Pixton

Website review by
Michelle Kitt, Common Sense Media
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Create impressive comics with simple click-and-drag tools.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

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.

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
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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

What 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 through storyboards.  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.

 

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMogCanada August 13, 2015

Worth paying for

This is an outstanding site, as someone who joined February 2015. The community is very supportive, there are many users there of all ages and the creation tool... Continue reading
Adult Written bybarneyyeatle June 18, 2019

not enough content

i dont like how you cant move the characters or add objects, if im trying to make people in a kayak i should'nt have to pretend they're in a kayak
Teen, 13 years old Written byiasdbsa October 18, 2016

Pixton review

This be might be really useful to make comics, but as a teen who uses, it is not a good program, and it makes whoever uses it fustrated. First of all you canno... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byI'm a teen. March 16, 2016

Very cool.

This is an amazing website, it's simple as well!

I've been on for a while now and I will admit there is a lot of comics which have sex and violence,... Continue reading

What's it about?

Kids will create comics in a panel-by-panel (or storyboard) 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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

  • Subjects: Arts: drawing
    Language & Reading: reading, storytelling, writing
  • Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation
    Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression
    Creativity: imagination, producing new content
  • Genre: Creating
  • Price: 15-day trial then $8.99/month
  • Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid
  • Last updated: October 30, 2019

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