A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Yahoo! Kids -- formerly known as Yahooligans -- is Yahoo's answer to an online world for kids. Ads here are relatively tame: in designated areas and with only some pop-ups (although sugary snack ads top the list). Full-length music videos and television shorts are available, with no violence or nudity found. Some movie trailers are dark and could be scary for young kids. The site's fun educational tools include an easy-to-use encyclopedia, animal glossaries, a conversion calculator, as well as the news hub. All of the sections provide an additional list of related online resources that link to an outside Yahoo directory (in the jokes section, for example, Garfield, Will Farrell, surveys, trivia, and humor are listed in a table) -- so with one click you could be off the site and into less kid-friendly territory.
What's it about?
There are several components of KIDS.YAHOO.COM worth noting: An array of free ECards; the Jokes area, where kids can look up jokes by subject; the Ask Earl section, where kids can get answers to some real questions; and the study tools in the StudyZone. Also, click on the News tab to scroll through photo slide shows of Entertainment, Top Stories, Animal News, Grab Bag, Sports, and Science and Nature categories. Games are plentiful, though most of them are just average. The Movies library provides trailers and very digestible information on a slew of flicks. The TV section offers clips of a handful of older shows. And the Music area has a music library where you can learn about your favorite artist and watch video clips.
Is it any good?
This site is Yahoo's answer to kids' content on the web. Though the ads are consistently promoting sugary snacks, their placement and approach is relatively tame and unobtrusive. Kids can, however, click on the "related links" in each section to leave the site, which can lead them to iffy material.