Youngzine

Website review by
Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media
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Super news site supports learning, contribution, community.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about news and current events, plus read about science, technology, arts, and culture from around the world. There are lots of writing and engagement opportunities that give kids the chance to get involved with the world around them. Better still, the empowerment, support, and fun offered through this site can encourage kids to become lifelong learners. Youngzine is a simple but surprisingly effective place for kids to learn about and debate current events.

Positive Messages

Lots of positive messages are conveyed by Youngzine's empowering yet watchful tone.

Violence & Scariness

Some news stories contain violence and discussion of war. 

Sexy Stuff

Videos of child comedians and musicians have some jokes and songs that are a bit edgy.

Language
Consumerism

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Youngzine isn't only a current events magazine for young people -- it's a supportive, interactive learning community. Adult moderators show up all over the place, from registration to original summary articles to responses to comments and achievements. Some kids do use their full names or ages, but their locations aren't revealed. It's a gentle news source for kids and tweens who want to keep up on issues and maybe throw their own opinions into the ring. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byRichard D. March 18, 2018

Nice interesting stories

Unlike the other sites I reviewed here, this one has a broad array of stories that don't seem to promote the liberal agenda. That said, they do have a hi... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old March 22, 2016

I love this website!

Youngzine is for kids. But because of some of the, well, mature content, including the war on ISIS, terror attacks, etc., it's better for pre-teens then yo... Continue reading

What's it about?

At first glance, Youngzine is an online magazine featuring current events, games, videos, and comics compiled and written by thoughtful in-house editors. Dig deeper and you'll find "young editors" and kid members authoring content from jokes to commentary on recent news stories and all types of contests from news quizzes to mystery photos and visual story prompts. After creating an account, kids can comment liberally on articles and debate with each other, but the supportive guidance of moderators is everpresent. Kids also can earn points and badges through exploration and contribution. The site is updated daily, though kids can view content archives as well.

Is it any good?

Youngzine's blog-style presentation is simple and sophisticated, and it's definitely accessible to its kid audience -- especially in the U Write, U Chat section and contest areas where kids can submit nearly any kind of original writing, photos, and videos of creative projects, personal stories, or even media reviews. The quality of kid contributions is quite high overall, and the grown-up written articles are clear as well (although a few grammatical errors appear from time to time). The most exciting thing about Youngzine, though, is that kids are actually engaging with the sometimes-dry news content; comments follow nearly every single article, joke, and review. It's great to see this positive response, and it's a testament to the welcoming community created by the developers. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to engage with the news. How can kids can do more research on the articles and topics they find interesting?

  • Talk to your kids about the difference between healthy debate and arguing online. 

Website details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: discussion, forming arguments, presenting to others, reading comprehension, storytelling, writing, writing clearly
    Science: animals, engineering, ecosystems, weather
    Social Studies: citizenship, cultural understanding, events, exploration, geography, global awareness, government, historical figures, power structures
    Arts: dance, music, rhythm
    Hobbies: cooking, sports
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, asking questions, decision-making, logic, thinking critically
    Creativity: brainstorming, combining knowledge, imagination, producing new content
    Self-Direction: academic development, achieving goals, effort, initiative, personal growth
    Emotional Development: empathy, self-awareness
    Communication: asking questions, conveying messages effectively, friendship building, listening, multiple forms of expression, presenting
    Responsibility & Ethics: respect for others
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Genre: Educational

For kids who love current events

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