Smithsonian: TweenTribune

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Trustworthy tween news site has cool classroom component.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational Value

Kids will learn about current events on TweenTribune, a blog-style site that covers the news from a youth-oriented perspective. It features a blend of educational content -- touching on topics like space travel, technology, and health -- and fluffier fare about celebrities and brands. Teachers can use TweenTribune as an educational tool, and only kids who are part of a registered class can post their comments. Kids will get the most out of TweenTribune when it's used in the classroom, but there's informative, well-written content for readers who are just passing by.

Positive Messages

The site encourages kids to follow the news. Moderators keep the comments section civil (mostly).

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism

There are some ads, and many of the stories highlight products or brands (like Apple, BMW, and various video games).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the mission of TWEENTRIBUNE is to get young readers to follow the news. There are age-appropriate sections for kids, tweens, and teens. The content runs the gamut from educational to fluffy, with substantial coverage of celebrities and brands. Comments are moderated.

User Reviews

Adult Written byThe JP Show May 25, 2009

Good Clean Site

It shows great tween news.
Parent of a 12 year old Written bytealsweety July 16, 2009
Kid, 10 years old July 29, 2012

Called "Tween" Tribune, more like "Toddler" Tribune!

I have used this website before and it is very okay for kids ages 9 and up! Don't worry if you think that your kid has posted something inappropriate as ev... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymcracco November 16, 2015

Tween Tribune Sucks

Ok so at school we use this website and its sposto be a good place to get information well it has a bunch of old articles and rarely post any useful articles.

What's it about?

Seasoned news professional Alan Jacobson created TweenTribune to encourage young people to follow the news on a daily basis. The frequently updated site has different sections geared toward younger kids, tweens, and teens, as well as Spanish content. There's not a lot of hard news; the site leans more toward human interest stories, like tales of kids who've done extraordinary things. Other topics include technology, fashion, health, and sports.

Is it any good?

Readers will find engaging, reliable news coverage on TweenTribune, but the site is designed for educators to use in schools, and kids who aren't part of a class can't post comments. Still, it's a welcome change reading online comments that are, for the most part, thoughtful and respectful. TweenTribune also scores points for a user-friendly design that's simple but appealing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about current events and how they affect our lives. Why do you think it's important to keep up with the news? How do you know if a news source is trustworthy?

  • How might current events affect you or your family personally? Do you have an opinion regarding the issues you've read about?

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For kids who love current events

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