A lot or a little?
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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.
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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?
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