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Top educational websites for kids

Help cyber-savvy kids log on to learning with these nine brainy websites.

By Christina Tynan-Wood

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Brain Pop


All ages, $9.95/month (free features too)

If Saturday-morning cartoons were educational, your job would be a lot easier, right? Welcome to BrainPop. This educational tool will have kids laughing, begging for "just a few more minutes," and learning (science, math, social studies, health, and art). Heck, you can even offload the birds-and-bees talk to BrainPop to get the ball rolling. Your child can test his knowledge at the end of each short animated video. When he's not around, you may find yourself seeking knowledge from Tim and Moby — the animated dude and his robot who seem to know just about everything. There is some free stuff, but a membership (you want one of these) is $9.95 a month.

Bottom line: Clever cartoons will have your kid begging for more ... learning.

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Christina Tynan-Wood has written for Better Homes and Gardens, Popular Science, PC World, PC Magazine, InfoWorld, and many others. She currently writes the "Family Tech" column in Family Circle and blogs at