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 site -- which lets kids participate in a mock presidential race between five favorite Peanuts characters -- is a partnership between Peanuts and RocktheVote.org. No registration is required. The site encourages involvement in the political process, but it's not as overtly educational or deeply informative as other election/politics-focused sites. Several outside links can be found on the site, including RocktheVote.org, the Charles Schultz Museum, and a Warner Brothers store where Charlie Brown DVDs are sold.
What's it about?
\"Pizza on Every Table,\" \"Equal Rights for Blockheads,\" and \"Improving Education About the Great Pumpkin\" are all issues that kids might really get behind -- and now they can vote on them at PEANUTSROCKSTHEVOTE.ORG. Visitors click on a state to cast their vote in a mock presidential race between five favorite Peanuts characters (Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and Sally). Each character has a short bio and their own campaign slogans, and voters can see overall results, individual state results, and a slider that shows the most/least voting activity across the United States.
Is it any good?
As in real life, regardless of what the slogans are, there's plenty to learn about the candidates. And, in a lighthearted, amusing way, the site helps kids see how easy it is to vote and learn about the election process. The election-related laughs are augmented by politically themed Peanuts comic strips that are posted on the site. The site's other clear goal is to get more people to visit RocktheVote.org, where eligible voters can get registration information and learn more about the process (an ad for the You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown DVD and an outside link to an online store also have prominent site placement).
Overall, PeanutsRocktheVote.org is an endearing, mildly educational site that's worth a quick visit for both kids and adults. Just don't expect to find in-depth information or heavy election-related lessons here -- the approach is meant to be simple and fun.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how they decided which character to vote for. Kids: Did you click on the results for each state to see who was winning, or did you read the character bios and do some research first? How do you think this election is like the real voting process? How do you think it's different?