site for preschoolers, with the excection of ads

There is a lot you can do on the website (If you are under the first grade), and it's considered OK for preschoolers!
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages
Kid, 9 years old April 30, 2011

Nick Jr.

This website is full of good educational websites
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Kid, 12 years old October 29, 2009

great site

great site for kids 3-6
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Educational value
Great messages