Pixton

Common Sense Media says

Create impressive comics with simple click-and-drag tools.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

A strict Code of Conduct promotes sharing and respect among users while celebrating creativity and original ideas.

Violence

There's potential for kids to create and see comics that contain violence. Parents can set an age-specific filter so kids will see comics geared toward their age group.

Sex

The Code of Conduct doesn't allow posting indecent or suggestive content. Comics can be rated as "Just for Kids, "All Ages," or "Adult Only."

Language

Pixton's Code of Conduct requires gralixes (@#$%!) in place of swear words and there is a language filter in place to catch offenders.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There's potential for kids to create or see comics that may show drinking, drug use, or smoking.

Privacy & safety

Parents must approve kids' membership and can access their account at any time to change account settings or lock profile pages.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pixton is a do-it-yourself site where kids can use an incredible palette of tools to create and share original comics.  A strict Code of Conduct encourages positive and supportive behavior and offenders may be reported, suspended, or banned. There’s plenty to do with the free Basic Membership and a reward system of credits allows kids to advance to higher levels or publicize their comics. Make sure kids sign up for “Pixton for Fun,” not “Pixton for Business,’ watch the “How-to” videos before jumping in (there are a lot of tools), and save often. If you don't you run the risk of spending 30 minutes recreating an elaborate scene, clicking "undo" to remove a tree, and then watching all of your hard work disappear.

 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • storytelling
  • writing

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • producing new content

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

For visual learners, this site could transform how they view literacy and even spark more engagement in school. The site can be easy for basic activities but also includes advanced features for those looking for more.

Learning Approach

Pixton is less about learning a particular content-area lesson and more about sharing knowledge with others. Samples from the public gallery show a wide variety of science-, math-, and history-based comics for inspiration.

Support

The video tutorials, project community, and other features (including a promptly responsive help desk) indicate strong thinking on the part of Pixton to make the experience as stress-free for kid users as possible.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • storytelling
  • writing

Arts

  • drawing

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • producing new content

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Kids can learn to use comics as a way to tell stories, summarize information, work on vocabulary, practice learning a foreign language, and more. There are numerous applications of a tool like Pixton, many of which are mentioned on the Buzz section of the site. "How-to" videos show exactly how to make great comics so kids can transform a blank panel into a professional strip in very little time. From practicing a new language to identifying facial cues, kids can easily get hooked into using Pixton as a learning tool for many different purposes.

This Learning Rating review was written by Michelle Kitt

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What's it about?

Kids will create comics in a panel-by-panel format using tool sets for characters, backgrounds, speech bubbles, and props. Each set has submenus for changing expressions, poses, colors, layering, creating silhouettes, and more. Kids can create original objects, choose from a library, or remix other people’s comics into their own. “Boosts” let authors promote their comics, and they can rate others’ comics as artistic, well-written, or funny. Kids can become fans of other authors and acquire their own -- all displayed on a fan club page.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The creators of the award-winning Pixton show their love for comics with a site that is thoughtful in design and thorough in its offerings. In short, they’ve thought of everything. Comic-building tools are unbelievably easy to use and simple click-and-drag actions let users create and customize all parts of their comic. Users can even upload photos to their comic or just pop through to Flickr commons and borrow one there. For the comically-challenged, “remixing” lets you borrow someone else’s comic and tweak it to make it your own. Users can also share their comic online, download and print them, or even put them on a t-shirt.

Pixton’s multiple awards (Webby, People’s Choice, Digital Media to name a few) are well-earned and well-deserved.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the power of a comic strip or cartoon. How are political cartoons used today? When are cartoons used to influence what the public thinks? What makes them effective?

  • Digital creation can be a fun way to express creativity. Read our tips for creating digital media to ensure Pixton is the right tool for your child.

  • Before sharing comics online, families can talk about the pros and cons of participating in a digital culture. Read our tips for getting connected in a digital world.

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Website details

Genre:Creating
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old January 20, 2013
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5
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LEARNING

Amazing

It is an amzing website (take it from a girl who has an account) I admit sometimes it has bad language but it is amazing teachers can find their studens and send them homework
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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