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About the Kids and Teens Open Directory Project

As the web grows, automated search engines and directories with small editorial staffs will be unable to cope with the volume of sites. 

The Kids and Teens Open Directory Project's goal is to produce the most comprehensive directory of the web for people under the age of 18, by relying on a vast army of volunteer editors. 

The Internet Brain

The web continues to grow at staggering rates. Automated search engines are increasingly unable to turn up useful results to search queries. The small paid editorial staffs at commercial directory sites can't keep up with submissions and the dynamisim of the web; the quality and comprehensiveness of their directories has suffered. Link rot is setting in and they can't keep pace with the growth of the Internet. 

The Republic of the Web

Instead of fighting the explosive growth of the Internet, the Open Directory provides the means for the Internet to organize itself. 

As the Internet grows, so do the number of net-citizens. These citizens can each organize a small portion of the web and present it back to the rest of the population, culling out the bad and useless and keeping only the best content. The Open Directory is a self-regulating republic where experts can collect their recommendations, without including noise and misinformation. 

Keeping the 'Net Safe for Kids and Teens

People under the age 18 are one of the fastest growing user groups surfing the web. The web is to them what TV was to their parents -- a primary source for information and entertainment.  The web, unlike TV,  is an unchanneled mixture of content that is full of information that may be inappropriate for children and teenagers. The net-citizens who create the Kids and Teens Open Directory channel appropriate web sites into a kids and teens oriented directory to meet the needs of this emerging group of Internet users ... and without the commercials!

Editors of the Kids and Teens directory also offer advice on Internet Safety to Young Kids, Kids, Teens and their Parents.

You Can Make a Difference

Like any community, you get what you give. The Open Directory provides the opportunity for everyone to contribute. 

Signing up is easy: choose a topic you know something about and join. Editing categories is a snap. We have a comprehensive set of tools for adding, deleting, and updating links in seconds. For just a few minutes of your time you can help make the web a better, safer place for Kids and Teens, and be recognized as an expert on your chosen topic. 

Join the Kids and Teens Open Directory Project

  1. Find a category that you would like to maintain.
  2. Follow the Become an Editor link at the top of the category page. 
Note that there are some pages without  Become an Editor links; you should find a more specific category which interests you, and apply there. 

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   Last update: 2006-10-09
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