Since 1997, the Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC) has been helping parents help their kids find entertaining and educational websites through its Great Websites for Kids (GWS), an online resource containing hundreds of links to exceptional websites for children.
GWS features links to high-quality websites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into diverse subject headings such as animals and dinosaurs; games and entertainment; history and science; art and music; and much more. Each site entry includes a brief annotation and a grade-level rating. GWS users can also rate sites and save their favorite sites for easy access later.
Recent additions include:
- Bedtime Math - www.bedtimemath.org
- Butterflies and Moths - www.butterfliesandmoths.org
- Climate Kids - climate.nasa.gov/kids
- Computer Science Student Network (CS2N) - www.cs2n.org
- Fred Rogers Center Early Learning Environment - ele.fredrogerscenter.org
- Jet Propulsion Laboratory - www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/videos
- KidsThinkDesign - www.kidsthinkdesign.org
- SciJinks - scijinks.nasa.gov
- TurtleDiary - www.turtlediary.com
Updated regularly, the site uses a list of criteria that you can use at home or in the library when searching the Internet with your children.
Ask the following questions when you review a new online resource:
1. What is the authorship/sponsorship for this site?
2. What is the websites purpose?
3. Does the site have personality or character that will engage young users?
4. Does the site feature meaningful and useful content that educates, informs or entertains?