By Larisa Wiseman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Well-monitored site where kids uphold community standards.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn to express themselves, collaborate, and explore online content in a safe, kids-only social network. A lot of the content focuses on the interests of approximately 9- to 15-year-olds, including a homework help section with creative writing tips and crossword puzzles; identifying items for each age group would make the section stronger. Strict behavior rules don't affect the fun factor; kids get to write blogs, articles, and create discussion groups. The site offers a great opportunity to personally contribute to a collection of entertaining content -- while kids get to work on their writing, reading, and communication skills.
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some forum discussions touch on topics like having sex for the first time, and potentially iffy content could sneak through in messages.
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Software screens forum comments, blog and chat room posts, and group comments, for swears; as a result, posts -- aside from frequent spelling and grammar errors, which abound -- appear to be pretty clean.
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Products & Purchases
The site has quite a few banner ads, and full-page ads can occasionally pop up so frequently it becomes annoying.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the Kidzworld 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. Admin/mods also patrol the chat room on a regular basis -- although the chat function is available 24 hours a day, and the site doesn't clarify if it's monitored round the clock. Staff moderators approve photos, videos, and articles kids post and write. (There's a lot of kid-produced content on the site -- and plenty of ads.) 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; in addition, private messages don't appear to be screened, so questionable conversations could possibly occur.
Videos and Photos
Based on 21 parent reviews
Cliques , pedophiles, and accusations. Oh my!.
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What’s It About?
Is It Any Good?
There's no shortage of things to look at on this content-packed site -- ranging from user-submitted poems to stories about topics like chocolate and music, quizzes, chat rooms, and games. The items kids find on Kidzworld are directly in line with teen and tween interests; they also get a chance to get personally invested in the site by sharing photos, creating a profile bio, and expressing themselves through articles, forum posts, or by chatting with other users. Generally, the site provides a safe environment; its moderators seem to go to great lengths to ensure privacy and safety, and the content appears pretty tame. However, teens and tweens still have their moments -- they get annoyed, express sadness, criticize each other's opinions, and share other strong emotions -- so there's no guarantee some comments or behavior won't be offensive or objectionable to certain kids, or their parents.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about online communities -- and the safety issues involved when you participate in them. What information should kids include in their profile, and what should they leave out? Do most users seem to obey chat room rules?
Talk to your child about making friends online. If a stranger friends you, what kinds of things are OK to talk about? What types of questions or statements aren't OK?
Encourage kids to express themselves by reading site posts together and then creating one of their own. What recent event or feeling does your child think would make a good post?
- 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
- Last updated: February 16, 2018
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