Inkpop

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Publisher's creative-writing site needs forum moderation.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive messages

Users are encouraged to only post positive, constructive comments about the poems, short stories, essays, and novels -- and most do.

Violence

The site’s user-submitted content includes items about dying after getting hit by a train, cutting, and other topics not suitable for younger readers.

Sex

The site’s love-based stories focus more on crushes and break-ups -- although stories with sexual content could, in theory, end up on the site.

Language

Poems and stories contain words like f--ed and b--ch.

Consumerism

The site is sponsored by a book publisher and features banner ads for some of its teen-focused books.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this creative writing site for teens doesn’t constantly monitor or review message board posts before they go live. The stories, poems, and other writing that users post also aren’t monitored. Users are encouraged to report any inappropriate content by using “report abuse” links that appear throughout the site.

User Reviews

Adult Written byKidGalore July 9, 2010

The View From A Kid

Recently, there has been a flood of what the original users are calling "trolls". These "trolls" are merely users who choose to abuse inkpop...
Teen, 14 years old Written byImNotNormal May 12, 2011

Love it

Me and my younger sister have accounts. Its not as bad as they say
Kid, 11 years old March 12, 2011

YWS

I don't have an account (yet!) because obiously I'm too young, because it says for 13 and up, but I might ask my mom and she might say yes (or a relay...

Is it any good?

The INKPOP community was created by HarperCollins to give teens a forum to publish books, short stories, essays and poetry. HarperCollins editors also review the top ranked stories each month as part of an ongoing search that could land an Inkpop writer a publishing contract.

Inkpop lets young writers showcase their work and fine-tune it using feedback from registered site users. Authors can keep their work private until they’re ready to share it. However, the site would benefit from a few more control measures. Thanks to Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter links on each poem, story, and essay page, anyone can easily post a link on a variety of social networking sites inviting people to view an Inkpop piece. Also, the written pieces that users submit and message board comments aren't monitored -- which means language and content that's too adult for the 13-and-older Inkpop crowd could be posted.

Online interaction: Teens post content and comments using a username. There's a chance someone can harshly criticize a story or poem you post, but many of the comments are encouraging.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Why could posting a link to a social networking site like Facebook that encourages people to view something you wrote and posted on another site possibly not be a good idea? Can you be sure that only your friends will see something that you post on Facebook or Twitter?

  • What is the difference between constructive criticism and just criticizing somebody? How can you offer advice or tell someone what you think without hurting that person’s feelings?

  • What kind of things are OK to post about a story or poem you read online? What kind of things are not OK to say or post?

Website details

  • Genre: Creating
  • Pricing structure: Free

For kids who love creating online

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