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Sites – June 2010

July, 2010
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Your Cause

Although this site is not especially targeted towards children, Your Cause can still be of interest to pre-teens and teens who are interested in raising money for their favorite charity. Users can create a customizable page explaining their personal mission and link it to a charity page all using the free basic tools available on the site. It’s not a social website—there are no forums, chat rooms or message boards, although members can “friend” each other. This can be a great family project to work on together over the summer.




With summer approaching and the TV on more often than not, steer bored kids to educational fare on WatchKnow.com. This nonprofit bills itself as the “YouTube for kids” with its collection of educational videos. Started by the cofounder of Wikipedia, the site is a safe place to find video clips that are suitable for kids, like videos from National Geographic, animations and cartoons on school subjects. There are over 11,000 clips currently on the site. Parents do not have to worry about bad language, advertisements or other non-kid friendly content on the site.


Multicultura Education

Multicultural Education through Miniatures

With over 300 photos of handcrafted miniature dolls, this site teaches children about the origins of each of these intricate dolls, gives a description of how they were created, tells the story about the origins of the doll, and gives other facts and characteristics about the place each doll represents. Before going on a trip this summer, kids can check whether there is a doll that represents their destination and learn more about their vacation spot in a fun way. Educational games on the site also give kids a chance to test their knowledge about different cultures.




Along with summer travel, kids can do some make-believe travel on Panwapa Island as well. From the Sesame Workshop comes this multimedia project for kids ages 4-7. As part of a global initiative to inspire and teach kids about being good world citizens, kids can have fun creating avatars on Panwapa Island, a make-believe island that travels the five oceans of the world. Messages are pre-scripted and lesson topics include world awareness, community participation, taking responsibility for one’s actions, appreciating and valuing similarities and differences, and understanding economic disparities in the world. There are quite a few components so parents might want to take the caregiver tour and learn how to guide their kids through this colorful interactive world.



Scholastic Kids Press Corps

Part of the Scholastic group of websites, this “news by kids” site showcases stories written by a team of “journalists” ages 9-14. Even while school is out, kids can keep up with what’s happening in the world by accessing the feature articles, interviews, and video news reports created by a team of young reporters from all over the United States. Other features on the site include book and movie reviews, blogs, entertainment news, and special reports based on relevant themes such as Earth Day and the crisis in Haiti. Each year, kids are encouraged to apply to become part of this extraordinary team.


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