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Parents' Guide to

Teen Ink

By Conny Coon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Creative, supportive forum for teens to share their work.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Kids need opportunities to express themselves!

As an educator I am amazed at how few websites serve the needs of young people. I think Teen Ink provides a creative outlet for all teens and children on the brink of adolescence. Kids who are free to express themselves are more comfortable with who they are. Parents and teachers should support websites like Teen Ink!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (12 ):

Teens -- and even their parents -- will glean a lot from perusing the work on this site, which is supported by The Young Authors Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to giving teens a voice and boosting their self-esteem. Not only are there great examples of strong writing and fine art here, but the subject matter is extremely relevant to teens anywhere. Because the content is created by teens, young visitors will find a good deal they can relate to and may even find themselves quickly caught up in the short stories, articles and poetry. The themes vary in tone, but the subject matter touches on topics ranging from dating and driving to divorce and death. Kids of all creativity levels will find inspiration here. Those with aspirations to write or draw will be encouraged to continue pursuing their interests, and those who may struggle with writing or creativity may recognize that hard work pays off.

Online interaction: All submissions are subject to critique from other Teen Ink visitors, so anyone submitting is able to see comments -- good or bad -- from other registered users. The vast majority of comments are positive, constructive, and supportive. Even the reviewers who have negative comments about the submissions manage to frame their criticism in kind, gentle ways.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading : discussion, writing, Social Studies : cultural understanding, Arts : painting, photography, script writing
  • Skills: Self-Direction : academic development, achieving goals, effort, goal-setting, identifying strengths and weaknesses, initiative, motivation, personal growth, self-assessment, self-reflection, set objectives, Thinking & Reasoning : analyzing evidence, applying information, asking questions, decision-making, defining problems, investigation, thinking critically, Communication : asking questions, conveying messages effectively, friendship building, multiple forms of expression, presenting, Creativity : brainstorming, combining knowledge, developing novel solutions, imagination, making new creations, producing new content, Collaboration : cooperation, respecting other viewpoints, teamwork, Emotional Development : developing resilience, empathy, identifying emotions, moving beyond obstacles, persevering, perspective taking, self-awareness, Tech Skills : digital creation, evaluating media messages, social media, using and applying technology, Responsibility & Ethics : following codes of conduct
  • Genre: Creating
  • Character Strengths: Empathy
  • Pricing structure: Free (The 10-issue monthly print edition is $49 per year.)
  • Last updated: February 7, 2020

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