A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that some of the ads on the official Olympics site are not appropriate for kids, such as beer ads that tie-in to the games. That said, the amount of advertising on the site shouldn't make your family have to miss out on the fun and up-to-the-minute information it supplies. The voluminous content of Olympic coverage has way more presence than the ads. Don't let kids overlook the cool Olympic mini-games hidden in the More 2010 Information drop-down box, along with the special site dedicated to the cute Winter Games mascots.
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Is it any good?
If you want to keep complete track of the medal count, scope some cool pics of the games, or just dig a little deeper into the myriad athletes and sports of the 2010 VANCOUVER OLYMPICS this is the site to do it all. Like a digital Olympic encyclopedia, the site is an avalanche of information where you can uncover the stories behind the sports like India's determined luge competitor who almost missed the games after breaking his sled. You can even learn why skeleton isn't just a part of the body (it's an actual Olympic sport!). Great organization and cute touches will engage both kids and adults.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about ads for alcohol. How do these advertisements make you feel about the lessons you've been taught about alcohol? Do the ads make it seem appeal to drink? How does seeing an ad for alcohol on an Olympic web site make you feel? Do you think alcohol should be promoted on a site that for all ages and seeks to celebrate the best of sports?
Families can talk about the Winter Olympics and the role models that will emerge from the games. Have you admired any atheletes? Do you admire them for their performance capabilities or for the challenges they've overcome.
Families can talk about what it takes to be an Olympic athelete. These competitiors may make what they do seem easy, but how much training do you think it takes to get to this level of skill and athleticism? What lessons can you take from their stories to inspire you to stay motivated toward reaching your goals?