What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disney Create is a safe, free part of the Disney website where kids use apps to create a variety of types of online art, post it online, and connect with other kids. You can use the site's drawing apps and tools without registering, but you'll need to register if you want to save and/or share artwork. However, if you've already registered for another Disney site, you can log into this site using your account ID and password.
Is it any good?
DISNEY CREATE offers a fun, simple way for kids to draw online using
apps -- artistic tools with individual themes like pets, villains, and
more. After registering and picking an online identity from a selection of
Disney icons like Aladdin and Alice in Wonderland, kids can paint,
sketch, add pre-drawn images, and save their artwork to their desktop --
or opt to share it on the site. Users can also comment on and rate
shared art. The site's drawing tools are easy to use; each app contains a brief
rundown of its various functions. And there are plenty to choose from: In addition to the drawing-based apps, the site also offers tools to
sketch cartoons and functionality to create and animate cats, birds, and
other animals. The result? Kids should be able to find plenty of things
to doodle with each time they use Disney Create.
Online interaction: The site's SpeedChat Plus feature lets users chat with pre-selected messages like "Thanks" and "What's your favorite game?" Users can also key in words, but if they aren't in the dictionary, you'll have to choose an alternate word before the message can be sent.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Why do some sites, like this one, encourage you to chat with other users with words and sentences that have already been selected for you to use?
What kinds of things should you watch out for on sites where people can type in anything they want? What shouldn't you say? For more tips on safe site communication, check out our article on online privacy.
You can look at -- and comment on -- the pictures kids create on this site. What kinds of things would be considered nice comments or constructive criticism? What kinds of things wouldn't be positive or nice to say?