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Excellent Chart Featuring Useful Web Tools for The Under 13s

Several of the web tools available online have restriction for the under 13 years old. This is really frustrating because students in primary schools are therefore restricted from using digital media in their learning. There are, however, a select few of web platforms that support this age category and provides access to the under 13 but still some of these tools require parental permission.

Mark from Mr G Online has done a wonderful work by compiling a variety of web tools that are kids friendly. He divided them int 3 categories those that are available for free for the under 13s, those available for this same age category but are paid and another section for web tools restricted to 13 and over.

Please make sure before you use any of the web tools mentioned below that you check their terms of service together with their FAQ page because TOS agreements are constantly changing and chances that some of the web tools included in the chart below might have their TOS changed to restrict the under 13 is possible.

I invite you to read the original article of Mark from which this chart is taken. His post includes a very illustrative explanation of the chart together with a comment section where many teachers and educators have been engaged in a heated discussion over this issue. Enjoy



Available to Under 13s – FreeAvailable to Under 13s – PaidRestricted to 13 and Over
PHOTO SLIDESHOW/MOVIESINTERACTIVE POSTERINTERACTIVE POSTER
Animoto for Education (strict supervision expected as outlined inEducation Terms) Here is some infoabout setting up student accountsGlogsterEDU (Teacher account that can be used to create private student accounts linked to Teacher account- 30 Day Free Trial available which saves your work and students’ if you want to continue with paid option ) Glogster (free account not allowed for Under 13s)
SOCIAL BOOKMARKING AND COLLABORATIVE NOTETAKING3D ANIMATED STORYTELLINGSOCIAL BOOK REVIEWING
Diigo (Teacher account that can be used to create private student accounts linked to Teacher account )Xtranormal for Education (Teacher controlled accounts)GoAnimate for Schools (secure environment) Shelfari ( access to any type of book on Amazon so right to limit access to 13 and Over )
EDUCATIONAL NETWORKCOMIC/CARTOON CREATORSOCIAL NETWORKING
Edmodo (Secure teacher controlled system)BitStrips for Schools (secure environment controlled by teacher)Twitter and Facebook ( we all know that even though millions are on Facebook)
BOOK PUBLISHINGBOOK PUBLISHINGPRESENTATION TOOL
StoryJumper Classroom Edition ( Like Edmodo, a secure teacher controlled system)Zooburst for Educators (secure Teacher Controlled environmentSliderocket(recently changed their policy to not allow Under 13s   – confusing because it implies that with parental permission Under 13s can register and yet they blocked our accounts)Prezi(actually limited to 18 and over)
BOOK PUBLISHINGINTERACTIVE TIMELINES3D ANIMATED STORYTELLING
StoryBird for Schools ( same as StoryJumper)TikiToki (Education account has more options)Xtranormal( it is very easy to find some inappropriate animations on Public version – right to block)GoAnimate
BOOKMARKINGMULTIMEDIA AVATARCOMIC/CARTOON CREATOR
Symbaloo (no special conditions – can search for general public’s symbaloos but generally a barebones bookmark button site)Voki (Teacher managed environment)ToonDoo (very clear wording in policy about Under 13s -even the ToonDooSpaces for Schools)
FILE SHARING/CLOUD NETWORKCOLLABORATIVE NOTETAKINGBOOK PUBLISHING
DropBox ( tricky one – not directed towards Under 13s but if permission granted and no Personal Information is provided – teacher sets up account without using child info – it seems to be OK. School discretion I feel on this one. If web based system is avoided, I can’t see a problem – it’s just like saving to computer) Evernote (paid account required for sharing and collaborating on notes)Zooburst (a pop up book maker not available to under 13s makes no sense to me but laws are laws!?)
MINDMAPPINGSURVEY CREATION
Popplet (not sure about this one – am awaiting a reply to an email I sent for clarification – will change here as soon as I receive reply)UPDATE:reply from Popplet says that as long as teacher creates the account and is responsible in monitoring the account, under 13s can use.                        PollDaddy (can’t work out how why this kind of site is restricted but it is. If you have the iPad app at least the students can conduct the surveys but teacher will have to publish them and log in for results)SurveyMonkey (mentions minors for other countries and Under 13s for USA)
COLLABORATIVE PRESENTATIONGOOGLEDOCS
VoiceThread ( a free account must be created by a parent or guardian with permission ) GOOGLE ACCOUNTS        (including Public Google Docs. Hard to find this policy without searching- not in Terms of Use section –  but it is clear on Under 13s restrictions)
PRESENTATION TOOLVIDEO SITES
Prezi EDU ( Tricky one – hard to read policy but after checking forums found a response to a question regarding Under 13s from official Prezi rep that stated with specific parent permission Prezi can be used by Under 13s. See forum links here and here )SchoolTube ( lacks clarity – can viewbut can’t upload is my interpretation)YouTube (public site restricted to 13 and Over in terms of user accounts – but like Facebook a lot using it anyway.Schools have to be aware of the terms though.)Vimeo (quite clear in the wording of their policy re: Under 13s)
MULTIMEDIA AVATAR                  
Voki (Supervision recommended, parental permission required and personal information avoided
WEBSITE CREATION
Weebly for Education ( teacher creates student accounts )
WIKIS
Wikispaces (parent email or teacher setup only)
BLOGGING
Edublogs ( no mention of Under 13s – Schools to think about level of privacy settings)Kidblog ( must be over 13 to register but can use with permission if someone else registers for under 13 student)
COMIC/CARTOON CREATOR
BitStrips (parent email contact for approval)
GOOGLE DOCS
 GOOGLEAPPS FOR EDUCATION                     School wide implementation required
WORD CLOUDS
 Wordle   Tagxedo
COLLABORATIVE BOARDS
WallWisher 
INTERACTIVE TIME LINES
TikiToki (limited Free account)
NOTETAKING
Evernote ( another confusingly worded policy – suggests the service is not directed at children but then implies that its more about private information and letting parents know its happened. Get permission, create the accounts and probably OK. )

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