Parents' Guide to

Starbright World

By Conny Coon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Social network provides support to seriously ill teens.

Starbright World Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this website.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Great for teens in need!

As the parent of 1 member and 1 former member (as the age limit was reached) I can personally tell you all that Starbright World did more than any doctor or hospital ever did to keep the spirits of my children up, especially during the hardest times. Having to be hospitalized from weeks and months at a time, and having been in hospitals that both had access to SBW and those who did not, there was a profound difference in the kids mental states.

This title has:

Great messages
age 8+
Love it

This title has:

Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Being a teenager is tough enough already. Saddle a child with a serious illness, and the rigors of doctor visits, hospitalizations, and treatment can strip kids from friends, favorite pastimes and social activities. StarbrightWorld provides a private, safe place for teens to congregate and commiserate with others who relate and empathize. Straightforward and frank, illness is acknowledged -- not sugarcoated -- and members are treated with respect and dignity. Users will find a wealth of ways to reach out for help and support as they're navigating their illness. A simple search can connect teens who share the same diagnosis or who are undergoing the same treatment. Specialized "vent chats" give users the chance to rant about anything on their minds, all under the guidance of a mental health expert. For teens with a serious illness, StarbrightWorld provides a place where they're never alone.

Online interaction: Teen members will find abundant social interaction and activities -- chats, clubs, games, collecting friends, and more -- but the biggest benefit may be the supportive network created on the site.

Website Details

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.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate