We've all heard the horror stories about the Internet and children mixing in a bad way. There are lots of things online that we want to keep our kids away from. There are, however, lots of things online that kids can use safely and have fun with as long as you know where to look. Below are listed some child-friendly sites and their features.
- Kaboose This family-oriented website has tons of good games for kids of all ages. It is broken up into two age groups with "funschool" being for kids aged 3 to 9 and "Zeeks" for kids 9 to 14. Funschool breaks down their games by school grades and zeeks by categories like arcade, board games, sports, mindless fun, puzzles, and brain teasers. They also have all their games in one section broken down by categories.
- PBSKids This is on the PBS website and only has a handful of games but they are mostly from the very popular shows on PBS. Barney, Arthur, Sesame Street, Zoom and Buster are among the shows featured in these games.
- PlayKidsGames This is where you can get your kids to learn basic math, alphabet, vocabulary, memory and geography skills while playing and having a good time.
- KidsGames features 909 kids games. It is from a site called UpToTen.com and the games are for children those ages. There are coloring, puzzle, race and maze games along with some games featuring their mascots "Boowa and Kwala."
- Nickelodeon has kids' games that feature their favorite nick shows such as SpongeBob, Real Monsters, Fairly OddParents, Jimmy Neutron, Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys. While some of the shows are more grown-up than others, if you allow your kid to watch the show, have no fear about the game.
- Yahooligans is a great yahoo site just for kids. Sports, TV and movies, arcade, holiday, card and word games plus others. Many games to choose from and designed for children of all ages.
- Scholastic has some Harry Potter games and Magic School Bus, too.
Some other good places to look for games is on AOL and MSN along with the aforementioned Yahoo or whatever Internet provider you use. If you google "online kids games," you will be presented with plenty of options to choose from. Most of these will be exactly what you are looking for and they are pretty much free of pop-ups and annoying ads. These ones above I picked because of either familiar characters that kids seem to like or educational value. Most have a good combination of both and will be ideal. Have fun!