As kids, both big and little, head back to school, it’s easy to think that online time will be all about either homework or games. However, there are plenty of sites out there that are both educational and, at the same time, interesting enough to keep teenagers engaged. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourites.
As you might expect from the name, this site is dedicated to girls and claims to have the world’s largest collection of books, toys, movies and music for parents, teachers and others dedicated to raising smart, confident and courageous girls – and, of course, for girls themselves.
It regularly posts articles about strong women both historical and contemporary and gives suggestions on books to read to find out more. The literature promoted shows girls don’t have to be relegated to the role of sidekick or damsel in distress; they can be the leaders, heroes, the champions that save the day, find the cure and go on the adventure.
Not strictly for kids, this site actually has some pretty adult content but it makes our list because it also covers a huge range of topics and is an award-winning source of unbiased, reliable, easy-to-understand answers and explanations of how the world actually works today. From how Olympic time works to what if the earth’s core cooled? Parental supervision is advised but, be warned, you might find yourself being sucked in for a mega surfing session.
An excellent resource for young news hounds, Dogo is the leading online network empowering youngsters to engage with digital media in a fun, safe and social environment. Used by well over a million students and teachers from around the world, the websites have quickly grown into a community of kids and educators engaging positively with current events, books, and movies.
The news section features articles written in an easy and informative style and covering topics as diverse as the race for the White House and why ‘Finding Dory’ for your aquarium may not be a good idea. There are also various other areas to explore, from green stories to entertainment and videos.
A great resource for families battling with picky eaters and for those preparing teens to head out into the big wide world, this site has 350 step-by-step video recipes, a section on basic skills, vegan and vegetarian options and even an artsy section for special occasions such as Halloween.