Figment

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Teen writers express themselves on supportive social site.

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age 12+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn to develop their creativity and writing skills. Figment gets teens thinking about the writing process and what makes a book a good read. Teens post their works-in-progress and get feedback and encouragement along the way from peers. The site creates the space for teens to experiment and gives them the satisfaction of completing the process. Figment puts teens in the driver's seat, allowing them to write, connect with peers who share their interests, and read and comment on others' writing.

Positive Messages

The site sends the message that writing is for anyone who wants to try it, regardless of age or experience. The messages within stories vary.

Violence

Some mild violence in stories about death, crime, vampires, etc.

Sex

Some stories include references to sexual situations, but they are not very graphic.

Language

Some stories contain profanity, including "s--t" and "f--k."

Consumerism

The site doesn't have ads, but users can buy books through links to Amazon and other vendors.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few stories mention smoking and drinking (including cautionary tales).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Figment provides a creative outlet for teens who like to write. They can post their own stories and read works by other young authors. Writers are encouraged to use their real names, and profiles can include location, links to blogs, and other personal details. The site's policy about user-created content states that "bigoted, extremely violent, or pornographic content is not OK," but acknowledges that context and storyline can influence the appropriateness of content.

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Kid, 12 years old March 27, 2011

Great way to get your writing out there

I have gone through many writing sites and this is the best I have been on. It's easy to use and view other's works. That being said, it is of course... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLoverNumber101 September 9, 2011

EPIC!!

I LOVE THIS SITE!! Its fun to read stories, enter contest, and post my writing.

Is it any good?

Journalists Jacob Lewis and Dana Goodyear created FIGMENT as a platform for creative self-expression, with a social networking twist. It's easy to get started creating a story, and the site offers options for cover and page design. Users can "heart," comment, and review stories as well as "follow" other writers à la Twitter. Overall, the criticism stays constructive; it helps that the site doesn't allow anonymous users to post. In addition to readers' creations, the site has a blog that features advice on writing from authors like Kathryn Erskine, who won a 2010 National Book Award. Overall, Figment is an excellent place for young writers to express themselves and work on improving their craft.

P.S.: Wondering who owns the rights to these stories? Figment notes, "Posting to the site grants Figment the right to display your work (until you decide to take it down), but does not mean you are giving up your ownership of your work."

Online interaction: Most of the feedback on stories is positive, with users offering encouragement or constructive criticism. It feels like a friendly, supportive community.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about teens and their "digital footprint."  This site encourages writers to use their real names. What are the advantages of doing that? What are the potential drawbacks? Parents can encourage teens to think about their digital footprint when sharing stories, photos, and other personal content.

  • Families can also talk about respecting others' creative work online.

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