By Emily Pohlonski,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Explore the final frontier with multimedia space resource.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about recent and historical events in space. Video clips will allow kids to see what's in tonight's sky with descriptions of constellations and deep-sky objects, or show them massive blasts off the sun that occurred just yesterday. Kids can view TV shows like The Black Hole that Made You Possible or do some research on the search for planets that host alien life by finding articles published in astrophysics journals. Kids also have access to actual images of galaxies, stars, and planets in a number of photo galleries. Although Space.com has the galactic goods, more kid-accessible content would be welcome.
Kids are empowered to look at the night sky and wonder what's beyond the world we live in.
Violence & Scariness
Although the site itself doesn't show any violence, some of the previews located in the entertainment section do. One preview shows spaceships exploding and characters using laser guns.
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Products & Purchases
Immediately upon the site opening, pop-ups appear for merchandise like T-shirts. Menus across the top and along the side also feature ads and offer items for sale. Plus, ads appear before some videos, and every article or quiz has some sort of advertisement.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Space.com is a website that provides the most current space-related information, videos, and images. It's a serious and vast resource for space stuff, which will appeal to budding astronauts, but it may be too dense for younger or not-so-interested kids. You can post comments about videos using Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail accounts, but note that chats aren't moderated, so the reliability of the content in the conversations vary. Comment debates can get heated -- for example, read the arguments about whether or not God created the universe.
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What’s It About?
SPACE.COM provides up-to-date news about all things space. It offers kids news articles, images, video clips, and streaming TV shows to help them learn about the universe surrounding the planet we live on. You can see what space-related topics are trending, or click one of the following menu bar topics: Tech, Spaceflight, Science & Astronomy, Search for Life, Skywatching, Entertainment, and Shop. Each topic contains a series of recent articles; for example, Entertainment hosts a variety of tidbits about space-related pop culture. This includes previews of space-themed films (Star Trek!), blurbs about famous people who plan to travel commercially to space, and video clips of astronauts dancing.
Is It Any Good?
Kids interested in the search for alien life, skywatching, and space exploration will like knowing what is happening in space today. News is organized by recent events and by topic so kids can quickly access what they're interested in. Parents will appreciate that all information is up to date and from reliable sources. However, kids who aren't already interested in space may have a hard time wading through the detailed information; although the site is well organized and contains solid information, it's not all that kid-friendly.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about their own night sky. Planning ahead will ensure a good skywatching experience, so make sure to check the weather. Ask your kids what they'll need to go stargazing (binoculars or a telescope, for example).
Ask your child what they would explore first if they could go into space. What types of technology would they need to make discoveries?
Talk to your kids about life on other planets. Do they believe aliens exist? Read an article on the subject together to see what NASA scientists think.
- Subjects: Science: astronomy
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, investigation
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Science and Nature
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: November 17, 2020
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