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News Sites for Kids

Kid-friendly current events

If the grown-up paper is still too big or scary for your kids, you can help them stay informed. Here are some news sites written especially for grade-school age kids.

Time for Kids : Produced by Time Magazine and written by teenagers, the articles are straightforward and engaging. The site includes US national news and features. http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/index.html.

Kids Newsroom : While Time for Kids puts a kid-friendly slant on adult stories, Kids Newsroom stories tend to deal with topics of direct interest to kids. The site also has a great HTML tutorial. http://www.kidsnewsroom.org

CBBC Newsaround : British site with national and world news and features. The subject matter includes stories of violence and other difficult topics and so may be more appropriate for older kids. On the other hand, you have the choice of listening to each story rather than reading it, which is a feature younger kids might enjoy. http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/

Washington Post's Kidspost: Daily features, headlines, author interviews, sports column, media reviews, polls, and other fun stuff. Mostly steers clear of difficult topics but does keep kids informed, especially on stories that effect them. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/kidspost/orbit/kidspost.html

Science News for Kids:Just what the name says. Lots of "wow" factor in the articles, and a great way to help kids learn about new scientific discoveries.

If your kids enjoy these sites, they may enjoy making their own news show or newspaper based on what they read. Or, using the tutorial at Kids Newsroom, they can learn to creat a news site themselves.





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