Regional Coordinator, LA | Common Sense Media
Shootings, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, end-of-the-world predictions -- even local news reports of missing kids and area shootings all can be upsetting news for adults, not to mention our kids. In our 24/7 news world, it's become nearly impossible to shield kids from distressing current events. Common Sense's recent blog post, Explaining the News to Our Kids, offers practical tips for talking about events of the day. We also have a good read about Teaching Kids Media Smarts During Breaking News.
Common Sense also offers the best news sources for kids, filtered by age. Here are a few highlights:
*News-O-Matic: Fun and interactive way for kids (7+) to learn about the world.
*Tween Tribune: Designed with tweens in mind; comments are moderated and the website includes critical-thinking exercises.
*The Learning Network: The New York Times uses the news of the day to engage and educate kids (12+).
*Scholastic Kids Press Corps: News filled website created by kids ages 9-14 from around the country. Kids are encouraged to apply each year and are selected based on their writing and reporting skills.