Learn at Home: A Listing of Government Agency Pages for Kids
The federal government was established by the U.S. Constitution in 1790 and manages the United States of America. The powers of the federal government are vast, and because we have 50 states, managing them all is a huge task. Therefore, in addition to the three branches of government (legislative, judicial and executive), the federal government is broken down into agencies that exercise influence or control different parts of our lives; collectiveely this is referred to as Government Law.
Government agencies are organizations, each of which is responsible for administering certain functions of the federal government. Each agency has different functions within the governmental system. For example, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms controls alcohol, cigarettes and guns; while the Center for Mental Health Service controls laws and programs that concern mental health. Governmental agencies usually contain kids' pages, which are dedicated to helping a child understand what each agency does and the role it plays in our federal government. Some kids' pages feature fun games and activities to help children learn about the functions of that agency. Look to the following resources to find various government agency pages for kids.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation - Kids Page
- FBI Youth
- FBI Kids K-5th Grade: Safety Tips
- FBI Kids K-5th Grade: Internet Safety
- USGS Earthquakes for Kids
- USGS Astrogeology: Astro Kids
- USGS Education
- USGS Water Science for Schools
Other Government Agencies
The United States is divided up into nine judicial districts. Each of these districts have Federal prosecutors, each a government lawyer that go after criminals that have violated federal laws or regulations. instances of government discrimination may be also investigated by a federal prosecutor, who also have the option of granting government immunity to accused persons who testify on behalf of the persecution. Government immunity is not to be confused with governmental immunity, which prevents citizens from suing the government and its employees for certain reasons. Another form of immunity is diplomatic immunity, is a legal immunity applied to diplomats in their host countries, ensuring that they cannot be arrested or criminally prosecuted for any violations of local law.
There are many agencies in the federal government that can affect your daily life. One such agency is the Social Security Administration. Record numbers of people are now receiving social security survivor benefits or social security child benefits and many applicants or recipients that have been denied benefits make appeals through the National Social Security Appeals Council.
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