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By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sparse site has potential but offers limited info on vocab.

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VISUWORDS says its content is ideal for "writers, journalists, students, teachers, and artists." Those groups (and others) would likely benefit from the site's visual thesaurus capabilities, which show how words are connected. Kids see terms branch off from other words, indicating how verbs, adjectives, nouns, and adverbs relate, which can help them increase their vocabulary and better understand usage. However, the database appears to be somewhat limited; some words don't connect to many other terms. Visuwords also provides a pretty insulated, repetitive experience. Kids don't get feedback on what they're doing, and aside from searching for a term, the only other site activity involves requesting a randomly generated word. Visuwords may help kids build on the language lessons they're learning in school and serve as an occasional resource--but don't expect it to fully replace the need for word-centric reference materials.

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