TweenTribune

Common Sense Media says

Trustworthy tween news site has cool classroom component.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site encourages kids to follow the news. Moderators keep the comments section civil (mostly).

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

There are some ads, and many of the stories highlight products or brands (like Apple, BMW, and various video games).

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the mission of TWEENTRIBUNE is to get young readers to follow the news. There are age-appropriate sections for kids, tweens, and teens. The content runs the gamut from educational to fluffy, with substantial coverage of celebrities and brands. Comments are moderated.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • reading
  • reading comprehension

Social Studies

  • events
  • global awareness

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • making conclusions
  • thinking critically

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • evaluating media messages
  • social media

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Articles contain quizzes and critical-thinking questions that personalize and extend the learning experience. The site covers subjects that kids will find interesting, and they can post comments and discuss articles.

Learning Approach

Kids learn about art, health, science, and other topics. Articles reinforce reading, critical thinking, communication, and language skills. Kids can see the quiz answers they missed; questions can inspire further thought and discussion.

Support

Twenty lesson plans, based on the Common Core Standards, are available. The site also offers tips on teaching kids argumentative reasoning, conversational, and other skills.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • discussion
  • reading
  • reading comprehension

Social Studies

  • events
  • global awareness

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • making conclusions
  • thinking critically

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • evaluating media messages
  • social media

Kids will learn about current events on TweenTribune, a blog-style site that covers the news from a youth-oriented perspective. It features a blend of educational content -- touching on topics like space travel, technology, and health -- and fluffier fare about celebrities and brands. Teachers can use TweenTribune as an educational tool, and only kids who are part of a registered class can post their comments. Kids will get the most out of TweenTribune when it's used in the classroom, but there's informative, well-written content for readers who are just passing by.

This Learning Rating review was written by Susan Yudt

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Seasoned news professional Alan Jacobson created TweenTribune to encourage young people to follow the news on a daily basis. The frequently updated site has different sections geared toward younger kids, tweens, and teens, as well as Spanish content. There's not a lot of hard news; the site leans more toward human interest stories, like tales of kids who've done extraordinary things. Other topics include technology, fashion, health, and sports.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Readers will find engaging, reliable news coverage on TweenTribune, but the site is designed for educators to use in schools, and kids who aren't part of a class can't post comments. Still, it's a welcome change reading online comments that are, for the most part, thoughtful and respectful. TweenTribune also scores points for a user-friendly design that's simple but appealing.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about current events and how they affect our lives. Why do you think it's important to keep up with the news? How do you know if a news source is trustworthy?

  • How might current events affect you or your family personally? Do you have an opinion regarding the issues you've read about?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 12 year old Written bytealsweety July 16, 2009
AGE
7
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What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Adult Written byThe JP Show May 25, 2009
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

Good Clean Site

It shows great tween news.
Kid, 10 years old July 29, 2012
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Called "Tween" Tribune, more like "Toddler" Tribune!

I have used this website before and it is very okay for kids ages 9 and up! Don't worry if you think that your kid has posted something inappropriate as every post is looked over and then approved if it is appropriate, but if they decide that it should not be shown publicly, they will not approve it!
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