Kerpoof

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Where kids can safely dabble in techno-creativity.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can practice being creative and producing new content online, including short animated movies, multi-page stories, online greeting cards, and drawings that can be shared in a moderated online gallery. There are also some soft lessons in history, spelling, and more mixed in with the creativity. The social networking features on the site are limited to people kids know in real life, so they can learn and practice safe social networking in a controlled environment while building friendships. Kerpoof helps kids create animated movies, artwork, stories and more, plus interact with others -- safely.

Positive Messages

This site helps teachers safely integrate technology into their classrooms without sending young students into the wide-open world of the Internet at-large.

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism

Some premium features are only available to members. Memberships cost $4.39/mo., $24.79/6 mo., or $44.79/year. Kids can earn online cash to "spend" when they create on the site.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a free educational site created to help teachers integrate technology into the classroom. But with a little trial and error tweens at home can figure out and use the site's creative art, publishing, and animation tools on their own. There are some social networking and "send to a friend" features, but safety features require kids to have their friends' email addresses to be able to send messages or create a group.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 3 and 9 year old Written byKidsAndMommy October 10, 2011
Parent of a 10, 14, and 16 year old Written byAvalone August 2, 2009

perfect for most ages

very good site although they don't update a lot. big range of tools and actvities. need to pay for some but not all or if going through a school.
Kid, 9 years old October 6, 2010

BORING!!!!!!!

OMG!! r u kidding me do I see games i dont think so this website is so boring u have nuting do wat ever parents said this is a good website something is wrong... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 10, 2013

What I think about this website.

Personally i think it's a little small but it is still a good site.Safe for your kids , let's them play very nice games and more. It's very nice.

What's it about?

KERPOOF.COM is designed to bring out the inner artist in computer-using kids. Kids can explore everything from quick hits, like designing a greeting card to send via email, to the much more challenging project of creating a short animated movie. The social networking aspects of the site -- sharing creations, voting on others' work, email, chat, groups -- are all formulated in very safe, controlled ways. Kerpoof also has many great ideas for teachers to extend online learning into the classroom.

Is it any good?

The nifty animation tools and some famous artist-inspired backgrounds that go with the art studio will inspire many kids to create their own works of art. And, while many kids will enjoy and learn a lot from using this site on their own, the maximum benefit will most likely be achieved in a classroom setting. Otherwise, kids will have to poke around a lot and use trial and error, as some directions can be rather vague. Teachers can use the site's lesson plans to integrate other subjects into computer lessons and guide students to full use of all of Kerpoof.com's many techno-savvy experiences.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how computers can be used to enhance -- or dampen -- creativity. Sometimes backgrounds or even extensive character options can limit kids' creativity. What are some differences between how you can be creative while using the Kerpoof.com art studio versus starting with a blank sheet of paper?

  • Also, discuss why this kind of "social networking" is safer than other sites, like MySpace or Second Life.

Website details

For kids who love online creation

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