A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about independent information-gathering on the Web in a relatively safe setting. They can learn new words, discover interesting art or natural phenomena, challenge themselves with brainteasers, or simply enjoy the wide variety of information the Web can offer. They also can learn a lot about pop culture, with lots of updates on songs, sports, and links to official movie trailers. Scribble Scoop is a fun and kid-friendly site to inform and entertain kids on a variety of topics.
Engaging writing encourages kids' interest in a variety of topics, such as pop culture, sports, and entertainment.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some content posted from outside sites, such as popular songs and movie trailers from YouTube, contains sexual references.
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References to stories about various body parts and functions.
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Products & Purchases
The sole purpose of some posts is to promote new products. Some have links to purchase but are accompanied by warnings such as, "Remember, get a parent's permission first!" An entire section is devoted to showing movie trailers.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scribble Scoop is a kid-friendly blog, with posts designed to be of interest to kids with some limited interactive elements. Most posts are enlightening or designed to get kids thinking, and others are just plain silly. There's lots of content about pop culture, entertainment, and sports. There also are lots of embedded YouTube videos -- including pop music, sports clips, or movie trailers -- some of which could include inappropriate content. Some posts "introduce" products, complete with links to the product's website for more information (or eventual purchase). Although grown-ups may assume Scribble Scoop gets paid for this, there's no disclaimer posted on the site, so kids won't make that connection; they'll only receive a warning about getting a parent's permission before purchasing something online. Kids can interact with the site by clicking on one of four options to rate posts and can send in questions that may eventually get a response in the question-and-answer section. But kids won't ever need to provide personally identifiable information.
Is It Any Good?
Scribble Scoop is written in an engaging, kid-friendly style and has a good touch of lightness and silliness. Kids are quite likely to be drawn to the design, the writing, and most of the blog topics. Content value and appropriateness, however, is uneven. Some posts are instructional (new vocabulary), inspiring (interesting art, photography, or an empowering video of a 9-year-old kid making a rousing speech to save his school), curiosity-provoking (cool animals and natural phenomena), or brain-teasing (puzzles). All the posts are short snapshots or tidbits; for these kinds of posts, it would be nice to have a bit more meat, or at least links, for kids to explore more.
A good portion of content is simple but harmless entertainment or "news," such as the announcement that illustrated versions of the Harry Potter books will soon be available. Then again, there's a lot of fluff and even some content that walks the line of being appropriate. Parents will have to cruise around a bit themselves to decide whether this site is right for their kids.
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