Digital Media for Kids

Early Literacy

  • Just For Kids Video Database - A streaming collection of kid-friendly and and educational media for kids to discover and explore. Children can enjoy a variety of popular telvision shows such as Sesame Street, Reading Rainbow, and Dr. Seuss, along with fun games, songs and other interactives all from home!
  • KidLit TV - KidLit TV utilizes technologies such as videos and podcasts to promote children's literature and to inspire kids to read, write, and draw.
  • http://kidlit.tv/wp-content/themes/kidlittv-bones/library/images/kidlit-sitelogo-small.pngStarfall - Short stories that concentrate on a vowel or blend sound. By clicking on a word, help is given. Primarily designed for first grade, also useful for pre-kindergarten, Kindergarten and second grade.
  • Story Blocks - Get your child ready to read! Watch short videos modeling songs, rhymes, and fingerplays. Each video includes helpful early literacy tips. Sorted by age groups (babies, toddlers, and preschoolers).

Educational Games

  • ABCya - This site features educational games for kids. Includes several different keyboarding games. There is a login but it is not required to play the games.
  • Fun Brain - Who ever thought learning math could be so much fun? Test your math skills with these fun and interesting games. Includes some teacher and parenting resources.
  • Learning Games For Kids - This site features games for preschool and elementary students that build skills in math, reading, social studies, science, art and music. Includes typing and finger placement games.
  • Nick Jr. - From the people who bring you the Nickelodeon Channel, this site is created for younger children and has a variety of games, activities and fun.Image result for pbs kids
  • PBS Kids - Games, videos, contests and more - all based on your favorite PBS Kids shows.

Podcasts

  • But Why: A Podcast for Curious Kids - Children record questions they'd like answers to, parents send the audio file to the show, and the team behind it group the questions into topics and answer them with the help of experts. Best for ages 6 and up.
  • Brains On - Similar to But Why, this is another radio podcast that takes kid-submitted science questions and answers them with the help of experts. Best for kids and tweens.
  • Smash, Boom, Best -This spin-off of the popular Brains On! podcast is a family-friendly debate podcast. A kid judge listens to and scores the rousing, fact-based arguments of two contestants. Best for kids and tweens.
  • Wow in the World – NPR’s podcast for kids discusses the latest news in science and technology in a way that's enjoyable for kids and informative for grown-ups. Best for all ages
  • Tumble - This podcast addresses fascinating topics by interviewing scientists about their process and discoveries. Best for kids and tweens.
  • Story Time - These 10- to 15-minute stories are a perfect way to lull your little one to sleep. Each episode contains a kid-friendly story, read by a soothing narrator Best for preschoolers and little kids.
  • The Past and the Curious Podcast – This podcast features actors performing little-known stories from history in a playful manner. Best for all ages.
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: the Podcast – This podcast dives into the lives of the extraordinary women featured in the book series, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Best for kids.

Reference Resources

  • Bat Resource Area - Maintained by the Bat Conservation Society, this site includes bat facts, photos, pictures, and fascinating bat trivia, such as how to exclude bats from buildings.
  • DK Find Out - A general interest site with fun facts, quizzes, games, and activities on a wide variety of topics.
  • http://halseyburgund.com/images/ocean_portal_logo.pngOcean Portal - Find Your Blue created by the Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History. Discover the sea through a fun-filled blog, media gallery video, or current museum happenings. Explore ocean life and amazing ocean photos. Under the Educator's Corner, check-out lessons plans for all grades.

For Parents

  • Cyberbullying Prevention Guide - Trying to keep your child safe online can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. To help, our safety team at ASecureLife has compiled a parent-friendly guide to preventing, recognizing, and dealing with cyberbullying.
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