BKFK

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Jean Armour Polly, Common Sense Media
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Good, but needs to reinvent itself.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that at the time of review, the one competition on the site was closed, although the online entry blank was still available. It should have been removed as well. Much of the information on this site should be available without registration. The online invention diary is the only thing that needs personalization.

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Adult Written bykelly11 April 9, 2008
Adult Written byhellodolly April 9, 2008

Gotta Get the Mindset

Frankly, this is the only website out there that actually hits a very specific demographic - inventive kids. The tools are not for game-playing, they are for br... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byashbash6 April 9, 2008

I was sad!

This was so dumb for all you kids out there do not go it was dumb!DUMB

What's it about?

What if kids designed toys and sporting goods for other kids? That's what By Kids For Kids (BKFK) aims to facilitate, as kids are encouraged to learn about inventing, patenting, and licensing their own products. You'll find a tutorial on the invention process, and an online diary to make notes and log your market research. This section explains the entire process of dreaming up an idea and patenting it. There are also quite a few inventor-inventions links in the link library.

Is it any good?

Unfortunately, you can't use much of the information on the site until you register and give a real email address so that parents can approve a child's participation. Once the parent has completed the online approval process, the new member can explore the site. Registration is free, but is it worth it the hassle? You decide.

One of the benefits of membership is supposed to be access to the online magazine, but it doesn't have any articles newer than three months ago. The games section offers nothing connected with inventions or inventing, instead serving up common titles such as "Concentration" and "Tetris." It's surprising that the site claims to have gotten a number of "Site of the Day" awards, since its offerings are nothing out of the ordinary. It is in need of reinventing itself.

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  • Families can talk about whether the service this site provides is worth the work you have to put in to use it. Can you think of another way the same goal(s) could be accomplished?

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