The Internet is a great and powerful tool. As a college student, I see just how great the Internet is for research, entertainment, and as a way to keep in touch with distant family and friends. As a parent, I want my child to grow up with that same appreciation of the Internet…the only problem is that the Internet is also filled with a plethora of garbage from pornography to violence. All the stuff a parent doesn’t want their kids to see. While searching for sites that were safe, fun, and overall great for kids I came across the following:
1. Crayola Digi-Color – is a free web application ran on Crayola’s website. It is a basic whiteboard that allows you to use crayons, colored pencils, markers, paint, etc… It offers a ton of different colors. If you kid likes what they drew they have the option to print it out…or start over. Besides being free, it saves money on real paper, crayons and markers. Now I don’t have to worry what my son is writing on.
2. Seussville – is a Dr. Seuss site ran by Random House Children’s Books. It is free and filled with a ton of great kid’s games and activities. It also has a section to learn about all the Dr. Seuss characters. Definitely a must site to bookmark in your browsers favorites!
3. Nick Jr. – is ran and operated by Nickelodean. This site is filled with printable activities, preschool crafts and
even preschool games. It is an incredible site for parents who have young children prepping for their first day of school.
4. ABC ya! – is a great educational kids site filled with computer games and activities. This site allows young children the ability to learn the web. Like it or not, your children are being brought up in the information era. Computer already are a huge part of everyone’s life. The activities here allow your children to learn basic computer skills which will aid them when they start school.
5. FunBrain – is filled with educational activities to include flash arcade games, web books and comics, and much more. Activities help children learn numbers, words, culture, etc… Great for preschoolers and children in kindergarten; FunBrain also has sections for parents and teachers to help their children learn more.
The following information was based on my own research while trying to find educational, safe, and fun sites for my son.