Plastic Fork Diaries

Website review by
Jean Armour Polly, Common Sense Media
Plastic Fork Diaries Website Poster Image
Nutrition site give tweens plenty to chew on.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive messages
Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

Parent of a 12 year old Written byPum Kin April 20, 2011

Learn to burn calories - I don't recommend

I never even went on the site but when I read the description that it can tell you how many laps to swim to work off a cheeseburger...are you kidding me. Just... Continue reading
Adult Written byTheMelMonster November 10, 2008

Amazing!

This is an amazing health site for pre-teens and teens alike. It's relevant, story-driven, and very age appropriate. Plastic Fork Diaries also keeps heal... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byAbragail November 5, 2010
love it
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
This website is soooooooo cool! I love the part that tells you about eating worms

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.

Website details

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

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate