Sea and Sky

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Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Kids of all ages can indulge their sea and space curiosity.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about oceanography, marine biology, and astronomy on Sea and Sky. "Sea" features science news, a gallery of exotic marine life, and an ocean exploration timeline; "Sky" includes an astronomy reference guide and profiles of key astronomers, astronauts, and space missions. Kids who are new to these topics can find the answers to questions like, "Why is the sky dark at night?" There's also more in-depth content geared toward visitors with some science background. Created for fun by an amateur scientist, Sea and Sky has a wealth of accurate, well-written information.

Positive Messages

Sea and Sky shows how "regular people" can become experts on topics that interest them -- that learning doesn't have to stop when you leave school.

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There are ads that can be mistaken for content. The site has a section for a store that says it's coming soon.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SEA AND SKY is a personal website created by a web designer who shares accurate, in-depth information about his hobbies: marine biology, oceanography, and astronomy. The site is supported by ads, which sometimes blend in with the content. Overall, it's engaging, educational, and safe for kids.

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What's it about?

Created by a web designer who moonlights as an amateur astronomer and marine biologist, Sea and Sky encourages kids to explore these two amazing natural realms. Visitors will find a guide to exploring the cosmos, information on maintaining an aquarium, recent scientific breakthroughs in the fields, book reviews, cool nature photos, and more.

Is it any good?

Sea and Sky's breadth of information is impressive, especially for a site that's maintained as a hobby. The content comes from reliable sources (like NASA and science journals) and is sophisticated enough to appeal to teens and adults without being too technical for curious kids. An interactive tour of the deep seas introduces visitors to unusual marine life in a creative way, and photo galleries include some breathtaking shots. Most of the content is written, though; adding more interactive features could make Sea and Sky even more engaging, especially for younger explorers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about safe, smart ways to search for information online. How do you know if something is a trustworthy, reliable source?

  • There are ongoing discussions about funding different types of exploration. Where do you think the priority should be -- in space or in the sea?

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