Parents' Guide to

Radio Rookies

By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fresh voices tackle big questions with kid-created radio.

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The site has a wide range of first-person content made by kids of all backgrounds. For example, a young woman discusses why she began abusing her boyfriend in one segment; in another, a school that doesn't tolerate homophobia is profiled. The site tackles topics that are particularly relevant to teens, such as poverty, gender identity, and adolescent sleep deprivation. Some broadcasts are more lighthearted, such as a report on sneaker collecting.

Although the content previously was somewhat dated, items are now posted fairly frequently -- sometimes a few new segments are added a week-- and the recordings are generally thought-provoking and entertaining. Additional resources, including a comic book on the program's history that includes radio production information and animated shorts designed to spark kids' creativity, can help listeners learn more about storytelling and working in broadcasting. Unfortunately, sometimes the navigation can be a bit more complicated than it needs to be, so kids may accidentally click away from the program's page -- and it can be a little confusing to figure out how to get back. Overall, though, the site offers compelling content that should engage and inspire younger users.

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