TheWeatherChannelKids

 
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A shower of weather-related info & fun activities.

What parents need to know

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The site is ad-free, though there is a link to another Web site, bkfk.com (By Kids for Kids), which does have a few ad banners.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there's nothing to worry about regarding this fascinating, educational site -- it's a great resource for kids who show an interest in weather. The site is ad-free, though there's a link to another site, bkfk.com (By Kids for Kids), where you can enter a contests. Bkfk.com has a few banner ads, but before TheWeatherChannelKids.com takes you there, it displays a message notifying you that you're leaving the site and warning that you should never give out personal information without talking to parents first.

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What's it about?

The Weather Center page starts with the basics -- kids can pull up the forecast or weather conditions, or arrange to have the forecast displayed in their browser's toolbar. The WeatherED section offers a weather encyclopedia, a resource guide for other weather-related sites, and more. Kids can also find fun and challenging exercises to help them learn about global warming effects and severe weather, ideas for nature-related activities, and a photo gallery of tornadoes, hurricanes, and more. There are also videos of people braving big waves, snowy peaks, and other \"epic conditions\" prompted by the climate, and the WeatherREADY page educates kids about sun protection and severe weather preparedness.

Is it any good?

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Since sun, clouds, and rain are a part of everyday life, most kids naturally show an interest in the origin of weather conditions -- how does hail form, what makes thunder and lightning, and so on -- and THEWEATHERCHANNELKIDS.COM, created by the folks at The Weather Channel, is a fantastic place to help answer all those questions or even take that interest a step further.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the information and activities offered on the site. Do you like to check the forecast on the site? How does that help you with your daily activities? Did you have specific questions about weather that the site answered? What did you learn from the site that you didn't know before?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 13 years old Written byTalie Blu April 9, 2008
 
The reason why I said "No" to the age group question is because I would think that its for younger people than me. For anyone who wants to know what to find out how far away the lightniing is
Parent of a 9 and 9 year old Written byprofoundtruths April 9, 2008
 

Great for American's

As a Canadian I'd like my kids to get the weather in Celsius instead of Faherinheit, but it's my only real peeve with the site.

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