Zibkids

Common Sense Media says

Site sparks business know-how but needs more work.

Age(i)

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

 The businesses kids can create are creative, manageable, and fun.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Ad-free. This site links to a sister site, McKidzey, that asks kids to weigh in on products and other marketing-related questions or products that businesses can hire kids to provide input.  

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Kids choose a username for the site, and they are reminded often not to use their real name on the website or printed promotional materials. The business websites kids can create are located as a page within the main Zibkids domain name.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Zibkids helps kids learn about business and experiment with entrepreneurial creativity. Along with a complete "Elementary Entrepreneurs Kids Guide," there are also a number of business ideas for kids to try out (cafe, florist, temporary tattoo parlor, for example) and online or printable activities related to those businesses (creating a website, business cards, flyers, and tracking profits). Unfortunately, some parts of the site currently aren't working and the blog, while rich with topics about money and business, is not updated regularly. Overall, there's lots of potential here with a little more work.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • writing

Social Studies

  • the economy

Skills

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • innovation

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions
  • fiscal responsibility

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

There's so much potential here for kids to learn about and have fun with entrepreneurship. It's unfortunate that some portions of the site are not currently functioning.

Learning Approach

Kids learn skills by creating real-life, age-appropriate businesses and making stuff online such as business cards, flyers, and a website that helps promote the business.

Support

An Elementary MBA program and Entrepreneurs Kids Guide are designed to help parents and teachers teach kids about business topics.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • writing

Social Studies

  • the economy

Skills

Creativity

  • brainstorming
  • innovation

Self-Direction

  • self-assessment

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Responsibility & Ethics

  • making wise decisions
  • fiscal responsibility

Kids can learn entrepreneurship, fiscal responsibility, and assessment in business along with the more creative aspects of business such as brainstorming, writing persuasively, and making wise choices. There's also an Elementary MBA program and an Entrepreneurs Kids Guide to help parents and teachers teach kids about these topics, and an interesting blog about a variety of business, money, and workplace skills topics. Zibkids is a good starting point for getting kids to think like a CEO.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

ZIBKIDS provides the tools to help kids in the later elementary/early middle school grades create their own age-appropriate business. Kids can also learn about entrepreneurship with its Elementary MBA/Elementary Entrepreneurs Kids Guide with the help of parents or teachers who can use them for lesson plans or after school clubs. Guidebooks that will lead kids through the process of forming products (such as duct tape wallets) are not currently on the site, but are planned for future additions. Current features include a menu maker for a cafe business, customizable and printable business cards and flyers, and creating a business website. There's also a blog.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

There's so much potential here for kids to learn about and have fun with entrepreneurship. It's unfortunate that some portions of the site are not currently functioning; there are only a few business ideas (Zibz) for kids to choose, the printable material doesn't leave room for much creativity, and the blog (with a diverse range of well-written posts, including one on the $100,000 bill and another about getting a job) hasn't been updated in months. Many kids may not have the patience to stick with the spotty content and creative limits. Still, if a motivated parent or teacher takes the information already available here and guides kids in learning about business with that information, kids will certainly benefit. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what sort of business your kid may be interested in developing. How can your kid's personal interests translate into a good business idea?

  • Help kids use what they're learning to set up a lemonade stand, car wash, or even a booth at the local flea market.

  • Go through the Elementary Entrepreneurs Kids Guide with your kid to help teach them the basics of business. Relate any personal stories with your own experience in business to your kid so they learn more about the ins and outs of real-world business.

Website details

Genre:Creating
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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