What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a safe social networking site for teens that's both entertaining and educational. Users are invited to tackle -- and share -- activities and projects (all with parental consent) using the latest technology and tools.
What's it about?
Created by Sun Microsystems veteran Dale Farrario, FRESHBRAIN.ORG provides a free, safe place for teens to explore and create through an array of creative activities, projects, and contests. From creating a musical mashup to animating a stick figure to creating a T-shirt design, there's something for everyone to participate in -- and definitely much to learn. The site features forums for chatting about progress and throwing around ideas, as well as an area to post the finished projects and activities. Strict privacy rules are in place and parental consent is required for each project.
Is it any good?
FreshBrain.org provides the social networking that most teens crave, but also gives them the educational, creative outlet that parents want. Simple to navigate and safe to use, it's a fun place for kids to hang out and try their hand at some new cool tech tools. The activities and projects that are offered are imaginative and the resulting finished works are equally inventive. Even technologically timid students will find some inspiration and support here.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about why it's important for teens to stay on top of the latest technology and tools. How will it help supplement or enhance what they're learning in school? And why is social networking with a learning component a more valuable use of their time online?