What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- thinking critically
- making conclusions
- achieving goals
- friendship building
- respecting other viewpoints
Responsibility & Ethics
- following codes of conduct
- social media
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.