Kidzworld

Website review by
Larisa Wiseman, Common Sense Media
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Well-monitored site where kids uphold community standards.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 67 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

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.

 

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
Sex

Some forum discussions touch on topics like having sex for the first time, and potentially iffy content could sneak through in messages.

Language

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.

 

Consumerism

The site has quite a few banner ads, and full-page ads can occasionally pop up so frequently it becomes annoying.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10, 10, 13, and 15 year old Written bySuper_Mom101 December 28, 2009
Love it
Parent of a 9 year old Written bygr9995 February 13, 2014

Nope, never ever again

I let my 9 year old cousin try out this site 6 months ago. I set the privacy settings and everything. I let her chat, make friends, and told her if you see some... Continue reading
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!!!!
Teen, 16 years old Written byZonkers! October 12, 2011

Inside Kidzworld

UPDATED REVIEW : Kidzworld is a good site for teens. I gave it a pause for younger kids & parents should watch younger kids online anyways. If you are s... Continue reading

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, if kids are under 13 -- kids can create a profile, chat, friend and send messages to other members, send emails, post articles, upload photos or videos, and play games. They can also read about topics like global warming, health, personal style, and project ideas; or check out reviews and blogs, or read or send a question to an advice column.

 

 

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?

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  • 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?

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  • 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?

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Website details

For kids who love hanging out online

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