Scholastic

Common Sense Media says

Educational hub makes learning fun.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The boards are mostly about books and although there doesn't seem to be a filter, users stay nice and on topic.

Violence

The news section covers the news -- even if that means wars, fighting, and natural disasters, but it's all in a very fact-driven, safe way.

Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

There are a few banner ads, subscription call outs, and contests and giveaways. The kids section promotes Scholastic's books. A large section at the bottom of the home page advertises Scholastic products and services. There's a huge store for teachers, parents, and kids.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site is a comprehensive, fun, and educational online hub where kids can spend hours learning something new. A lot of the information is separated by age, making the site's content really targeted and age-appropriate. The site does push its products, but most of them are books or educational materials. Kids might get a little annoyed by all the content geared toward teachers and parents, but what they do find for them will be interesting and engaging. To be a member, users only have to submit their first name and first letter of their last name. The boards are mostly about books and although there doesn't seem to be a filter, users stay nice and on topic.

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What's it about?

Scholastic may be known for its educational materials for teachers and parents or as the publishers of the Harry Potter series, but SCHOLASTIC.COM offers those things -- and a whole lot more. There are games, a news section, book blogs, election information, printables, lesson plans, message boards, and videos. The site is nicely divided into four sections: Teaching Resources, Student Activities, Books & Authors, and Connect (message boards and such). Within those sections, the content is broken down into ages and subject. A personalized page option is coming soon.

Is it any good?

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It's so refreshing to go to a site that's organized, thorough, and full of useful information. Scholastic.com does a great job of talking and appealing to such a large age range, from kids pre-K to 18 to teachers and parents. The one downfall of covering too much ground is that users can get a little overwhelmed on where to go first. Scholastic.com's clear navigation will definitely help, although younger kids (and even adults) might be blurry eyed trying to sift though everything. Users will appreciate the fact that even though site still pushes its stuff through ads, contests, and content, most of the stuff they're pushing is books and their beloved characters -- and they're doing it in a way that makes learning fun.

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Website details

Genre:Brand Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent Written byparent-1 February 11, 2014
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9
QUALITY
 

weak content and it shows that this company is desperate

Parents need to know that this site is a waste, useless, and weak on content. A lot of the redundant information is available and there is no organization and sometimes age-inappropriate. The site does push its products, and it is very annoying. Kids get annoyed. The boards don't have a filter, and users get annoyed quickly. This company is desperate.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Parent of a 6 year old Written byCSM Screen Name... March 17, 2010
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16
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I love to read it
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Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 10 year old Written byi like the website March 11, 2010
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age 10 +

i love the web site
What other families should know
Too much sex

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