My Favorite Websites: Education and Technology

There are a bunch of cool websites that I have been introduced to over the summer and I wanted to share them with you WTFlicka peeps and hear about ones that you love too. This week I’ll start with ones that are great for kids and what’s great for kids is usually great for parents.

Educational: 

freerice.com

Felicity Huffman's What the Flicka? -freerice.org
My daughter’s summer school teacher turned us onto this site. It’s a non-profit website that is owned by and supports the United Nations World Food Program. This is how it works: Your child signs up, the program send you (the parent) an email to okay the membership, and then your kids gets to “play” as often as they want. For every correct answer Free Rice donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program. They launched in 2007 and so far freericers have raised enough to feed over 5 million people worldwide! There are lots of categories: English, Chemistry, Geography, The sciences, and humanities, etc. My daughter loves that while she is learning she is helping the world.

“Perhaps even greater …than the learning… is the investment your donated rice makes in hungry human beings, enabling them to function and be productive. Somewhere in the world, a person is eating rice that you helped provide.”

Technology:
Commonsensemedia.org

Felicity Huffman's What the Flicka? -Commonsensemedia
My daughters get invited to go to the movies, play games on their friend’s phones, or watch funny videos on their friend’s computers. It happens weekly if not daily. I try to be a watchdog about what they ingest from the media and technology, but I need help. That’s why I am so glad commonsensemedia exists! It is a wonderful nonpartisan, not-for-profit resource for parents which provide age-based media reviews and information so that parents can make informed choices. They rate the media based on age appropriateness and learning potential.

On their website, commonsensemedia states that our nation’s children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school. This profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development; so I want to be informed and educated.

The other cool thing on this site is that families have the opportunity to give policymakers and media companies feedback and encourage them to improve the media environment for all kids.

What are some of your favorite sites for your kids?

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