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08-30-2009, 12:24 PM
Little Sis has taken an interest in exploring the internet. More often than not she ends up at the Disney channel website, the majority of which seems to ber aimed at promoting the Disney franchise and giving tweens their own set of star drama to follow. Middle Sis and I have long been trying to convince our mother that this kind of schlock is not as harmless as she thinks, and after she caught Little Sis reading about the latest scandal (http://tv.disney.go.com/disneychannel/tweenweekly/index.html#/home) this morning, she seems to be coming around. Problem is, we don't know what sort of age-appropriate, maybe even semi-educational, sites are out there (she's 7).
So, I'm turning to all you awesome vegan parents out there: what are some sites that your kids enjoy?
08-30-2009, 12:53 PM
That link didn't work for me.
I am not a good monitor of teh interwebz for my son. :( I used to have some good kid sites for that age set, but I don't remember the names of them any more. I'll think on it. I know I got him a lot of CD-ROM games, like the Freddi Fish and Pajama Sam series from Humongous Entertainment (which were excellent, and the music was done by David Was).
08-30-2009, 04:35 PM
We have some cd roms that educationally. We also watch what site Lyric goes to, she really likes some art sites and we do allow her to watch youtube videos (we keep an eye on what she watches).
I would say if you have a free moment, do a google search for what you would like her to use website wise.
That link didn't work for me.
You're the lucky one then. I want my brain cells back.
08-31-2009, 11:59 AM
+1! I accidentally rolled my mouse over the photos on the right, and it shouted at me. Scared me half to death!
I should say my brain cells back
08-31-2009, 12:07 PM
09-08-2009, 08:36 AM
I know a couple of people who work on the Disney online games (Toon Town etc.) monitoring chats & emails, and the stories about children having cybersex would be funny if they weren't just sad.
Anywho. Yeah. More good news: Web-monitoring software gathers data on kid chats (http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5i5CjgMEdrwRm3JxeglUykMAHAYmAD9AGNVM00)
09-08-2009, 10:13 AM
Minimeder is 8, and he likes "Poptropica (http://www.poptropica.com/)" which is a make-your-own-superhero game. Webkinz (http://www.webkinz.com) is okay if you own a webkinz and have the code, PBS (http://pbskids.org/), and MechQuest (http://www.mechquest.com/) (kind of a Battletech type videogame site). Usually these are pretty safe, but we always say that he can't "talk" to other players in the games and if we aren't watching him 100%, we keep popping in and checking on him. He's pretty good about not doing things he's not supposed to, and when he isn't sure he comes and asks us.
Never let them just play completely unsupervised. If he (or she) plays any kind of game where talking to other players can happen, it should always be with adult supervision.
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