What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Ozone Hole uses images, data, and videos from reliable sources like NASA, NOAA, and the Royal British Astronomical Society to educate the public about the ozone layer, climate, and the environment. The Ozone Hole is produced by The Ozone Hole, Inc. -- a nonprofit organization. Descriptions can be technical, but videos and images are appropriate for middle school kids and up. There is a staggering amount of information; approach the site with specific questions like "What is the ozone layer?" or "Why was the ozone hole so big in 2006?" or "What gases harm the ozone layer?" and use the site map to explore one concept at a time.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- defining problems
- making conclusions
- analyzing evidence
Engagement, Approach, Support
The Ozone Hole's staggering amount of content combined with poor design makes navigation a challenge. It's tough for kids to find things that are age-appropriate or that interest them.
Images, video, and text do create a thorough reference for kids to learn more about the environment and international cooperation. But it's hard to appreciate the depth here.
There's very little support for kids. Links to reputable scientific organizations and groups provide some extensions.
What's it about?
THE OZONE HOLE separates its content into sections: News, Links, Ozone Hole History, Ozone Hole 2006, Ozone Hole 2012, Montreal Protocol, and Arctic Ozone Hole. Kids can either click one of these sections at the top, or click Site Map where things are more organized. Kids will scroll through each section for stuff to read, images to look at, and often videos to watch. There’s a link to The Ozone Hole’s active Facebook page that has material not found on the website.
Is it any good?
The Ozone Hole approaches issues affecting earth’s ozone layer in a balanced way, rooted in science and covering human-made and natural phenomena. It’s a reference site so don’t expect games or activities, and it suffers from unfortunate long-scrolling and inconsistent design. Still, there are a few good nuggets worth the trip way, way down the page. Plenty of colorful, straightforward images and a video on the main page tell the story for young kids who don’t understand the technical stuff. There’s also special emphasis on the Montreal Protocol, described by Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General of the United Nations as "the single most successful international agreement to date."
Families can talk about...
The Montreal Protocol is one example of dozens of international agreements to protect the environment. Find out about other agreements that protect animals, fisheries, oceans, water, forests, land, mining, and more.