Plastic Fork Diaries
By Jean Armour Polly,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Nutrition site give tweens plenty to chew on.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is no advertising on the site. Kids will learn lots of nutritional information, from how many laps they have to swim to work of a cheeseburger, to a recipe for making their own yogurt.
Based on 2 parent reviews
Learn to burn calories - I don't recommend
Report this review
Report this review
What’s It About?
Follow the lives of six middle school kids by reading their diaries, scanning scraps of paper in their lockers, and viewing other bits of ephemera. Each student has his own issues and secrets, and as it turns out, his own relationship with food. This site is a companion to the PBS series. Each episode may be viewed online, adventure-game style. You \"walk\" through the school by clicking on a master map. Along the way you'll discover clues to what's going on with each student. Additional material about each episode is also available on the site.
Is It Any Good?
This highly interactive site takes a creative, sophisticated approach to teaching about food and nutrition. In addition to covering basics like calorie intake, PLASTIC FORK DIARIES touches on topics like meat substitutes, the relationship between smell and hunger, and FDA labeling. It's not every day that you find a site for young teens that runs the gamut from the history of cotton candy to the role of food in religious traditions -- and also manages to be coherent, educational, and engaging.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about their relationships with food. Parents will find more discussion points in the downloadable activity guide.
- Genre: Educational
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: November 4, 2015
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Our Editors Recommend
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate