A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Promotes learning about government officials, branches of government, and discovering your own ideas about what it means to be an American via the site's printable "My American Journal."
Violence & Scariness
A couple of sections discuss supporting the troops in current conflicts. There's a "freedom timeline" that tells stories about past wars.
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Products & Purchases
This is a .gov site created by the executive branch, so expect a few propaganda-ish phrases in some sections on issues like the war.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this site is the kids' portion of the official site for the executive branch of the U.S. government. The history lessons stay neutral and the games are educational. Portions of the site comes across as PR material -- like the bios for the president, first lady, VP, and his wife -- but, overall, kids see Barney (Bush's dog) promoted here far more than administration officials. There is a link to the "adult" White House site.
Is It Any Good?
Some of the site may seem a bit too canned for adults, especially related to troop activity and education reform, as well as personal bios of the current administration leaders. But there's enough kid bite-size history and U.S. government and education lessons on this site to make it worth a look or two. It would be interesting to revisit the site after the upcoming presidential election to see how it changes with a different administration. Even if you're not interested in the overall site, the downloadable, printable "My American Journal" is an excellent resource for pre-voters to begin thinking about community and political involvement and the importance of knowing how our government works and who represents its citizens.
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