TakingITGlobal

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Elizabeth Crane, Common Sense Media
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Excellent resource for activist-minded teens.

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Positive messages

This site provides a simple way for youth to get involved in whatever social cause interests them. It encourages interaction, reasoned debate, and mutual respect.

Violence
Sex

There is nothing explicit or implicit on the site, though the potential exists for sex-related topics on the forums. Abortion, for instance, could be discussed.

Language

The site does not use strong language, and forum participants are discouraged from using profanity. Still, the occasional four-letter word can slip through.

Consumerism

There are no ads and no products, only partners that provide some content. These show up in a box called Partner Spotlight or in a "sponsored by" line with the content.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

The site takes an active anti-tobacco stance with its Tobacco Card Game.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the forums on this activism site lend themselves to heated exchanges, but they are moderated well. Flames are deleted promptly. The ideas and opinions expressed on the site are not necessarily pro-American, which might challenge some viewers.

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What's it about?

TAKINGITGLOBAL.COM is an activism site aimed at today's digitally connected youth. By providing a mix of Facebook-style camaraderie with real opportunities to create social change, the site captures youth optimism and gives it an outlet. Pick a global issue and TIG provides information on the subject, web resources, and related topics. It also tracks other members who are interested in the same topics so viewers can connect with like-minded individuals. Kids can join like-minded groups and learn civics lessons through engaging activities.

Is it any good?

This site provides the resources for youth to make positive change through activism. With over 200,000 registered users from all over the world (there are 45 members, for example, from the island of Tonga off the coast of Australia) viewers can't help gaining global perspective. The Resources pages especially provide concrete examples of real-life places to volunteer, events to attend (there is currently an opening on a delegation to Ethiopia), and jobs and scholarships to apply for. There is room for fun here too, with games and e-cards to send to fellow TIG members. Everything is well organized and easy to find -- but repeat visits will be necessary for kids to thoroughly learn about issues and figure out how they want to be involved.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the issues explored on the site -- anything from world health to human rights to education and peace. How does it make you feel that some mothers in poor or oppressed countries don't have access to prenatal care? The opinions expressed in the forums provide useful perspective, because they are often from people who live in the places being discussed. How does it make you feel when people disagree with the United States' position on an issue?

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