Kidzworld

LQ: 8.7

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Brain grade: 9
Fun score: 8.4

Platform/Console: LWK Recommended Age: 10+ Thinking Skills Used: Academic Skills Used:

Kidzworld is an interactive website that allows children to communicate via chat rooms. Unlike other types of chat rooms that are perceived as dangerous, a human moderator ensures all content is child-safe and appropriate. Kidzworld is not a place for internet bullies, foul language, or inappropriate content — instead it allows children the freedom and excitement of randomized and instantaneous communication, where they can work on internet social skills — a set of skills that is important for them to master during school years, and necessary to master before entering the workplace. Kidzworld offers more than just chat rooms. Children can write articles or prose, upload pictures and videos, read the news, comment, give advice, blog, and even play games. It’s a highly-social site that fosters and inspires online chatting, and since it’s monitored, parents can be sure their children are not engaging in any type of risky online behavior. Still, it’s best suited for children 10 and older.


this app is good for kids who need help with:

Self-Awareness

Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Kidzworld Kidz ZoneKidzworld is a place for children to learn, reflect, and express themselves. Learning takes place as children read articles and news clips, and watch videos from the website. Because there are so many categories -- from sports to current events and pop culture -- there is always be something interesting to explore. The reflecting process will take place next, where children think about what they read, and attempt to express it through chatting. Expression takes the form of the many moderated subject-specific chat rooms, where children can hash out their ideas with another observant peer. Children are presented with numerous opportunities to learn something new, which will reinforce the learn, reflect, and express paradigm under which the site operates. Kidzworld is a great way for children to practice many different aspects of the Self-Awareness thinking skill.

Reading

The wealth of written content on the Kidzworld site is entirely geared toward children. The forums and advice columns generated by users notwithstanding, a great deal of the content is readable, applicable, and reliable coverage on many topical issues. Children can pick the category they wish to explore and delve right into the story. While quizzes, contents, and arcade games make the site more interactive and kid-friendly, its written content is where the website really thrives. The language is easy to read but still encourages children to learn new vocabulary. Images tend to accompany stories as well, helping readers to better contextualize the story.

 

Self-Awareness Activity

kidzworld-social-network-kids-cryptlifeAsk your child to "design a profile," a command located under the "kw zone" tab. This gives your child an identity on the website, and access to the content, chat rooms, and games. Keep in mind that this is a chance for your child to forge his or her own path of self-discovery. You child can read the articles that appeal to them, play the games that seem most enticing, and talks with others about experiences with and reactions to the content on the side. All of your child's Kidzone activity should focus around two important facets of the Self-Awareness skill: interpretation and reaction. All content will elicit some type of reaction, whether it's a new perspective or a contrary opinion. Ask your child to talk to other users who have read the same story or played the same game. What was similar about the experience? What was different? The chat rooms are opportunities for your child to understand the varying opinions of other children, which in turn allows your child to grow as an individual.

Reading Activity

Not only should you be monitoring your child's chat room activity, as a parent you should also make sure the content your child is reading has some real-world application. Of course, your child might first be drawn to sports or celebrity-centered stories, as they are the most immediate and relatable. While celebrity gossip may spark some interesting conversation in the moderated chat rooms, encourage your child to read stories about topical and global events. It's important that he uses the the reading material to broaden his worldview. The "advice" column is another interesting read, where your child will find articles that address everyday questions and concerns from color-coordinating to how to deal with stress. Make sure that, for every story about a celebrity, your child reads one news story and one advice column entry. They are interesting too.

Kidzworld & Autism

History-of-Pearl-Harbor-KidzworldKidzworld provides children who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder a safe outlet for communication. Communication skills like social awareness, attention, and eye contact can't all be addressed through the text-based medium, but the chat rooms in Kidzworld provide children with the opportunity to reveal what they are thinking without having the worry about any immediate adverse effects. The moderated chat rooms work to bolster confidence when communicating.

Using Kidzworld for Children Affected by Autism

  • Open the the chat feature and enter a chat room with your child. Be sure he is not writing anything hurtful or offensive. If your child misinterprets another user's response, explain to your child about the nature of text-based communication. It is important to understand that there was simply a miscommunication, and that the other user likely meant no harm. At first, your presence alongside your child in the chat rooms is just important as his -- so make sure you provide, constructive positive feedback.
  • Make chatting into a game. When a user types a response or greeting to your child, stop and think before you allow your child to respond. Next ask your child to try and determine a facial expression that coincides with what the user said. This will help your child associate feeling and mood with speech and the written word, bolstering her overall communication skills.
  • Help your child find a topic on the site that fits her interest. Children affected by autism sometimes delve very deeply into a single subject they find intriguing, but sometimes have difficulty sharing their passion and knowledge with others. The chatting platform of Kidzworld provides a safe way to share that interest and knowledge with others in a constructive way that can translate into real-world communication habits.

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