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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Do Ink is a supportive, user-friendly art and animation site that simplifies online image-creating tools and brings together a community of young people interested in online art. Artists can then share what they create with other Do Ink users, as well as on FaceBook, MySpace, email or YouTube.
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This top-notch art and animation site was created by a Massachusettes-based startup company that said it likes to focus on "people, art and the new." It definitely achieves that goal wtih Do Ink. It's refreshing to see an online community that generally supports each other's work, creating and sharing new ways to use online graphics tools. Not only is it entertaining, it also provides technical training to kids interested in the art and technology of digital animation.
Online interaction: Other users can comment on and vote on the art (top vote getters get featured on the site's home page and blog).The site's editors moderate the site pretty hawkishly to ensure that the online interactions are positive or at least helpful.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why it may be better to get involved in an online community based on a positive intertest, such as art creation on DoInk, rather than a general social networking or chat site. Read our advice on social networking.
Encourage your kid's creative pursuits. Watch our video Creating with Digital Media.
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