School has started, and with it comes all the ads for back-to-school ads claiming that buying a tablet will help your kid in school. I'm not sure how that's possible, but given how many kids have various devices, it's nice to know some sites that are good for them. Since it's inevitable that they will not only have those devices but will quite likely prefer them over books, here's stuff they might like. I've covered this topic before, but here's a couple more.
One of my go-to site for is Wikipedia. I don't have to go into too much detail on what it is; you should all know by now. That said, there's some neat stuff on there that should pique the interest of many young folk with a taste for the weird. The best way to get at it? Look no further than the rather thorough List of Unusual Articles. Here you will find everything from articles about perfectly logical sentences consisting of only the word "Buffalo" to the novels of Saddam Hussein, as well as weird bits of math and science.
Kotaku is good for those who want to keep abreast of the gamer industry. Kids tend to obsess over stuff, and kids who love games and gaming want to know what's coming. Kotaku is quite good at keeping up, and though they often discuss the business side of things as much as games themselves.
Neither of these sites are intended for teens, but I don't like to think of them as needing dumbed-down content. If it fits their field of interest, I'll suggest it. So the warning comes: the content is not always kid-friendly, particularly the Wikipedia stuff. They'll cover anything, so be warned.
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