KidsTurnCentral

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Holiday-themed crafts, games, and fun.

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What parents need to know

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Consumerism

Loads of ads.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the content is framed by 10 ads per page, including a banner at the top and a "tip jar" (for donations to the site itself). The KidsTurnCentral forum is fine, but the way the DelphiForum product is set up it's too easy for kids to get to other places meant for adults.

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What's it about?

KIDSTURNCENTRAL offers a mix of crafts, online games, clip art, and printable coloring pages. The easy-to-color pages are arranged by theme, such as \"Dinosaurs,\" \"Space,\" and many favorite holidays. There's also a Virtual Art Room where you can create colorful greeting cards to email to your friends. Check the links library for suggested sites on subjects as diverse as bullying to Broadway. In the \"School\" area you can explore sites that will help you with your homework. And when you've got free time, visit the online games section for everything from crossword puzzles to trivia questions.

Is it any good?

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The site is a good quick source of holiday-themed craft ideas, like creating an Easter bonnet and decorating a gingerbread house. There is also a monitored chat room and a discussion forum. These features use a structure provided by a third party DelphiForum. Unfortunately, it's very easy to leave the safe kid-oriented environment and stray into places meant for adults.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about safety in online forums. What information is safe to post online, and what's off limits? How do you know if you can trust someone online? What would you do if someone was bothering you? Parents can also remind kids not to choose a username that includes any personal information.

Website details

Genre:Creating
Pricing structure:Free

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Adult Written byAnnaBee April 9, 2008
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Adult Written byPeace46 April 9, 2008
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KT rules!

I love Kidsturn, I think it is the best forums and chat I have ever some across, and Wendy is a great host. I don't think the commercialism is an issue, especially as we all want Kidsturn to continue to be free and available for us to all use :)

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