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KidSpirit Online

KidSpirit Online

Spring 2012 Website
Ages: 11 - 16 yrs.
Designer: Linda Zerella
Designer: Mixit Productions
Editor: Elizabeth Dabney Hochman
Editor: Marika Josephson
Publisher: KidSpirit, Inc.

In the sometimes harsh transition from childhood to young adulthood, teens can easily get lost in the middle. The fear of rejection often outweighs the desire to be heard or connect with others. Kid Spirit is an online magazine for kids and by kids that provides an easy way to exchange personal and topical information. Kids can submit artwork, stories, poetry and photos or simply join in the group discussions and spout off on a range of topics. Positivity is the key here-no harsh judgments or repercussions are allowed. There's no cyber bullying tolerated here. Let's face it: Most teens find it easier to talk though technology these days, and while nothing makes up for personal connections, parents can feel better about this artistic exchange of ideas and safe platform for communication. In addition to the social elements, KidSpirit provides easy access to reliable links from reputable groups across the country, as well as an outlet to share ideas for journals, crafts and pent-up creativity. KidSpirit could benefit from simpler website navigation and cleaner graphics. Still, it has the potential to be the next social site to draw the attention of teens who are looking to interact in an environment without any fear of disapproval, betraying confidences or casting judgment-and that's a rare thing today.

Laura Fries   ©2012 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and 20 year member of the Television Critics Association Laura has been writing about television and film entertainment for more years than she cares to admit. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alexandria, Virginia.

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