What do kids read about online? Chances are it won’t be very useful! Check out these educational sites packed with real news and relevant information for school projects and to ensure the kids have some idea of what’s going on around them.
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When kids reach a certain age, they should be more aware of current affairs and what is going on in the world. But, that doesn’t mean parents should be exposing them to all the violence and chaos that is shown on TV or online.
DOGO News is a brilliant age-appropriate site packed with information and a great tool for school projects. Articles cover current events, social studies, sports, science, the environment and world news in general.
There are also videos featuring everything from rare white giraffes in Africa to how people celebrate International Pillow Fight Day!
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The Smithsonian Institution is the largest research entity with the most museums and galleries under its charge in the world, which means their sites are great for research.
The Tween Tribune is the junior version of the popular Smithsonian Magazine. It has a vast amount of educational content divided by school years (American system) covering subjects like entertainment, food and health, tech, odd news, culture and science, making it a great resource for research.
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This is the age-appropriate version of the famed weekly news magazine and although it is subscription-based, there are enough interesting articles to read on the site without paying.
Content is divided into scholastic years (American curriculum) and are mostly features about a wide range of subjects including space exploration, the arts and current affairs (the situation in Spain is explained simply and well).
There are kid profiles focusing on their accomplishments and ideas; and a Debate section where questions like ‘Do kids need homework?’ are asked with opposing views given equal measure.
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Touting itself as the world’s first online news channel for young people, First News is actually a proper newspaper in the UK and has a lively online presence too.
A quick spin round the site shows the diversity of articles from what the United Nations actually does, how Lewis Hamilton won his fourth F1 world title and more serious pieces about how UNICEF medics fight malnutrition in Africa.
A real plus are the videos covering fun topics like why Halloween is such a popular celebration to some very serious issues like child refuges and the conflict between North Korea and the USA.
Their site has loads of fun activities like quizzes, guides and interesting videos covering relevant subjects, e.g. Black History Month.
The news veers between entertainment (profiling X Factor finalists) to current affairs (gun control in the USA). It’s written simply and informatively so that kids can easily understand the facts.