A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
The site makes volunteering seem fun and accessible, sending the message that there are plenty of things that kids can do to help people and make the world a better place.
Products & Purchases
No ads; a few sponsor logos. One of the "media partners" links will take you to a commercial site.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that GenerationOn encourages young people to get involved in their communities. It has separate sections for kids and teens (as well as parents, teachers, and organizations) but none of the teen content is "iffy" for younger kids. Currently, there's no interactive content, so parents can rest assured that the site is safe.
Is It Any Good?
A project of the Points of Light Institute, a nonprofit organization that encourages volunteerism, GENERATIONON provides kids and teens with creative ideas for helping causes in their communities. The site's suggestions range from simple things that kids can do on their own -- like reminding others to turn off the lights -- to more elaborate projects for groups or families, like cleaning up a local park. Teachers will also find appealing ideas for integrating community service into their curricula. Teens and adults can sign up to be members, but there doesn't seem to be an opportunity to post content or connect with other users; since the site was launched recently, interactive features may still be in the works.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.