Bitstrips

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Comics creator doesn't require art skills, just imagination.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

Kids can learn communication, reading, self-expression, and storytelling skills. Bitstrips makes it easy for budding Botticellis and kids who aren't artistically inclined to share their thoughts. The strongest lessons come from Bitstrips for Schools, which only educational institutions can access. Kids are empowered by the ability to create cool-looking cartoons and share their work with a community of peers. 

Positive Messages

Comments are generally positive. The teacher-based Bitstrips for Schools site also includes a section on values, which features anti-bullying and other activities.

Violence

Users have posted comics with cartoon corpses, vivid murders, and other gory images.

Sex

Kids may find comics that mention sex; some feature nude characters. It's also a little odd that users have the option of selecting a small or large chest size when creating their avatar. Google ads that link to sex-charged sites may also appear when you search for sex-related terms.

Language

Comics and posts with words like damn are allowed. Searches for f--k and s--t won't turn up any results, and words like f--k are replaced with symbols (@#) in comments, but some users have slipped past the site's filter using other variations.

Consumerism

Ads appear on some site pages; kids can also purchase shirts decorated with characters they create.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some user-submitted comic strips include jokes about characters being drunk; some also glorify drug use.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids have to register and submit a username, password, and age to use Bitstrips. If kids say they're under 13, they're asked to submit a parent's email address. During the verification process, parents can check a box to let their child publish comics that anyone can see on the site or choose not to. Parents can also allow or prevent their kids from sending and receiving friend requests, chatting with other friends, sending and receiving messages from other users, or prevent their kids from viewing and posting comments.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byjordanc October 5, 2014

Bitstrips Review

Bitstrips Bitstrips is a free, easy to use comic website that can do the following: create your own virtual comics, create your own personalized characters, loo... Continue reading
Adult Written byABdullah Zufar July 10, 2015

Me

My Families good
Kid, 11 years old November 5, 2013

Fun!

I did Bitstrips with my school. It's so fun and useful! I've never been on the Bitstrips social network, but the creating part is very amusing. But yo... Continue reading

What's it about?

Kids can choose from different features to customize characters, and then use them to make a comic strip on BITSTRIPS. They're guided through each step and can flex their creativity without feeling like they need to have advanced artistic abilities. A companion site, BITSTRIPS FOR SCHOOLS, lets teachers create a classroom portal and assign suggested activities that will help kids learn about various Common Core Standard topics, including specific subjects like geometric math principles and more general topics, like interpersonal skills.

Is it any good?

The BITSTRIPS community-based site gives kids a chance to create and share narrative comic strips. They can customize characters (including themselves), insert them into comics, add text, and post the result on the site. The comic creation tool, which includes drag-and-drop and click-to-select features, is easy to use. But it provides kids with an impressive amount of options and eliminates the need to draw things by hand, which makes the experience faster and less frustrating than some creative sites.

A spin-off website, BITSTRIPS FOR SCHOOLS, makes the tool a stronger learning resource by offering virtual classroom set-up and dozens of activities teachers can assign to kids, covering topics like math, history, and business.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what chronological order means and how it's used in writing. Can your child identify the beginning, middle, and end of a favorite story?

  • How does a story change when you tell it to someone, instead of writing it down? What things can be conveyed better in print than with your voice?

  • Creating a story is an entirely different experience that hearing or reading one. Discuss a recent event in your child's life that could be turned into a comic strip or story. What pictures would your child include? Is there any information that should be left out because it doesn't really relate to the main point?

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