A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that MeetMeAtTheCorner.org is an educational video-sharing site, created by a teacher and children's book author. Kids can watch interesting videos created by other kids about an eclectic collection of subjects -- from falconry at the U.S. Air Force Academy to the history of pizza. Kids can upload their own short videos, learn the editing process, and discover related sources of information. Site staff approves and edits each video and adds educational links and activities.
What's it about?
In order to submit videos to MEETMEATTHECORNER.ORG, kids need a user name, password, and parental review and permission. To view videos, kids need no such registration. The subjects featured on this site are as unique and varied as the young directors themselves. There are also notices of upcoming video topics, video archives, and a store (to buy related material). Kids can vote on the videos they watch, and go to related websites, book suggestions, and more.
Is it any good?
MEETMEATHECORNER.ORG offers kids a unique opportunity to learn video production skills like interviewing, creative storytelling, and public speaking. Moreover, it allows kids to explore their own backgrounds and discover what other kids' lives are like. Most of the videos on the site are good quality, informative, and short enough to keep kids' attention. The extra links and contests are often fun -- though some parents may find the multitude of product tie-ins a bit much.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about topics your child can videotape and submit to the site. Do they know anyone famous or someone with an interesting job who they could interview? Is there something unique in your town that kids across the country and around the world might like to know about?
What are some important rules about Internet safety for kids to remember when making a video, even on this site (such as not using your full name or name of your school)?
- Subjects: Social Studies: cultural understanding
Arts: film, script writing
Language & Reading: presenting to others, speaking
- Skills: Communication: asking questions, conveying messages effectively, presenting
Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
Thinking & Reasoning: asking questions
Creativity: producing new content
Emotional Development: perspective taking
- Genre: Civic Engagement
- Pricing structure: Free