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Kids can learn to think on their feet by answering daily Plinky prompts; they'll use imagination and critical thinking to come up with creative responses that don't have to be limited to text. They'll also learn writing skills as they organize ideas, and there's the potential for communication if kids choose to share answers through social media. Plinky is a fine jumping-off point for kids who want to start a daily writing practice but would like a bit of guidance.
Kids using their imaginations is always a good thing, and Plinky offers some smart and evocative prompts that should get them motivated to write.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
There are some random spambots with profiles, like "SexyIndianModelinDubai" that use the answer space to solicit sexual services. Really. Answers aren't moderated, so some sexual responses do crop up. However, the majority of answers are fine.
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Since answers aren't moderated, kids could encounter profanity, including "s--t" and "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some answers to writing prompts include references to drinking, drugs, and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Plinky is a website that shares daily writing prompts users can respond to. Answers are posted on the site and can be shared through social media channels like Facebook and Twitter or embedded into a Wordpress blog or Tumblr. It's a neat site for writers, but privacy settings are really undeveloped. Also, there's a bunch of spammers floating around the site posting explicit stuff.
Is It Any Good?
Plinky is great in theory, but it has a long way to go. Many of the Frequently Asked Questions have these kinds of answers: "We're working on it" or "Not yet." The good news? Design is chic and clean, and the prompts themselves are fantastic and diverse. They just need to build their community, banish the sexy spambots, and take the time to work on important privacy features before Plinky is a safe and recommended place to send writerly kids.
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.