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Kidzworld

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Well-monitored site where kids uphold community standards.
Popular with kids

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn to express themselves, collaborate with other, and explore online content in a safe, kids-only social network. KidzWorld provides a lot of content focused on the interests of 9-15 year olds -- including a homework help section with science experiments and crossword puzzles -- but kids get to create forums and write blogs and articles, too. Strict rules about behavior don’t affect the fun factor; instead kids can stretch their writing skills as contributors or even take charge as rule-setting moderators of their own forums. This empowering site gets kids personally invested in creating great content that helps and entertains.

Positive messages

Kids may learn proper online community etiquette if they stick with the site's rules for the chat room and message boards. Any offensive comments that may lead kids to think certain negative behavior is OK seem to get censored before they reach the site.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Some iffy and potentially offensive content can sneak through in personal profiles or in messages.  Asking directly for dates in the chat room will get you booted from chat, but that doesn't stop kids from flirting, saying they want a boyfriend or girlfriend, or trying to pick each other up to add as friends.

Language

Mild curse words such as "ass" and "damn" are often seen in users' comments and vaguely camouflaged as "@$$" and "d@m." That aside, the language and spelling skills of many tweens and teens who frequent these online communities are generally atrocious -- parents need to decide whether they want their child exposed to that.

Consumerism

The site has quite a few ads -- for video games, toys, products, and contests, in particular. Lots of flashy, animated banners.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this social networking site lets tweens and teens to communicate with people they don't know but uses humans and software to protect kids’ privacy and safety. A live staff member moderates the chat room during the hours it’s open. Staff moderators approve photos, videos, and articles kids post and write. Filtration software monitors comments, forums, and blogs and passes flagged content onto staff members for approval, but parents should bear in mind that no filtration software is perfect. Kids can send  e-cards to each other if they know the recipient’s email address or username and the sender’s email address is disguised.

What's it about?

KIDZWORLD is basically an online social network where kids can communicate in a presumably safe environment. (The privacy policy pledges the utmost safety and protection of personal information, and there are strict chat rules.) After the free registration process -- during which parents are notified of the child's intent to join -- kids can create a profile, chat, post messages to other members, send emails or e-cards, post articles or personal writings, upload photos or videos, play games, and enter contests. They can also read news and reviews, blogs, an advice column (to which they can also post a question), and short articles about health, personal style, and project ideas.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

There's so much to look at on this busy, buzzing site that it feels a bit overwhelming right from the start. But, the short articles about celebrities, sports, and games are in line with teen and tween interests and the tools for self-expression through blogs, forums, and profiles gets kids personally invested in an online space of their own. Though the site's moderators seem to go to great lengths to ensure privacy and safety, teens and tweens still have their moments; they flirt, get mad, support and insult each other, are funny, express sadness, act cranky, and so on. So, it's no guarantee that certain comments or behavior won't be offensive or objectionable to certain kids -- or parents.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about online communities and the safety issues involved when you participate in them. What information did you include in your profile? Did you make sure not to include any personal information? Are you aware of the rules for the chat room? Do most of the users seem to stick to those rules?

  • Find out who kids are talking to online. Check out the kids on their friends list as you would their real life friends.

  • Encourage your kid to start a forum about their favorite hobby.

Website details

Subjects:Hobbies: building, collecting, cooking, fashion, sports
Skills:Creativity: producing new content
Self-Direction: initiative
Communication: friendship building
Collaboration: respecting other viewpoints
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, honoring the community, respect for others
Tech Skills: digital creation, social media, using and applying technology
Genre:Social Networking
Pricing structure:Free

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Parent of a 14 year old Written bystarboard September 16, 2013

Definitely NOT for Kids

This site is not good for socializing with other kids. It claims heavy moderation in the chat, etc...but there is a heavy lack of moderation. First, you do not need to verify your email address to participate in socializing. Kids begin their catfish style social life (pretending they are someone else) with a heavy access on the emo meter. Who knows what kind of creepy predators could be hanging out there. When my daughter was on there chatting with several other so called friends, who gave each other passwords, names, real ID's and pics. They then began skyping each other, using other non-moderated chat rooms, etc. There were a bunch of them on there, threatening to commit suicide or cut themselves if they didn't have her as a friend. It is apparently a hangout for very lonely kids with emotional problems. I can't even tell you how many comments I read where people were talking about cutting. I got into her account thanks to parental control software and changed her email (was using a bogus one) and her password. I reported several of the cutting, suicidal style comments and messages and requested her account be closed. Nothing happened, there was no reply to my emails. Her account was not closed and I found no way to close it. I send an email to their CEO - what a joke. I told him I was a parent and concerned about the lack of moderation, how the kids were talking to each other, etc... He emailed me back and all it said was "shame on you". Very very bad site for kids. What kind of response is that from a CEO. Stay away from Kidzworld!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Parent of a 10, 10, 13, and 15 year old Written bySuper_Mom101 December 28, 2009
Love it
What other families should know
Too much sex
Educational value
Great messages
Kid, 9 years old April 23, 2010

bad but ok?

people ask for bf/gf but they don't even know the person! people say bad things on here but i don't care!!!!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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