TweenWorld

Website review by
Carla Thornton, Common Sense Media
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Breadth, not depth, makes safe tween site fun, for a while.

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The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

The site encourage wholesome activities such as exercising, reading, planning parties, and taking proper care of pets.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

An Amazon-powered storefront tucked away in a menu at the bottom of the page offers a nice selection of kid-safe DVDs, music, electronics, books and video games.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this good-intentioned informational site for tweens is safe to visit but might not hold kids' interest. The various "worlds" inside the site -- 16 in all including music, games, books, crafts, and health -- are an ambitious start and do impart some helpful tips. However, content is pretty lightweight overall and the site could use a redesign including a spellcheck.

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Is it any good?

With 16 different areas to explore from food to book reviews, TweenWorld lays the groundwork for a vibrant tween hangout.  However, this site, launched May 2009, has a long way to go before achieving its goal of becoming "the ultimate online resource for tweens." Cluttered graphics, misspelled words, and content limited to a few cute stories and YouTube videos with no way for users to interact leaves this "tween world" underpopulated and not quite ready for prime time.

Online interaction: Tween2Tween, a section where kids can "share, discuss, ask questions and get answers about tween life" was not yet working when we visited the site in July 2009.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can use any part of TweenWorld as a jumping off point for a more robust discussion. For instance, how can tweens contribute to their community? What special talents do they possess that would make them an "extreme tween," a kid that sets himself apart in a positive way?

  • TweenWorld encourages kids to choose healthy menu items at McDonald’s and Burger King. Discuss how kids can eat more healthily by avoiding those establishments altogether.   Read our advice on junk food chains that hawk "healthy foods."

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