Scholastic Kids Press

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Kid reporters (and readers) get schooled in journalism.

Parents say

age 9+
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Kids say

age 10+
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Educational Value

Kids learn about current events and other information from young reporters who are chosen through a competitive application process. Users can browse timely stories on politics, public health, and technology; interviews with public figures; and content that touches on nonprofit organizations, books, other areas. Site features a variety of topics, which could spark kids' interest in subjects and inspire them to conduct additional research. Numerous pieces are first-person accounts. Some touch on journalistic practices, so would-be journalists may be inspired by seeing young reporters in action.

Positive Messages

Everything about this site encourages kids to become involved in news and current events -- as both observers and reporters. They'll walk away with a sense of learning about the world and how events near and far impacting their lives are important. The young reporters' efforts can also offer inspiration for accomplishing goals and following your dreams.

Violence

Some news topics, such as war and natural disasters, inherently have some element of violence and destruction, but the stories here are handled with a young audience in mind. Articles and reports tend to focus on offering ways to help, and steer clear of anything overtly frightening.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

The site features the Scholastic logos but no outside advertising.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Scholastic Kids Press, formerly Scholastic Kids Press Corps, is a news-focused website featuring stories created by a team of kid reporters from all over the United States. Each year, kids age 10 to 14 are encouraged to apply to become part of the press corps and are selected based on their reporting and writing skills. They submit items on a variety of subjects, ranging from politics to book series to somewhat unexpected topics, such as a look at puppetry in the Czech Republic. In addition to the website, the articles kid reporters write appear in Scholastic Classroom Magazines, which are distributed in schools. Scholastic Kids Press doesn't contain ads from external companies or ones for other Scholastic products and services, and while some of the coverage may mention violent events or topics, the approach is always educational and not gratuitous.

User Reviews

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Parent of a 9-year-old Written byInformedParent August 14, 2010
Kid, 10 years old August 10, 2010
I think this website is to boring and educational. The violence is like, very mellow, but is still there. there is a lot of product placement, like b.p., and ma... Continue reading

What's it about?

SCHOLASTIC KIDS PRESS visitors can read items from the Kid Reporters' Notebook, a scrolling list of articles by contributors who are 10 to 14 years old. Many are written in first-person. A number involve current events and politics and include photos or a video. Some, such as a post on how comic books are written, focus on learning about a subject. Others touch on trends, like puzzles being popular during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kids may also see items on topics like environmentalism, art, and state-specific or international issues and events.

Is it any good?

The articles on the site cover select current events in an approachable way because they're written by kids, for kids. Scholastic Kids Press visitors may not get a completely comprehensive view of everything that's going on in the world today, but they can learn about social issues like gender equality and homelessness and check out articles, such as an interview with former first lady Michelle Obama, that are typically an interesting read. Some are written in a traditional news style -- beginning with an update on the latest California wildfire, for example, before offering background information about how wildfires start. Other items are more personal accounts of taking a class, or a reporter connecting with her ancestral heritage by learning about the language the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand traditionally spoke. The reporters' contributions are generally posted at least a few times a week.

The site doesn't offer much interactivity -- most items just involve reading -- and the navigation isn't ideal. New posts are added above previous ones on a long list that starts on the homepage. Currently, items about only two subjects, the coronavirus pandemic and the 2020 U.S. election, are compiled under a separate heading. Kids can click over to a Search page to look for articles by keying in a specific term, but there's no easy way to view things by topic. The only way to find out what subjects have been covered is to keep clicking through the 50 pages of articles that have been posted on the site since 2014 -- so kids can't really do much general browsing for things to read on the site. Even if they successfully search for something by keyword, there's no way to filter the results by date to see the latest posts first. But the content, aside from the way it's organized, is commendable. Reporters tackle some in-depth and timely topics, and the effort and enthusiasm they put into each piece is clear. Posts that speak to tweens and teens on a level they can understand could introduce them to new subjects, ways of thinking, and people. Scholastic Kids Press is a great place to chew on bite-sized pieces of current news topics -- and, if kids aspire to be a journalist, to apply for a chance to have their work published, potentially providing valuable hands-on writing experience.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it's important for kids to learn about current events around their neighborhood and the world like the ones mentioned on Scholastic Kids Press. How do current events directly impact your life? Are there things you've seen recently in the news that you think about a lot or are concerned about?

  • What makes something a news story? What would be considered gossip? Why does the public have so much interest in celebrities and their scandals? Does media coverage affect public interest in gossip?

  • When it comes to reporting the news, why is objectivity important? Can you find examples of objective journalism -- and journalism that isn't objective?

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