Where do your kids go on the web?

My twins are only two, but they are already fascinated with the computer.  While I’m extremely proud of their interest in technology, I’m also a little afraid. 

Both of my children love to get on my lap while I’m working and play with the mouse or pretend to type.  They love to get e-cards from Grandma.  And they like looking at the Playhouse Disney site with Mommy because it has all their favorite characters.

My husband and I have discussed it and think its time for the twins to get their own computer. Nothing fancy.  Just a basic model, making even a refurbished one.  But what computer is not the difficult decision.  Besides, some learning games we buy, where else can my toddlers go safely on the computer?

The Internet opens up a whole wide world of information and activities, but it also opens up a world of creepiest scum out there peddingling stuff I don’t want my children to be exposed to.

I recently came across this list of 50 Sites for Kids that I’ll be bookmarking.  Some of them are still to old for the twins, but they’ll be handy in the future.  Like the list of sites for help with homework and news.

For toddlers, I think these are my top choices:

Playhouse Disney — Games and activities featuring all the twins favorite characters — Little Einsteins, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Handy Manny and My Friends, Tigger and Pooh.

Seussville — Games revolving around our favorite rhyming author.

Sesame Street — Games involving the lovable muppets from Sesame Street.  Includes printable coloring pages.

Nick Jr. — The twins can enjoy activities with Blue, Dora, Diego, The Backyardigans and Wonder Pets.

Boomrang — I want my children to be able to enjoy the classic cartoons from my youth including Scooby Doo, Looney Tunes, The Flinstones and The Jetsons.

Crayola — A plethora of arts & craft activities for every age.  The site has online coloring pages.

What are your children’s favorite website?  What would you recommend me bookmarking for the toddlers?

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5 Responses to Where do your kids go on the web?

  1. Diane says:

    Thanks for this blog. I have recently become a parent again. My first time around as a parent, home computer were never an issue. And then I became a grandparent in the electronic age and I knew my children would oversee my grandchildren’s internet activities and again I wasn’t worried. But now I have recently become a parent to a 12 year old and now I must learn more about what is out there on the internet before I can become a guide for a 12 year old. Thanks for the tip on good sites, I shall check them out and encourage my 12 year old Foster daughter to check them out also. Thanks for the insight. I will also pass this info onto other foster parents.
    Foster Mom

  2. addittothelist says:

    When my boys were that little, they loved a free computer program that we received in the mail from Publix (a southern grocery store chain). It taught excellent lessons on food and health while they had fun. When they got older, I gave the program to their preschool. The teachers said it was a favorite in their classes. You can sign up online at http://www.Publix.com – join the “Preschool Pals” club.

  3. vacelts says:

    addittothelist, that’s for the info about Publix. Unfortunately, they don’t offer it in my state, but it’s nice to see businesses take an interest in our youth.

  4. Mary Kate says:

    My kids have been through different sites, but the most visited sites as of this moment are the coloring pages, like the ones of http://www.thecolor.com.

  5. Mariela says:

    My boys most visited http://www.coloring4all.com

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