A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What 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.
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What's it about?
Scribble Scoop is a collection of short posts about a range of topics that should be interesting to kids. Topics are organized by categories such as Arts and Fashion, A Better Me, and Just for Fun. Some also follow a theme, such as 'Word Up, which introduces silly vocabulary. Each post includes a very short description plus lots of photos and/or video. Some posts present a brainteaser for kids to solve and a link to click for the answer. Kids interact by rating posts or sending in questions.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why some posts introduce products. Why are these particular products featured? Why would the website want to include content that is clearly unrelated to the rest of its posts?
Talk about what makes this site safe, interesting, and informative -- or not -- for kids.
Look through the posts with your kids. Help them follow through on articles they find interesting with further research and/or discussion.
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