Guide to U.S. Government for Kids
an exciting new Web site for students, parents, and teachers.
This powerful resource, Ben's
Guide to U.S. Government for Kids provides a fun and educational
introduction to how the U.S. Government works.
U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) developed the new site.
Benjamin Franklin as a guide, the kids' pages cover topics
such as the U.S. Constitution, how laws are made, the branches
of the Federal government, and what it means to be a U.S.
citizen. Ben's Guide also includes games and links to other
U.S. Government Web sites created for kids. A prototype of
Ben's Guide was critiqued at the American Association of School
Librarians conference in November 1999, where it received
A service of the Superintendent of Documents, Ben's Guide
offers sets of resources tailored to four specific age groups,
plus a special set for parent and educators. It also offers
instruction on the use of the primary source materials on
GPO Access, a free web service of GPO that provides electronic
access to a wealth of important information products produced
by the U.S. Federal Government.
Franklin was chosen as the "tour guide" through this site
since he was, among many other things, the first public librarian
in America and the first official printer of the colonies.
His accomplishments earned him the honorary title of "first
public printer" of the United States.
the current Public Printer, Michael F. DiMario said "Studies
have shown that students in this nation do not have an adequate
knowledge of how their government works or a basic understanding
of civics. Through Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids,
GPO is doing its part in educating our nation's young people
about their government."
Any comments about or suggestions for Ben's Guide can be sent
to email@example.com. This
important feedback will be used to assist in the ongoing development
and improvement of this site.