Pinterest

LQ: 9.2

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Brain grade: 8.6
Fun score: 9.8

ESRB Rating: N/A Platform/Console: , , , , LWK Recommended Age: 7+ Thinking Skills Used: , Academic Skills Used:

Pinterest is a free content sharing social website where users can post images, recipes, poems, craft projects, and other creative ideas on “pinboards.” Users thematically organize their posts, or “pins,” to create a visually stimulating representation of their interests. Users often use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Users can also browse pinboards to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share similar interests. A Pinterest board can be shared through Facebook or Google+ and a mobile version is also available. Pinterest requires some reading and not all of the content is acceptable for young children. When monitored by an adult, Pinterest is suitable for children 7 and up.


THIS APP IS GOOD FOR KIDS WHO NEED HELP WITH:

Organization

Arranging and coordinating materials in order to complete a task.

Pinterest is a great way to keep interesting and inspiring content organized in one location. Pins should be titled and placed on pinboards containing similar images and topoics. For example, users can search out content related to specific subject matter, like a band or sports team, then create a pinboard dedicated to that topic and begin adding content. Adding to pinboards is easy, as users can explore by searching other boards for related content to "repin" onto their boards, or search the web for content to import in. "Pinning" ideas and topics of interest can keep help users learn the basic tenants of Organization, helping them to keep creative ideas in one place using an easily searchable, appealing aesthetic.

Self-Awareness

Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.

Pinterest serves as a great platform for self-expression, since the app's main function is for get users catalogueing their interests and sharing them with others. This can help children develop a sense of individuality as they build their profile and present content they feel relates to their personal interests  Since Pinterest also serves as a social network, it also encourages users to connect with others, comment on pins, and develop a shared interest in topics with a larger group of peers. The comfortable forum provided by the app can help more hesitant, private children become better accustomed to expressing their interests within a public space.

Reading

Pinterest can be a great starting off point to get users reading content related to their interests, as the site often links out to popular articles filled with topical information. Users can also practice their reading skills by joining the conversation to read over other users' comments and replies, and should be encouraged to post comments on pins that they themselves find interesting. Although Pintrest is very much a visual website, comments, conversations and descriptions are what give the site its connected, social atmosphere.

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