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TIME for Kids

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Terrific news/info resource boosts brain power.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn about politics, health issues, and other topics by reading any of the dozens of articles written by kids and other authors. The homework helper section also features tips on structure, editing, and more. Readers will get a decent overview of the latest current events, plus articles geared toward young readers, like the profile of 14-year-old national spelling bee champ. Time for Kids covers real-world topics in a way that motivates kids to read and discover.

Positive messages

The site teaches kids to be aware of what's going on in the world -- whether it's politics, social issues, problems stemming from global warming, or just interesting facts about other countries' cultures, geography, and wildlife. It may inspire them to take an active part in making the world a better place.

Violence & scariness

News articles give some basic facts about violent incidents (such as political assassinations, for example) but don't include any disturbing details or photos.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

There are a lot of ads encouraging kids to subscribe to the TIME for Kids magazine, a couple of ads for sweepstakes and contests, and ads for other Time-Warner properties.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site, which supplements the TIME for Kids magazine, is a safe and wonderfully eye-opening place for kids to hang out online. Although there are versions of the TIME for Kids magazine for grade-schoolers, the site is more for tweens and up since articles give frank facts (while leaving out disturbing details) about things like political assassinations and social injustices.

What's it about?

TIMEFORKIDS.COM, the online counterpart to TIME for Kids magazine, features science, entertainment, and other news articles -- including some written by grade school-age reporters. Kids can also read mini-sites that center on topics like the 2012 presidential election and women’s history month. A separate Homework Helper section offers facts, articles, and activities like interactive math flashcards; kids can also take a punctuation quiz and get tips on writing essays, news articles, and reports.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Articles are written in a simple, direct, and unbiased voice, and the colorful presentation makes it fun for kids to learn about everything from the latest political crisis to the most recent Hollywood blockbuster. This is a valuable resource that helps build kids' awareness of the world around them and could help them develop a social and political consciousness -- or expand that consciousness, if they've already developed it.

Online interaction: You can send a letter to the editor which might be published on the site.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about current events and issues and how they affect our lives. Do you understand everything that was said in the news articles you read? How might they affect you or your family personally? Do you have an opinion regarding the issues you've read about?

Website details

Subjects:Language & Reading: reading, writing
Social Studies: events, global awareness
Skills:Self-Direction: academic development, personal growth
Communication: asking questions, listening
Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent Written byFloridamomhere January 12, 2014

Pure Propaganda.

Politics have no place in a second grade classroom. This is pure propaganda. Unfortunately with Common Core, this as well as Justin Bieber and corporatism is considered "history" and "news for kids". Disgusting.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old May 8, 2009

Pakistan is getting harmed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Helow to all the people. Did you know pakistan. well It is in a bad stage. The people Called Taliban are Harming inisant people !!! Go to you tube And look up Pakistan And taliban!!!!
Kid, 9 years old April 9, 2008

KOOOOOOOL!**

This is a good magazine. I am glad that the popular "TIME" magazine has made a series for minors. It keeps many people updated on politics, weather, and great book/ magazine reviews. You will be glued to it. Time For Kids is also subscribed to many elementary/ intermediate schools. This will lead to many discussions around students. Time for kids also has many writing/ journalism contests.This gives kids great practice and opportunities to look forward to in the future. Overall, I give this magazine 5 stars. I would like everyone to read at least one issue.

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