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10 Websites With News and Current Events for Kids

News For KidsWhether you teach English, History or Science, current events and news make for excellent classroom learning material. Between reading the material, learning about the world around them and developing opinions about current events and politics - the following websites will bolster any educational environment.

The following list are ten of the best news and current event websites online that offer not only news, but also activities and other interesting content that kids love

Kind News Online

At Kind News Online, kids get a glimpse of what it's like to read the daily news, however the content is geared more toward topics that most kids like, rather than topics that you'd find in "adult" news or social current events.

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Kind News Online


The real goal of Kind News is to present kids with stories and activities that promote the idea of being kind to other people and to animals. The content encourages kids to get out and do something positive in their community to help other people or animals.

Tween Tribune

Unlike Kind News, the Tween Tribune is geared more toward pre-teens that do have a greater interest in the "adult" world around them.

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Tween Tribune


However, the news stories get on the level of pre-teens, rather than talking down to them from the perspective of an adult. Teens appreciate news articles like "Would you pay $200,000 to fly into space?" or "Schools want to trick you into eating right". The articles make pre-teens feel as though their voice and their opinions are important and valued.

Sports Illustrated for Kids

Over at SI Kids, you'll find writers that wearing neon glasses or funky multi-colored hats that will really make kids smile. While the news stories still cover sporting events and sports news, the tone is light and the writing is always fun.

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Sports Illustrated for Kids


SI Kids is especially useful for children that are really into sports. In addition to the news section, kids will also find cool photos and videos and even a games section where they can pass time playing some pretty cool games.

Scholastic News Online

Well known throughout most schools for promoting reading and literacy, Scholastic is a powerhouse in the educational community. So, it goes without saying that Scholastic also provides one of the best websites with news and current events for kids.

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Scholastic News Online


Scholastic covers some of the most popular mainstream news stories, but also offers kids other great content like polls and reader opinions. If kids are interested in reporting, there's even a "Kids Press Corps" they can join.

Time for Kids

Within the mainstream news, Time is well-known as one of the most reliable media sources in the world. Time magazine has covered famous events and people throughout the decades.

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Time for Kids


At the Time for Kids website, kids will find the same level of current news reporting, but with a slant toward what kids are most interested in. With more news stories than most other sites, Time for Kids is the place for students that are truly interested in keeping up with current events.

Weekly Reader

Weekly Reader offers kids with a variety of activities and content to check out online, but the bulk of the news that's offered actually comes from the print magazines.

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Weekly Reader


Clicking on news editions at the bottom of the site lets kids (and teachers) download "Online Exclusives" from the print news magazines.

Science News for Kids

Science News for Kids is another news site that rivals other sites like Time for Kids, except that it focuses primarily on stories related to the subject of Science.

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Science News for Kids


Stories here really cover a wide range that Science teachers will appreciate, including animals, space, the human body and much more.

CNN Student News

CNN is one of the most popular news sources for adults, so it's no surprise that CNN Student News is also one of the most popular news sources for students.

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CNN Student News


This section of CNN offers video, news stories, blogs and podcasts covering mainstream news stories that kids are most interested in.

National Geographic for Kids

For teachers and parents that would like their kids to have access to the highest quality information about science and nature, National Geographic is an obvious choice. Thankfully, Nation Geographic also built a section of their domain exclusively for kids.

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Try Science


National Geographic Kids covers amazing stories about animals and nature, famous people and places, science and space, history and much more.

Dogo News

If you have kids that prefer sites that are aesthetically pleasing and offer current, useful information every day, DogoNews is an excellent choice.

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DogoNews


DogoNews is more of a blog format than the other sites listed here, but the articles are high quality and cover some of the most relevant and timely current events that kids are interested in.

Daily News is one of those areas of content that really demands constant updates and useful information. Websites that offer news for kids should be just as current and updated just as frequently as sites for adults.

The top 10 news and current event sites listed above do that and more, and offer content and stories that students, teachers and parents can appreciate and discuss every day.


Written October 18, 2010 by Ryan Dube


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Social Studies



User Reviews & Comments

12/03/2010 Golnar
GoGoNews is an excellent kids news site. Smart, topical and fun for kid. www.gogonews.com

12/03/2010 Golnar
GoGoNews is an excellent kids news site. Smart, topical and fun for kid. www.gogonews.com

11/29/2010 Daniel Richie
http://www.smartvlearning.com provides the best resources for kids education like kids educational music mp3s to make learning a fun activity for kids.

11/29/2010 Daniel Richie
http://www.smartvlearning.com provides the best resources for kids education like kids educational music mp3s to make learning a fun activity for kids.

11/25/2010 Jennifer O.
Good list! Here's another to add.http://www.kidciti.com also has current kids events and attractions by city. Seems like a new site but things are being added everyday. Best part is that they have a childrens events map which lets you pinpoint the location exactly.

11/25/2010 Jennifer O.
Good list! Here's another to add.http://www.kidciti.com also has current kids events and attractions by city. Seems like a new site but things are being added everyday. Best part is that they have a childrens events map which lets you pinpoint the location exactly.

11/11/2010 Deepa Gopal
Youngzine (http://www.youngzine.com) is a new site that presents mainstream current news and events, specifically for kids aged 8-15. In addition to presenting news using lots of videos and images, it allows kids to contribute articles, make comments, participate in contests and earn points. Check out http://www.youngzine.com and notice the difference!

11/11/2010 Deepa Gopal
Youngzine (http://www.youngzine.com) is a new site that presents mainstream current news and events, specifically for kids aged 8-15. In addition to presenting news using lots of videos and images, it allows kids to contribute articles, make comments, participate in contests and earn points. Check out http://www.youngzine.com and notice the difference!

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