Kids on the Net ( http://kidsonthenet.com - KOTN)
is a free website which encourages children's writing. It features
writing by children working at
home and at school, providing a safe and supportive environment
for them to work in. It was founded in 1997 as part of the trAce
Online Writing Community and is currently owned and supported
by Reach Further Ltd.
The site attracts around 2 million
visitors each year and contains edited contributions from
hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world
the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, China, Japan, France, Netherlands,
South America, India, Nigeria and South Africa.. KOTN currently
receives visitors from over 150 countries worldwide.
Although the website has clear educational value it is rooted
in an ethos of promoting creativity amongst
young people, particularly in respect to the innovative use
of the Internet for writing. Over the ten years since Kids on
the Net was founded there has been a lot of changes in technologies
available – children are now encouraged to use digital
video, animation and many other technologies. Yet there is still
no other project quite as user-focused or long term as Kids on
the Net, and we are planning for a relaunch in early 2009.
We aim to maintain a safe and secure website and
promote Net Safety for young people.
We offer educational and enjoyable collaborative writing
projects, including Kids' Castle, Monster Motel, The Net Rules!
Contact us for details.
- To give children an international voice on the internet in
a safe and supportive environment
- To encourage the use of the internet to develop young people's
writing and reading
- To encourage young people to read and be aware of new media
writing and art
- To help young people to create writing specifically for new
media including the web
- To provide resources to the education community to support
the use of the internet in teaching literacy, reading and writing
Our potential for excellence in supporting the teaching of literacy,
reading and writing in schools was recognised in 2003 when,
in association with the trAce Online Writing
Centre, we were awarded a
major education grant by NESTA
(the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)
for the project Writers for the Future, part of which was used
to fund a teacher in residence creating resources for UK teachers
based on the Kids on the Net site - check out Dragonsville and
We continue to offer opportunities for children to be
inspired to read and write, as well as resources for teachers
on the National Literacy Strategy and the curriculum for reading