Ben's Guide serves as the educational component of GPO Access, GPO's service to provide the official online version of legislative and regulatory information.
This site provides learning tools for K-12 students, parents, and teachers. These resources will teach how our government works, the use of the primary source materials of GPO Access, and how one can use GPO Access to carry out their civic responsibilities. Students can learn about the branches of government, the election process, and how laws are made. This includes debate topics, word puzzles, historical documents, and resources for parents and teachers.
And, just as GPO Access provides locator services to U.S. Government sites, Ben's Guide provides a similar service to U.S. Government Web sites developed for kids.
The Federal Trade Commision asks: "Everywhere you look, you see advertisements--not just on TV and online, but on buses, buildings, and scoreboards. Many ads taret kids ages 8 to 12. Do your students have the critical thinking skills to understand ads, what they're saying, and what they want kids to do?"
Admongo makes media analysis and awareness fun! Admongo is provided by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to teach kids about advertising. The FTC cites the goals of its campaign to be to "help kids learn to ask three key 'critical thinking' questions when they encounter advertising: 1. Who is responsible for the ad? 2. What is the ad actually saying? 3. What does the ad want me to do?"
Kids.gov is the official kids’ portal to the U.S. government. With links to over 1,200 web pages from educational organizations, schools, and government agencies, it’s geared to the learning levels and interests of girls and boys in grades K-5 and 6-8.
The site is organized into three audiences: Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, and Educators. Each audience tab is divided into educational subjects like Arts, Math, and History.
Within each subject, the websites are grouped as either government sites (Federal, state, military) or other resources (commercial, non-profit, educational). The sites listed under the other resources category are maintained by other public and private organizations. When users click on these links, they are leaving Kids.gov and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside websites.