By Jessica Sanders
Give your students to freedom to explore online when you bring these websites into the classroom. You’ll find everything from kid-safe web searching sites to student-to-student chatting apps.
Safe Web Searching
Safe Search Kids: “The Google Search Engine for Kids.”
KidRex: Search results emphasize kid-friendly websites.
Fact Monster: Students can discover facts about math, science, the world and more. Website also offers a thesaurus, encyclopedia and dictionary.
GoGooligans: Kid-safe search, now with pop-up accessible keyboard for students with disabilities.
KidzSearch: Kids can search videos, pictures, websites, games, encyclopedia and a Q and A section.
KidsClick: Designed for kids by librarians.
Tween Tribune: Like the New York Times, but made for kids. Created by the Smithsonian.
Student Social Media Sites
Twiducate: Twitter-like collaboration environment.
Kimingo: Implemented by the school; requires in-person verification to get account.
Jabbersmack: Kids Safe Certified social sharing site.
Whooo’s Reading: Often referred to by students as “Facebook for reading.”
PlayKids Talk: Parents manage contacts and all messages and traffic are encrypted.
Marimba: Safe messaging app for students age 7-12.
Kuddle: Safe photo sharing.
Safe Article Browsing
Newsela: Leveled news content; five reading levels available.
Wonderopolis: Encouraging kids to wonder every single day.
Here There Everywhere: “News for kids.”
Time for Kids: This website even features kid reporters.
CNN Student News: Better for older students; middle school and up.
News for Your Classroom: Featuring 35 student reporters, from 22 states, to inspire your students.
WhizTimes: Students can browse articles and videos, and submit their own.
KidzWorld: Article categories include sports, school, games and entertainment; they can take quizzes too.
TedEd: Educational videos for students to browse.