A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
The site shows that staying fit is easy to do and that exercising and eating right are healthy choices that can even improve your overall well-being. When tackling the delicate topic of weight and kids, the advice is presented in a friendly, reassuring tone that emphasizes overall health rather than an ideal body type.
Products & Purchases
The site has a "no advertising" policy. It receives funding from companies such as PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, and Kraft, but the names of these companies are never mentioned on the actual kid's site and none of their products are included in the recipe section.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this site was created by the International Food Information Council to get families excited about -- and actually practicing -- healthy lifestyles. With practical tips, easy-to-understand articles, fun games, and kid-friendly recipes, the site is entirely geared towards the importance of being active, eating well, and maintaining emotional well-being. Younger kids will need some supervision using the food section, as there are few warnings about kitchen safety.
Is It Any Good?
Don't hold the fact that Kidnetic is a Web site against it. This is one site firmly grounded in reality, rather than cyberspace. Encouraging kids to play hopscotch, do jumping jacks, and cook up a yummy dish AWAY from the computer is an admirable goal, and the site achieves it through kid-friendly language and colorful and funky graphics. Recipes are designed to appeal to kids with names like Blood and Guts Soup and Brewed Monkey Brain Stew (which thankfully contains no simian gray matter). A lot of the exercise tips are things kids can do very easily, like the around-the-house scavenger hunt. With its emphasis on "do now" activities, don't be surprised to see your child hopping around on one leg next to the computer.
Online interaction: Because the site is designed to get kids playing together in real life, there are no opportunities for online interaction. Kids can connect with their parents via the Kidnector email messenger service, but that's the extent of interactive capabilities.
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.