BiblioNasium

Common Sense Media says

A safe place where kids can review and share favorite books.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Site makes reading a fun thing to share with friends, which is obviously a good thing. Kids can get competitive or just enjoy the process of logging what they've read, which will give them a feeling of accomplishment.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

This community is highly monitored and includes only teachers and kids, making it extremely safe. If kids want a BiblioNasium account, a parent or teacher must first sign up, and then accounts for kids can be created under that account. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that BiblioNasium is a social-networking website that lets young readers log and share their favorite books. It's COPPA-compliant (COPPA is the Child Online Privacy Protection Act), which means your kid is going to be as safe as possible while she or he talks about books with other kids and teachers. The site is simple to use and supportive, and the reading challenges will give kids more confidence in their reading skills.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • writing
  • discussion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • thinking critically
  • making conclusions

Creativity

  • imagination

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • goal-setting
  • initiative

Emotional Development

  • persevering

Communication

  • friendship building

Collaboration

  • respecting other viewpoints

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

Tech Skills

  • social media

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

With the support of Coach Chip Manzee, an animated monkey motivator, kids will stay engaged by completing self-created challenges or competing for gift cards. Design is colorful and super kid-friendly.

Learning Approach

Kids will not only read books but also learn how to talk about them, forming opinions as they share thoughts with friends. These skills could help them with essay writing in the future and improve their communication online and in real life.

Support

An excellent help section and a series of FAQs are available for each type of user: kid, parent, and teacher. Additionally, Coach Chip Manzee often appears on-screen to share helpful hints (this function can be turned off).

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • writing
  • discussion

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • thinking critically
  • making conclusions

Creativity

  • imagination

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • goal-setting
  • initiative

Emotional Development

  • persevering

Communication

  • friendship building

Collaboration

  • respecting other viewpoints

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

Tech Skills

  • social media

Kids can learn that reading doesn't have to be a lonely endeavor; this site gives them the opportunity to talk about books, which is a big part of the fun. When kids add a book to their BiblioNasium libraries, they immediately get to make choices: Did they like it? Why did they like it? Why do they want to share it with a friend? They'll learn communication skills, improve their writing skills, and -- let's not forget the main thing -- actually read books! BiblioNasium is a warm, colorful community where kids can challenge themselves and have a great time doing it.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

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What's it about?

BIBLIONASIUM is a social network that allows kids to log books, review them, and share or recommend them to fellow kid readers. Parents or teachers must sign up first and then grant access to kids. Users get to choose an animated avatar and then can start to add books to their \"My Books\" section.

Kids can log their progress, create reading challenges for themselves, and review and recommend books to their BiblioNasium friends. In return, they'll get to see what other kids are reading in a safe, private environment.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

It's simple, warm, and welcoming, with lots of highlights that kids will appreciate (like goofy GIF avatars!) as well as safety measures that will reassure parents wary of social networking. The reading challenges create a sense of healthy competition, whether kids are competing against themselves or a friend. Overall, the site instills the sense that reading for pleasure is a great, fun activity.

Families can talk about...

  • Host a "reading club" at your house. Kids can get together, read their books, have a snack, and then talk about what they liked and didn't in what they just read.

  • If your kid is doing a BiblioNasium reading challenge, do one, too! 

  • Organize a family reading hour and share books and reviews among family members. 

Website details

Genre:Social Networking
Topics:Book characters
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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