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By Jean Armour Polly, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Poetry playground littered with ads.

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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Reviewers need to know some basic facts

The basic problem most of the reviewers seem to have is (a) too much consumerism : Consumerism is one of the undeniable facts of life. All subjects translate to giving someting and getting something in return,Many parents do not reallize that you need to spend money to have a site like this. The alternative is to charge to be a member which many kids will shirk away from. The third and only option is to run a few ads in the site. The owner of the site earns money everytime someone clicks on an ad( not the big dollars perhaps you are thinking, but 1-3cents per 100 clicks. This is surely not a huge amount. The other objections are equally devoid of common sense. You burst your way in again through private lockers and then complain about the ethics of the comments. What else do you expect?

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Too much consumerism
age 5+

This is an enormously helpful interactive web site for children.

I run an award-winning web site for children myself, endorsed by the American Library Association, the Encyclopedia Britannica, the Internet Public Library, and even Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) has licensed some of my content for their own site. So I feel rather qualified to state that Kenn Nesbitt's "Poetry4Kids" site is a site that's rather ingeniously targeted and well-designed for inspiring children to think, read and write their own poetry, be creative, and laugh. Kenn Nesbitt is a talented, gifted author in his own right - and has developed a successful site that kids love and can contribute to, as well. I heartily recommend it to any parent and child and if you allowed SIX stars, I'd give away that. Five stars at LEAST for Mr. Nesbitt's site. As an expert in the field, let me tell you: I know what I'm talking about. -elizabeth williams bushey

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This site is an example of a good idea that has gone off-track. It's difficult to sort out the real content from the many ads, which pop up everywhere. Next to a poem about cleaning your room, you'll find more than 10 automatically served Google Ads about "Mops" and "Cleaning Supplies." This takes away from the site and costs it at least one star.

Parents should also take note that members' journals may be private or public, and if they're public, other people can and will comment on the entries and the comments will be public as well. lso, in the discussion forum, which has sections for both kids and adults, most of the topics are poetry-related, but others are off-topic. In one, for example, members discussed the pros and cons of anorexia.

Website Details

  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 15, 2019

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