Starbright World

Website review by
Conny Coon, Common Sense Media
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Social network provides support to seriously ill teens.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 3 reviews

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Positive Messages

The overarching message is one of support, solidarity and strength. Also, the site -- and its members -- enables kids facing health challenges to still be social, silly, and fun

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism

Vivendi, an entertainment company, is the signature sponsor of the site, and their logo is prominent throughout the site.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this safe, supportive social network is a virtual place for seriously ill teens to come together and find a sense of community. Here, teens with life threatening or chronically ill medical conditions can connect with each other through moderated chat rooms, profiles, and bulletin boards. Whether they’re in the hospital or holed up at home, teen users will discover a wealth of activities such as contests, polls, videos, and games to help pass the time -- and a community of supportive kids to look to and lean on, including kids who share the same diagnosis or who are undergoing similar procedures. Created by the Starlight Children’s Foundation, the site is a tool (in a very large toolbox) that the foundation uses in its mission to improve the lives of children affected by serious illness and life-altering injuries.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 6 year old Written bycumar March 29, 2010
Love it
Adult Written byYesitsme February 7, 2011

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 hos... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byem1226 May 12, 2011

Everything a Sick Teen Needs

This website is the perfect fit for a teen like me with a chronic illness. When I joined, I was welcomed with open arms to teens who were curious about my rare... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written bymissyjessy June 19, 2010

It's been great :)

I'm 15 and a member. It's absolutely amazing. I can always go in and get support from kids my age who are going through the same thing as I am, and it... Continue reading

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • How social networks can create a sense of community and compassion among different groups of people. How do you think teens who are ill feel when they discover an online resource like this? What other websites help provide support for people?

  • Why it’s important for this website to remain private and only for those who are seriously ill. Why do you think privacy matters to the people who create the site and who use it?

  • How staying connected has become such an integral part of life for kids. Ways technology helps keep kids who are ill connected to their friends, family and school. Would you deal with your illness differently if you didn’t have digital tools to stay in touch?

Website details

For kids who love socializing

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