Website review by Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Block-based coder makes programming, animation accessible.

Parents say

age 8+

Based on 37 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 297 reviews

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age 9+

Useless and brainless

User service is awful!!! Scratch had detected the word password through one of my sons comments which wasn't given as a personal password but as a group's password and it blocked him for 3 days. Later, they detected the same comment and banned that account for the same exact reason that they blocked it for previously. He hadn't shared any passwords or codes since and he got banned for doing nothing!! Screw scratch and everything to do with it. "It has no use in real life and the clearly don't know what the he** they're doing". Stay away from this if you can read!!! - as stated by my son
4 people found this helpful.
age 8+

Absolutely AWFUL

My overall experience with Scratch is absolutely awful. I used Scratch for several years and it started out okay. My overall experience learning code with it went pretty well. However, I believe some significant improvements could be made with their moderation. The moderation on Scratch is absolute CHAOS. The moderators (so called "Scratch Team..") have sent warnings and bans to so many users for completely illegitamate reasons. Even if the reasons aren't even against their "community guidelines." It happens a LOT and I am absolutely fed up with being banned so many times for the dumbest reasons. I cannot peacefully use this website without being in constant fear that my next ban is coming. Additionally, I've tried to appeal my bans and they have been BLOCKING MY EMAILS!!! Also, one time when I tried to appeal one of my bans, they said something that basically implied that I was a danger to their site and they LITERALLY told me to grow up and go educate myself. In short, Scratch is not a good choice for children or students mainly because of their terrible moderation and lack of professionalism. In case you're wondering, I have given up on Scratch entirely and do not plan to use it again.
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