Common Sense Media says

Super-safe site where kids can create and share drawings.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Creating, sharing, and appreciating others' art can be fun.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

A language filter rejects any comments or other entries with swear words (or creative misspellings of bad words) with a message that says "Sorry, comments with bad words are not allowed."

Consumerism

The site contains prominent ads for items like Pop Tarts and plugs for Disney shows like Hannah Montana.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Very private. User profiles are written by choosing from pre-selected lists of your dream job, favorite color, favorite Disney movie, and more. You can also opt to not display your profile.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • 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?

Website details

Genre:Creating
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byDarkMidnight January 31, 2011
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

I love it, but I hate it. I draw pictures on there (not inapropreate) and I click "share" so other people can see them, but they don't show half of them. And there's nobody to talk to about it on there, nobody to explain the problem to.

Teen, 13 years old Written byvioletbutterfly April 26, 2011
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Great for drawing, drawings can take time before shown

This is fun for drawing and sharing artwork, especially if you have friends on it. But It can take a LONG time for drawings to become "approved for sharing" and totally not innapropriate drawings sometimes are never aprproved. Expect drawings to be approved from 1 day to 1 week of being drawn. This can be frustrating. Especially when you start. It seems the more popular you become, the faster your drawings are approved and the more drawings are featured. The site isn't fair to people just starting out. You just have to keep drawing and sharing until enough people see your art. And there's no way to send messages to disney, to tell them this. And the search feature is currently broken (May 2011) so you can only find new things. This means that if you have new people joining, it can be nearly impossible to find each other. But the new Create News is awesome and solves many issues and annoyances.

Kid, 10 years old Written byamyrosegal May 8, 2011
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

AWESOME!

I love this! I put my drawings on here all the time!

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