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KidSpirit Online is a free teen magazine & website for kids created by and for young people to tackle life’s big questions together. Teens share online writing, poetry, artwork, volunteer opportunities and examine their spiritual development in a non-affiliated and inclusive forum. Join the conversation!

Guidelines

As a visitor to KidSpirit Online, we want you to get the most you can out of the site and be part of what makes KidSpirit special. Here you can find frequently asked questions and commenting guidelines, as well as what we expect from our members.

KidSpirit Online is a unique community and magazine. Both aspects of our site empower youth to discover what matters to them and to share with other kids their age in a spirit of openness. All our readers, whether members or not, can share their thoughts about the content in comment boxes on every section of the magazine. When doing so, keep in mind that all comments are moderated before being posted. We ask that the comments you share are of the quality and tone you would like to receive about your own work. This doesn’t mean that comments should be complimentary, but they must be respectful. Please do not make remarks that you wouldn’t appreciate directed at you, even if they are anonymous.

You never have to share any personal information when you are just visiting the KidSpirit website. However, if you are under 13 years old and want to register to be a member of the KidSpirit website, we will have to get permission from your mom, dad, or guardian. They will be able to help you decide what personal information to give us. Once you’re a member, we may send you emails about news at KidSpirit. Remember, it’s best if you let your parents or guardian type in any information for you. Your safety is really important, so make sure that you don’t give out personal information about yourself (your e-mail address, telephone number, address or last name) while you’re enjoying activities on our website.

All of our members can participate in groups and forums. Here, the same common sense applies. Please participate vigorously, but remember to leave comments that are intended to help build a lively and inspiring community. Comments that are inappropriate, insensitive or rude will not be posted.

Members who are 13 and up can also create their own profile pages. This is a fantastic way to personalize your presence here at KidSpirit Online. Please do not post personally identifying information without your parent’s permission, and use the opportunity at KidSpirit to express your true and best self.  Any inappropriate information or activity posted can be removed at any time at the discretion of our staff. That said, make the most of your profile page and have fun at KidSpirit Online!

We encourage everyone between the ages of 11 and 15 to submit their work to KidSpirit. Please don’t send work that isn’t your own. The Editorial Board enjoys working with kids from all over, refining articles and poetry so that they display the best expression of your creativity. It’s not about perfection at KidSpirit, it’s about delving deep, finding your true voice and enjoying the process.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I comment?

Anyone can leave a comment at KidSpirit Online. If you are under 13 you may comment anonymously. If you are over 13 and a member of the KidSpirit Online community, you can leave your member name. If you are over 13 and not a member of KidSpirit Online you may comment anonymously. For detailed information, please see our privacy policy. Please remember that all comments are moderated before being posted. We ask that the comments you share are of the quality and tone you would like to receive about your own work. This doesn’t mean that comments should be complimentary, but they must be respectful. Please do not make remarks that you wouldn’t appreciate directed at you, even if they are anonymous. Any inappropriate information or activity can be removed at any time at the discretion of our staff.

How do I submit?

You can submit your Awesome Moments, poetry, art, or media reviews by following the instructions on our submit page. All submissions are reviewed by the KidSpirit Editorial Board, and we will inform you if your submission has been chosen for publication.

I’m a teacher, how can I get my kids involved?

We work with many teachers and youth group leaders eager to get their kids involved in the magazine. We suggest first looking at KidSpirit’s upcoming themes. You can encourage your students to send Awesome Moments, poetry, art and media reviews, and if you would like to work with us in getting your students to send longer essays, such as a feature articles or the Big Question, we recommend you email us. We like to make contact with teens and youth groups before writing, since there is a dynamic editorial process between the Ed Board and our contributors across the country.

How can I contact you?

General inquiries can be sent to info@kidspiritonline.com.

Can I subscribe to the magazine?

Although there is no longer a quarterly print edition of KidSpirit Magazine, back issues are available in our shop. All content on the website is open for reading and commenting, and free memberships also allow teens to create personal pages, participate in groups and forums, and create their own KidSpirit blogs. KidSpirit’s ad-free content and mission is unique. If you like what you see, please go to our donate page and see how you can help us continue this important work.