TIME for Kids
What parents need to know
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?
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?