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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that PBSKids.org is a simple, safe first online experience for preschoolers. Kids who are learning basic skills and already know many of the characters featured here from popular PBS shows such as Sesame Street and Curious George will enjoy playing games with their television friends. We don't recommend preschoolers surf around on the Internet, so make sure they stay on this site by sitting right next to them and helping them learn safe and fun online skills. Sponsorship ads do appear here, but they're relatively unobtrusive compared to some other kids' sites with more prominent ads. You also can monitor your kids' activities and receive updates with the site's corresponding mobile app for parents, PBS Kids Super Vision.
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What's it about?
PBSKIDS.ORG, designed for kids 4 and up, is the home base for all of PBS Kids’ offerings. The site features games, videos, and other activities that center on popular PBS live-action and animated show characters such as Noah and Thomas. Rotate the show wheel to choose your favorite character, and you'll be taken directly to their page; you also can browse the site by video or game.
Is it any good?
This educational site for preschoolers shows what PBS does best: provide basic lessons involving favorite PBS TV characters in an easy-to-use format with voice-over instructions. Organized by show, including Caillou and Arthur, there's much to do here, including watching videos, playing games, and printing out activities to do offline. With your help, your kids can play games based on a favorite character, or you can choose certain skills for them to work on, such as letters, numbers, shapes, or even Spanish. When your child outgrows this site, move on up to PBS Kids Go.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about all the skills preschoolers learn every day. Even figuring out how to operate the computer mouse is a milestone. Whether it's by watching Sesame Street on television, playing a game online, coloring at preschool, or playing their own make-believe games at home, there are so many ways for young children to grow.
Even the youngest computer users can get used to the idea of computer time limits. Explain to your child why you're setting limits for them and why you want to sit with them while they're first learning how to navigate even a very safe website such as this one.
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, letter or word recognition, reading, vocabulary
Math: counting, grouping, numbers, patterns, sequences, shapes
Science: animals, plants
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, deduction, logic, solving puzzles, thinking critically
Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth, time management, work to achieve goals
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Dinosaurs, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Numbers and Letters, Wild Animals
- Award: Common Sense Media Award
- Pricing structure: Free
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