PBS KIDS GO!

Common Sense Media says

Loads of super educational games and activities.

Age(i)

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

To register, kids need only make up a username and password. PBS' privacy policy says the most it will collect is first name, age, and state, as well as email addresses for contests. There's a parents and educators tab on the main pages of the site for further explanations of PBS's sites for kids; the section offers parent advice.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that PBS KIDS GO! 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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • ecosystems
  • life cycle
  • animals
  • measurement
  • plants
  • engineering
  • biology

Social Studies

  • global awareness
  • citizenship
  • cultural understanding
  • exploration
  • geography

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • asking questions
  • collecting data
  • investigation
  • logic
  • analyzing evidence
  • making conclusions
  • solving puzzles
  • applying information
  • thinking critically
  • hypothesis-testing

Self-Direction

  • personal growth
  • academic development
  • self-reflection

Emotional Development

  • perspective taking
  • identifying emotions
  • labeling feelings
  • empathy

Responsibility & Ethics

  • fiscal responsibility
  • respect for others
  • honoring the community
  • embracing differences
  • integrity

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • balanced diet
  • fitness
  • body awareness

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

With the vast selection of videos and games, kids will be hard-pressed not to find something that excites them. However, too many choices can be overwhelming, and kids risk wandering around the site without direction or purpose.

Learning Approach

More than 230 games touch on topics like math, science, and even engineering and media literacy. Some games are rich with learning content and some are more for fun, but all boast typical PBS high-quality design and learning approach.

Support

Each PBS show page includes a wealth of support information, including learning goals, printables, and suggestions for offline activities. Games have good instructions, and kids should find something that suits their learning needs.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • ecosystems
  • life cycle
  • animals
  • measurement
  • plants
  • engineering
  • biology

Social Studies

  • global awareness
  • citizenship
  • cultural understanding
  • exploration
  • geography

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • asking questions
  • collecting data
  • investigation
  • logic
  • analyzing evidence
  • making conclusions
  • solving puzzles
  • applying information
  • thinking critically
  • hypothesis-testing

Self-Direction

  • personal growth
  • academic development
  • self-reflection

Emotional Development

  • perspective taking
  • identifying emotions
  • labeling feelings
  • empathy

Responsibility & Ethics

  • fiscal responsibility
  • respect for others
  • honoring the community
  • embracing differences
  • integrity

Tech Skills

  • using and applying technology

Health & Fitness

  • exercise
  • balanced diet
  • fitness
  • body awareness

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Kids will likely enjoy exploring the PBS KIDS GO! 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?

QUALITY
 

PBS KIDS GO! is a fantastically fun, educational site for kids that just keeps getting better with each addition. This site 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.   

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why this site 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.  

  • Discuss the difference between PBS KIDS and PBS KIDS GO!, and which one is more appropriate for your child's age, reading level, and Internet awareness. There's a definite step up in complexity, responsibility, and skill level (including ability to read) from the KIDS to the KIDS GO! site.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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Adult Written byAtrain April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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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 kids on this site? PBS Kids offers a great place for kids to visit, learn and have fun. It requires that children be able to read, but the site is very easy to navigate and parents can help all of those early readers. The site is full of activities, most that involve some of the children’s favorite PBS TV show characters, which can teach kids valuable information in fun and creative ways. In the section titled “Don’t Buy It”, the site explains to kids how advertisements can be misleading and encourages smart ways to spend money. Lessons that are incredibly valuable for children to learn at an early age. There is another section titled “Eeko World” which teaches children important things about the environment, recycling and how kids can do their part to help in the future. This section also lets you build your own Eeko creature which you can piece together using different animal parts and can provide some pretty entertaining combinations. This site also has parent and teacher links to those sections of their website, which can be very beneficial in helping parents communicate well with their children and help them in developing early math and reading skills. The only outside links are for TV schedules so children will know when they can watch their favorite PBS shows. I feel that this is a magnificent website for kids and would strongly recommend it to parents and teachers for educational use while keeping the children very entertained. Overall, I give this site an A grade because it does everything you can ask for in terms of providing children with useful and valuable information in a plethora of different areas while also entertaining them to keep them coming back for more.
Parent Written bymadronemedia May 13, 2011
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6
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Adult Written byknautel April 9, 2008
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