Parents' Guide to

Virtual Republic

By Jennifer Sitkin, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Current-event site designed to get kids into activism.

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This is a valuable tool for informing kids about current events and how kids have a role in addressing key issues facing the world and their communities. The site is easy to navigate, and the articles are written for a secondary audience. The focus on how each issue relates to "you" emphasizes personal connections and responsibility, which should increase learning. The content on the site is primarily text-based, so parents will need to supplement with multimedia or answer questions to be sure kids are understanding the issue. But the emphasis on taking action is supported by a list of organizations that can be used to get kids involved in their communities. Virtual Republic could be the site that helps your kids gain and keep an interest in being politically and socially active.

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