A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
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.
The site encourages kids to follow the news. Moderators keep the comments section civil (mostly).
Products & Purchases
There are some ads, and many of the stories highlight products or brands (like Apple, BMW, and various video games).
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.
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.
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