Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Kids write and share stories safely on super-creative site.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

Kids can comment on each other's books. Community members are friendly and positive.


There doesn't seem to be a language filter, but the terms of use prohibit profanity and content that's not appropriate for kids. Users seem to respect these rules.


Users can buy books and gift cards. A hardcover book costs $18.66 plus shipping and softcover is $15.92 plus shipping. The site partners with the Build-A-Bear toy company. No ads.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this site includes strong safety measures. Parents have to register -- providing email, home address, and phone number "as a means of verifying parental identity and consent" -- and approve their kids' accounts, and are notified when kids add a friend, submit a comment, or do any other public activity. Younger kids who find the publishing tools challenging may want to work with a parent to create a book.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bydadsafety August 15, 2009


Our daughter, age 12, registered without our knowledge. She very easily put in bogus age information and put her email rather than ours, also very easy to do.... Continue reading
Parent of a 3, 4, 5, and 5-year-old Written byShareallicu December 10, 2012

Awesome Fun, though short lived.

An amazing site that is gone now :( I miss the ability to watch my child's imagination come alive!! I hope they reopen soon!

I only knew of TikaTok a fe... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old May 21, 2011

safety is an issue

I used this site a few years ago and had problems with someone sending me a ' note' asking where i live. my mom never let me back on that site, whic... Continue reading

What's it about?

Budding authors can find a creative outlet on TIKATOK, an interactive site that lets kids write and illustrate their own online books. Using browser-based tools that mimic simple desktop publishing software, kids input text and images (their own creations or the site's stock art) into a template. Books can be kept private or shared with the Tikatok community, and visitors can buy printed copies of books in hard or softcover. The site also has a social element -- kids can create profiles, find friends, join groups, and even co-author books with fellow users.

Is it any good?

Kids who like reading, writing, and design will have a blast creating their own books, whether they buy print copies or not. The site has plenty of tools to help users get started -- or get past a bit of writer's block -- such as the "StorySparks," which offer topic ideas and writing hints. The community features are robust and easy to use, and there's plenty of activity -- kids who share their books are likely to get friendly feedback and suggestions from their peers.


Curious about copyrights? Tikatok owns user-created content but will return the copyright (with some conditions) on request.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the creative process and review our Creating with Digital Media guidelines. Where do you get your ideas for stories? What do you do if you're "stuck" in your story? If kids decide to share their books with the community or comment on other users' creations, parents can talk about giving and taking constructive feedback.

Website details

  • Genre: Creating
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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