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Summer Screen Time?

posted Jun 3, 2016, 8:35 AM by Julie Alonso
In Lower School, we've been talking about being mindful of how we spend our time online over the summer. We reviewed the Common Sense Media guidelines for going online via this video:

YouTube Video

1) Always ask your parents first before you go online
2) Only communicate with people you know
3) Only visit sites right for you

Our Online Library in the left sidebar has some great safe choices for screen time: (Online Library Passwords)

Destiny Quest: Older readers will find plenty of ebook options. Log in, search for "ebooks" in the Find bar, click on a title, and click "Open." It's that easy!

World Book Kids: Aside from browsing your favorite topics and brushing up on your research skills, there are other features of World Book you may not know about. Feel free to explore!

Kids InfoBits and Sirs Discoverer are both databases for younger researchers. Topics are easily searchable by subject, which makes browsing fun! Sirs Discoverer even has entire nonfiction books available to read online!

Tumblebooks is a collection of online picture books that can be accessed anywhere you have internet access. These books are read out loud, so even developing readers can take a story break! Tumblebooks can be accessed on any platform. Some favorite stories available include: Mercy Watson (series), Mr. Magee (series), books by Robert Munsch.

BrainPop Jr is a database we have in the library featuring informative videos and other games and activities. Recently, the Kindergartners and 1st graders have really enjoyed the Construct-a-saurus game

Don't forget SFPL!  In addition to their awesome amount of summer programming, their online resources mean that, for the price of a library card and PIN number (can't beat $free!), you can access their eLibrary of ebooks, audiobooks, streaming and downloadable videos, and databases, including Bookflix, a collection of video storybooks. 

Looking for more? Our Family Resources page has links to even more online books and Common Sense Media just promoted this collection of apps and websites

Also, check out our For Fun page for more. The Kindergartners were especially intrigued by the San Diego Zoo for Kids site!  Have a great link you think we should add? Email us!