Youngzine - News & more for the young

When you look at the logo above, what parts jump out at you?

What do you think this is the logo for?

Do you think Current Events?

(That is not really the first thing that came to my mind)

So, what do you think of when you hear the words: Current Events?

(boring and old are some of the adjectives that come to my mind)

Do you think of the news on TV?

Do you think of the newspaper?

Do you think of the news on a website?

Do you think of the news on a radio?

News can be presented in many formats, but it is really what you take from the news that means the most.

I stumbled upon Youngzine today. I like the information shared on the site as well as the look of it, but what really caught my attention was the reason it was created …

(I don’t think boring or old when I see these current events)

From the About page:

You might have wondered as we did – is there a safe, well-lit web site for children where they can learn about current events around the world without the bias, sensationalism and often inappropriate content in mainstream media? When our quest did not yield anything, we decided to start one.

Youngzine is a one-of-a-kind Web site where children can learn about current news and events shaping their world — in a simple, engaging and interactive manner. Our goal is to help parents and educators create a vibrant community of globally aware young citizens in an increasingly connected world. Along with news stories written specifically with our young audience in mind, Youngzine strives to inform using fun trivia, compelling visuals and videos.

Youngzine is more than a passive website; it is a community of children, parents and teachers who recognize the importance of living in this highly interconnected age where our actions have far reaching impact. Children are encouraged to express their views, submit articles, book reviews or travelogues, and all content is moderated by the editorial team.

Here are a few of the features that I find engaging from this site:

  • rich images
  • opportunities for children to write
  • contests
  • videos
  • map
  • information categories
  • clean lines, white background, and rich colors
  • suggestions for classroom use

I encourage you to visit the site, take a look around, find something you like and figure out a way to use it ….

I would love if you would come back to share what you find and your ideas!

Happy Exploring!

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