Parents' Guide to

Free Spirit Media

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Positive videos could benefit from more regular releases.

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This video site covers a large number of subjects in a positive way, but its random release schedule limits its beneficial impact. Because teens produce the short films, the tone should resonate with younger viewers. That said, the site's videos are really the only significantly educational content that's available. There's no information on how to produce documentaries, unfortunately, or much about what was involved in bringing each project to life. Some video descriptions mention a bit about the theme and program participants involved, but others don't offer much background; most descriptions are short -- just a few sentences. In addition, a couple of categories feel like placeholders for something else. Instead of videos on climate change, global warming, or any related topics, the environmental section, for instance, contains videos about taking public transit and poetry and drumming workshops.

That may change, as more items are added -- which seems to happen somewhat sporadically. In 2016, about 40 percent of the videos that were posted were added on one day. Last year, approximately 30 films were posted during the year; 19 were added in 2015, which would imply production is increasing -- but as of mid-March, no videos have been added for 2017. The schedule may be built around the completion of workshops or other training programs. But if the program could ration out its new films, posting them more frequently, instead of in bursts, it might help make Free Spirit Media's site more of a reference point for kids -- and keep them coming back more often.

Website Details

  • Genre: Video Sites
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: April 18, 2017

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