Picks and Pans Review: Blue Content, Blue Ribbons
Wandering the Web is child's play these days, thanks to Yahooligans, a new addition to the popular Yahoo guide especially designed for 8-to 14-year-olds. We asked Lindsay Kaplan, 12, of Englewood, N.J., daughter of PEOPLE reporter Gail Nussbaum, to try it out. Here's what she found.
In general, I thought there were many good things to choose from, lots-of topics and good graphics. Yahooligans was easy to use; it was organized in a way that you could find stuff even if you weren't that used to computers. The material is geared to kids like me, but sometimes it's limited. I tried to look up information about Cuba for a homework project, but I didn't find anything. When I tried using the grown-up Yahoo browser, I came up with lots of material, but most was too hard for me.
Not everything is purely educational. There was a fun section of comics (Peanuts is my favorite) and magazines you could read online. The magazines were only so-so, with an odd mixture of stuff like The Web Page of "Weird Al" Yankovic and one called CyberTeens and another called Edge. I liked the movie section better. At the Ace Ventura site, you could click on Jim Carrey and hear him say, "All righty then!" I liked that so much, I downloaded it into my computer.