PBS KIDS

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Loads of super-educational games and activities.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 11 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about a wide variety of topics -- ranging from geography to the history of hip-hop -- by playing the site's clever, cute games. Video clips from shows like "The Electric Company" also provide background on rhythm and music, including what certain instruments sound like, elections, how to use quotation marks, and interpersonal skills, such as treating other people well. The site provides an amazing amount of information; almost every game and video seems to feature at least one interesting fact. With so much information presented in such a fun way, there's something for all kids to love.

Positive Messages

Many characters and games featured on this site offer kids great examples of positive, motivated, funny, and thoughtful attitudes.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Site rules state that any underwriters' logos featured on the site will be directed at adults, not children. Some of the PBS KIDS shows, like Arthur, have commercial products created based on their characters, but nothing here directly pushes them to be viewed as such.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that PBS KIDS is an educational, jam-packed-with-fun site that will endear many kids with games, videos, and quests featuring their favorite PBS television show characters. Relatively new features such as The Great Word Quest, Wild Kratts, and the Webonatus Internet Academy add even more depth of learning, adventure, and fun to an already stacked site. This is high-quality online time for kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAtrain April 9, 2008

Excellent Educational Website

When I first visited this website I thought about what child would truly enjoy it? Afterwards I’m now left with this, what parent wouldn’t enjoy their... Continue reading
Parent Written bymadronemedia May 13, 2011
Kid, 12 years old October 10, 2009

Perfect for tweens

I love this website and it is different from pbskids.org because it has a go in it. It is great for ages 8-14.
Kid, 12 years old October 8, 2009

Love it! Play on my free time

Fun site! I wish they had more videos. If I had more time, I would spend my whole day on this site. Safe, fun, and kid-friendly.

What's it about?

Kids will likely enjoy exploring the PBS KIDS site. Dozens of videos and games provide information on animals, math, habitats like rainforests and deserts - -and an impressive amount of other topics. Kids can watch entire episodes of shows like the nature-themed Wild Kratts; short videos on subjects like punctuation; or play fun, engaging, easy to figure out games that often offer prizes for reaching higher levels. A space-themed Webonauts Internet Academy also helps teach kids responsible virtual world behavior.

Is it any good?

This is a fantastically fun, educational site for kids that just keeps getting better with each addition. PBS KIDS has added more winners to its already strong lineup of games and videos related to quality shows like Cyberchase, Arthur, and The Electric Company. Interactive games from newly featured shows like the Wild Kratts, which includes one game that teaches kids about habitats around the globe while they earn cool animal-power suits for their avatars, engage kids in multi-visit quests. The Great Word Quest offers a wealth of word play. The Webonauts Internet Academy teaches kids how to behave safely and responsibly online in virtual worlds.  The options for more fun, learning adventures go on and on...

Online interaction: Some portions of the site offer kids the option to add friends to their profile (but they have to know their friends' usernames to send an invite), send an email link to a game or video clip, and share site favorites through their profiles.   

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why PBS KIDS is good practice for younger kids who are new to online normalcies like creating profiles, quests, and virtual worlds. Discuss the Webonauts Internet Academy's online motto "Observe, Respect, Contribute." What does that mean for your child's time online?

  • Even though PBS KIDS shows and websites are often top-quality educational fare, when you add up time in front of the tube and the monitor, it can become too much screen time. Talk to your kids about your family's screen time limits.  

  • Take the learning offline and talk to your kids about their favorite shows and games.

Website details

  • Subjects: Science: animals, engineering, biology, ecosystems, life cycle, measurement, plants
    Social Studies: citizenship, cultural understanding, exploration, geography, global awareness
    Arts: music, rhythm
  • Skills: Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth, self-reflection
    Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, asking questions, collecting data, hypothesis-testing, investigation, logic, making conclusions, solving puzzles, thinking critically
    Health & Fitness: balanced diet, body awareness, exercise, fitness
    Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences, fiscal responsibility, honoring the community, integrity, respect for others
    Emotional Development: empathy, identifying emotions, labeling feelings, perspective taking
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free

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