Sea and Sky

Common Sense Media says

Kids of all ages can indulge their sea and space curiosity.

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What parents need to know

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.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
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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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • astronomy
  • biology
  • ecosystems

Skills

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • initiative

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Sophisticated enough to appeal to teens and adults without being too technical for curious kids. Some interactive content and photo galleries are wonderful, but most of the content is written, and therefore less engaging for kids.

Learning Approach

Kids will mainly learn by reading; although there are photo galleries, a few basic games, and a clickable tour of the deep sea, most of Sea and Sky is made up of written content rather than interactive features.

Support

Includes an astronomy reference guide and profiles of key astronomers, astronauts, and space missions. Guides about setting up an aquarium and observing celestial events encourage kids to continue learning offline.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • astronomy
  • biology
  • ecosystems

Skills

Self-Direction

  • academic development
  • initiative

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Susan Yudt

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Science and nature
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, okay 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 of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 October 2, 2012
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sea and sky

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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Great messages
Too much consumerism

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