For kids today, learning from encyclopedias are a thing of the past. These days, children have a wealth of opportunities to learn about parts of the world they could only dream about visiting – and they are available any time of the day or night. Today, your child can visit websites geared toward teaching kids about journalism, global travel, foreign policy, diplomacy and safety at the click of a mouse. Some of the more interesting sites available for kids include the following.
Global School Net’s mission is to link kids around the world. The site has learning opportunities including online explorations of Mt. Everest, learning how to read maps with GeoGames or learning about global issues and then writing articles like a real journalist – and have them read by friends, family and others on the web with the Newsday Journalism page. Global School Net encourages collaboration with teachers and students to create interesting, engaging eLearning projects globally.
JumpStart offers kids, parents and teachers a wealth of information in the way of games, activities and other resources. JumpStart is safe and secure allowing parents to monitor their child’s actions online as they learn about geography and parts of the world.
Culture Quest is designed to allow kids to learn about customs and beliefs of people around the world. Your child will join a penguin and an owl as they escape Antarctica and travel the world learning about foods, music, arts, crafts and the history of a variety of regions. The regions available include the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe and more.
One Hen offers an online board game, online resources and a story all designed to teach kids about finance, about managing micro-loans, exploring various global markets and problem solving in a microfinance role playing game.
Explore where your stuff comes from, visit a variety of countries around the world, watch videos, view photos and learn new crafts and recipes at National Geographic. Explore Turkey, the Netherlands, Mongolia and Vietnam, learn about the habits and living arrangements of snowy owls, polar bears and flamingos. You can even enter contests available at this interesting, kid-friendly site.
View artwork created by kids around the world, watch videos of kids in other cultures, take a virtual trip to Haiti and learn about the healing power of art. Engage in activities like the exploration of other countries and record your findings or post your thoughts on an online forum as you chat with other like minded people. Learn about global elections in other cultures or the Walk a Mile in My Shoes project, where you will create a video of how you get ready and walk to your school and then share it with others while they share their videos with you.
When using sites geared toward kids, make sure that you, as a parent or guardian, closely monitor your child’s online activity. Consider adding safety software that will alert you to your child’s social activity on the web. Set rules in advance of your child’s accessing websites. Be clear about what he should do if a pop-up appears or if he receives suspicious emails. Make sure your child knows to never send photos of himself to strangers. Don’t scare your child, just make sure he is savvy about what he might encounter online so he can have a positive internet learning experience.
This article was written on behalf of AdventuresCrossCountry.com. Interested in sending your kids out on a great adventure to learn about the world first-hand? Check out their website for more information on their various adventures!