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May 19, 2013

A safe Internet for the kids

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Pinky Dinky Doo, at pinkydinkydoo.com, features a little cartoon girl named Dinky, who lets kids play games on her cheese sandwich-shaped game controller. There are also videos, story podcasts made by other kids and fun videos to watch. Plus, your mouse pointer turns into a floating triangle of yellow cheese.

Sesame Street, at sesamestreet.org. You know them, you love them, and kids have to have them, Cookie Monster and all.

Google Kids Safesearch, at safesearchkids.com. Kids love exploring and exploring the Internet can be a ton of fun. To keep your kids away from the scary side of the Internet, turn them loose on this website and let them explore all they want.

Zigitty Zoom, at ziggityzoom.com. This is one of the least annoying websites I looked at, as way too many websites for kids feature incessant eye-popping graphics, characters that can’t seem to sit still and relentless songs seemingly designed to make your ears explode. On the other hand, Zigitty Zoom is cool; take a look.

Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, at pbskids.org/rogers. No childhood experience would be complete without a dose of Mr. Rogers and here he is in all of his pleasant glory. My daughter liked Mr. Rogers; maybe yours will, too.

NickJr., at nickjr.com. Brought to you from the folks at Nickelodeon, NickJr. has a huge variety of things to keep Junior busy, as well as links to other kid-safe websites; seriously, who can resist Dora the Explorer, or Peppa Pig?

Funology, at funology.com, promotes “the science of having fun,” and they do a good job of it. Jokes, games, riddles and “Trivia and Wacky Facts” make this site a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the “Science Experiments” section, and I’m not even a kid. Well, not technically, anyway.

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