Common Sense Media says
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this online news site used to contain stories mostly written by kids but now posts articles from other Scholastic publications, as well as advice geared toward teachers. There are still links on this site to stories written by kids in the Scholastic Kids Press Corps and some articles -- such as one on overcoming being bullied and a rescued lion -- that will appeal to kids. But the general tone on this site is that it's meant for teachers, especially for teachers to find stories (and order Scholastic books and magazines) to share with their students.
What's it about?
Grade school and junior high school students can read about and comment on today's top stories at SCHOLASTICNEWSONLINE.COM, an informative, interactive -- although not particularly flashy or attractive -- news Web site. Part of the larger Scholastic publication network, the well-regarded education company is tapping into the habits of kids who go online for everything -- whether to find out what's going on with friends or in the world. The site has other features, too, such as a link to the Scholastic store, news archives, and the \"ask the kid reporter\" blog which helps kids interested in journalism get an inside peek into what it's like to report and write a story.
Is it any good?
This site is a great clearinghouse for teachers who are looking for a variety of current events articles that will appeal to their students on subjects ranging from animal news and math-related stories to sports and weather.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why it's important to know what's happening in our nation and the world. Is your child's media world focused mosly on watching sports, IM-ing friends or reading about pop culture, like what's the latest news about Hannah Montana's boyfriend? Encourage them to expand their daily choices to include checking out what's going on in the world at large.
Even though Scholastic is an educational resource-based business, it's still a business. Talk to your kids about how Scholastic markets their products to them, both on and off the Internet, as well as in and out of the classroom. Read Common Sense Media's Selling to Kids Tips.