What Parents Should Know
Parents need to know that although this homework hub is managed by a 17-year-old boy (and his dad), it's wise beyond its years. The Discovery Channel teamed up with BJ Pinchbeck to offer only kid-appropriate organized links to educational resources ("English" takes you to authors, grammar lessons, and quotations, for example), so parents don't need to worry when their kid is taken off the site. There's an ad slot for other Discovery Channel sites and their store, and one for a subscription-based homework aid ($9.95/month).
Families can talk about using the Internet for homework help. What makes up a good resource for school kids? Is it better to have a site for a specific age group or for a specific topic, or does it matter? Can you think of a site that's not a reliable hub of information? Why is it not reliable?
BJ Pinchbeck's homework help is on the way! Finding information about any subject -- from algebra to the history of DNA -- is easy. Where content is clearly organized by subject areas (including recess, reference, and search engines), subcategories give you more direction and link to the best resources on the Web. Most importantly, if you can't find information on the subject you're looking for, it'll be clear in minutes and you can move on. Or, you can email BJ with suggestions of missing resources.
There were a few broken links and pop-ups will, well, pop up, as kids browse through many different sites, but overall this is a no-hassle library of links helpful for quick questions and homework assignments.Wikipedia.org
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