The American Library Association’s “Great Websites for Kids” website is similar to Common Sense Media, the last website we reviewed, in that it is a warehouse of websites appropriate for children.
“Great Websites for Kids” is very easy to use. The sites are set up in categories (animals, sciences, etc.) and displayed in a way that enables the viewer to quickly identify the nature of the site. A brief description of each site is provided as well as indications of appropriate age levels. So, you aren’t provided not too much information about the site, but the information that is provided is enough to determine if you might be interested in this site for your children.
· “Site of the week” is introduced and spotlighted each week.
· “Most Popular” sites
· “Top Rated” sites
· Categories – Animals, The Arts, History/Biography, Literature/Languages, Mathematics/Computers, Reference Desk, Sciences, Social Sciences
Although we don’t endorse allowing children too much screen time, there is so much great information on these sites to spark children’s interests and, therefore, their curiosity. As they gather background knowledge, they build a storehouse of information to use later in generating creative ideas. Plus, the websites inspire creative activities.
If you use the site, please give us feedback in the comments section. Or, if you know of any great sites, we’d love to hear about them.
Common Sense Media is a website for families that provides consumer information about various media formats. The site provides suggestions and reviews of books, movies, TV shows, websites, apps, videos and video games. Each item entry (and there are thousands) features a description of the item (video, book, etc.), age ranges, content guide (language, violence, etc.), ratings, reviews and educational uses (if any).
Many parents use Common Sense Media as a guide for monitoring and limiting what their children access. We find it useful as a guide for finding great websites, apps and books that we might not have known about otherwise. To do this, you simply click on "Books" and set search parameters such as age range, genre, topic and more. Or, you can look at prepared lists of recommended books.
Common Sense Media also offers articles and other resources with advice and guidance on topics like:
If you set up an account with Common Sense Media (which is not required for most features of the site), you and your children can post reviews and provide other users with ideas and information you deem important.
Check it out at Common Sense Media.