My 7-year-old loves to make videos. Whether it’s sharing his favorite recipe or talking about the latest Wimpy Kid book, there is no subject that’s too small for him to review. I love this about him. He’s creative, thoughtful and has a strong point of view, but until recently, his desire to share his content was less than appealing.
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act prevents kids under the age of 13 from having their own YouTube, Facebook or Instagram accounts. And even if the act wasn’t in place, I’m not comfortable letting my young son share his content in an online forum that is often riddled with inappropriate content and “unkind” comments. Enter KidzVuz, a unique online community for kids, by kids that allows children to create, post and watch homemade videos in a safe, secure and bully-free environment.
“We like to think of KidzVuz as ‘YouTube with training wheels,’ ” says Rebecca Levey, who along with Nancy Friedman founded the kid-oriented review site. “When we created KidzVuz, we wanted to create a place where kids could share their interests and passions in a safe, secure and monitored environment.”
In fact, the KidzVuz monitoring system is one of the things that makes it such a great resource for kids. While most “monitored” sites use complex algorithms and keyword searches to monitor their content, KidzVuz uses a team of experts to monitor every video, comment and response that is posted online.
“Our goal is to encourage self- expression but also teach kids about boundaries and help them understand the difference between appropriate content and things that really ought to be left unsaid or offline,” says Friedman.
KidzVuz encourages its users to share their passions. The result is a diverse website with a wide variety of reviews from toys and games to TV shows, movies and travel destinations. Consequently, kids from all over the country can go to KidzVuz to “meet” other friends who share their hobbies and interests. For many kids, this can be a great outlet as they are able to connect with other kids who share their views while also having the opportunity to pontificate about things they really love.
KidzVuz is free and open to kids ages 7-12. Kids needs their parents’ permission to register but then posting a video is as easy as choosing a username and pressing “record.” Although the site’s main goal is to be a safe place where kids can share their views and opinions, they do host contests, giveaways and other programs that offer extra incentives and exciting experiences. As our kids become more tech savvy and feel more empowered to express their thoughts and opinions, I’m thrilled there is a safe place that encourages creative thought, higher order thinking and plenty of fun.
For more information about KidzVuz, visit www.kidzvuz.com.