The Learning Network

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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NYTimes blog gives young people fluff-free news, discussion.

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Educational value

Kids can learn about and discuss the news of the day on The Learning Network. Also, teachers can find ideas on this site, run by the New York Times, to help students discuss current events; everything from politics to science to new dance styles is covered. Teens can also learn how to convey their opinions effectively, and respectfully, as they follow the code of conduct and comment with "articulate, well-informed remarks that are relevant to the article" on this well-moderated site. Current events are presented in a way that can be understood by teens and older kids but could use more interactivity.

Positive messages

When tweens and teens take time to learn about the news of the day, it allows them to add their own opinions and beliefs to the conversation.

Violence

Some violent topics are covered the site's news stories; one section is about 9/11.

Sex
Language

Comments are moderated, but not edited. If unacceptable language is used in a comment, it's not posted.

Consumerism

Free to use. The New York Times brand is, of course, seen throughout the site.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

News stories may include topics relating to drug use; a story on the death of Amy Winehouse is an example.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Learning Network uses the news of the day from the New York Times to create a blog and other news-related activities that engage teens and tweens. This site is also a resource for teachers who are creating lesson plans related to current events, history, science news, and more. The site doesn't necessarily edit what's happening in the world, so tough subjects might come up.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byMichaella M. September 8, 2013

................................ boring

very boring not worth it there is nothing there to learn.play,do or interact with

What's it about?

When kids log on to their own special home of The New York Times, they get the day's news, kid-style. Kids can read news summaries of the day's top stories (some might be about tough subjects such as war or killings), take new quizzes, complete crossword puzzles with Web links, learn a word of the day, and go back in time with \"On This Day,\" which displays the front page of the paper from days gone by.

Is it any good?

With THE LEARNING NETWORK, the New York Times definitely raises the bar for stories that are typically found on teens and tweens news sites. Kids won’t find much here about Justin Bieber or the latest video game release. What they will find is lots of ways to learn about and discuss the issues of the day. This is good news, especially for those teens and tweens who can meet the challenge of thinking about and commenting (in non-snarky ways) on real issues related to complex topics. For teachers, there’s an incredible depth and breadth of lesson plans here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to comment on blog posts in appropriate, civil ways. This is a good place for tweens and teens to start commenting on social issues and reading other people’s posts.

  • Talk about why it’s important to keep up on current events. How do national or world events affect your family, your community, or your teen's school?

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