What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this highly regarded site creates a safe spot for kids to listen to hip music -- all pre-screened by parents. With games, videos, and a virtual world to explore, and an emphasis on music appreciation, it's a sweet-sounding mix of what kids want in music and what parents want online -- safety and education.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
- improvising and music analysis
Thinking & Reasoning
- combining knowledge
- work to achieve goals
- friendship building
- using and applying technology
- digital creation
- social media
Health & Fitness
- fine motor skills
Engagement, Approach, Support
Tweens who love music will love this charming, crowd-pleasing site. While some videos are choppy and games could be more challenging, the trendy music selection is the big draw here.
Kids learn by watching pro musicians explain various instruments, then trying their hand at games that mimic the experience of actual playing. They use repetition and practice to improve skills.
Instruction is clear as kids are guided through the activities. They'll also meet other musically-minded young people in Franktown, and will learn by talking to them in a safe and fun environment.
What's it about?
Tweens who love music will love FRANKTOWN ROCKS, a social networking site that encourages kids to meet friends and learn about music through an eclectic but tween-pleasing G-rated collection of songs, games, videos, and virtual-world play. It's free unless you want to buy a Premium membership for better streaming, suped-up music choices, and other features (99 cents for a two-day pass, $5.99/mo.). You can also buy online money called Franks, which are used to purchase songs and other items in Franktown (but Franks can also be earned by playing games on the site for free).
Is it any good?
Praised by Parents magazine as one of the "best of the next generation" of junior social networks, this site is safe, educational, and a crowd-pleaser. While some of the videos posted are kind of choppy and dull and the games could be more challenging, it's not really about the games and videos here. The Franktown virtual world is cute and safe. Yet the music selection is the big draw -- hip enough to grab tweens' attention while diverse enough to sprinkle in some encouraging music appreciation lessons.
Families can talk about...
Whenever social networking is involved make sure kids know how to behave responsibly online. Check out our Social Networking Tips for a refresher.