A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
The boards are mostly about books and although there doesn't seem to be a filter, users stay nice and on topic.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Scholastic.
Is It Any Good?
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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