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Kids Giving Back

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Children are more involved in charitable works these days via the Web.

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We always hear how the Internet is bad for kids, right? Well, here's a switch: The Washington Post reports that children and teenagers nationwide are getting involved in philanthropy more than ever, thanks to the Internet.

In Club Penguin, a popular online game club for the elementary school set, more than 2.5 million kids gave their virtual earnings to charities in a contest last month. In response, the site's founders are giving $1 million to charities based on the children's preferences. (Those of us who yelled at our kiddos for being on Club Penguin too much last month are now bowing our heads in shame...)

Want your child to get in on all this do-gooding? Here are four other sites we love that help kids make a difference:

• At ReadtoFeed.org, kids can help hungry people all over the world to be better fed, proud and self-reliant with the help of Heifer International, one of our fave charities. Heifer International gives milk-producing animals to families in need. Got milk?

• At FreeRice.com, you can give free rice to hungry people by playing a simple word game. (But one Mom here found it kind of disturbing that if her kid couldn't spell, another kid might go hungry...)

• At Childsplaycharity.org, children can donate video games and toys to children's hospitals. This is something that kids (particularly gamers) get really excited about.

• At Globalgiving.com, you can purchase "give cards." Like gift cards, the cards enable kids to go to an online marketplace and find a charity to make a donation. What a great idea for birthday parties!


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Ten Tees January 9, 2011, 2:41 PM

Interesting article. Nice to read. There’s a thing to make about funny shirts.


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