CuLangBiz Kids, or CLB Kids, is a social networking site geared towards engaging children while simultaneously educating about culture, language and business savvy.
Founded in August 2010 by Ty Bell Stennis, CLB Kids utilizes free games, stories, music and videos in a safe environment. Here, children can chat with their peers, read child-appropriate book and movie reviews, find crafting and sports tips, learn fun recipes, engage in science experiments and much, much more.
"I wanted to teach my goddaughter about other languages and cultures, but being from Mississipi, I didn't have that exposure early on and I wanted that for her," said Stennis. "I was looking for books, animation and DVDs, but they didn't really have that and it can be expensive." From that desire, CuLangBiz Kids was born.
The site revolves around its diverse main characters: the CLB Kids of the Hazel Blalock International Academy Boarding School. Anyla is a southern belle from Meridian, Miss., Myrie is a sporty French girl with business sense, Benedict hails from England and loves math and cooking, Raphael is Puerto Rican and has a penchant for baseball and reading, Ming is a technology wiz from China with an inventive streak, Suzu loves music and dancing and is from Japan and TJ is a tennis pro from Queens, N.Y. Each character teaches the other about tolerance and diversity, but with a light and fun approach.
The site also features an online magazine where users can submit original materials, allowing children to display their talents.
CLB Kids further emphasizes safe and secure social networking habits, as children are encouraged to use the site in partnership with an adult, and parents are sent a log of their child's CLB Kids messages and friend requests weekly.
"There's really nothing kids can do on the site that parents aren't aware of," says Stennis. "These kids, they want to be on Facebook, but their parents don't want that. And it has no safety and no information for a parent." Stennis' site boasts filters and monitored chat rooms, with no possibility for private chats.
Stennis' goal is to extend the brand to become a household name for boys and girls, age 7-13. Stennis will look to the Licensing International Expo June 14-16 to form partnerships in all categories including bedding, entertainment, apparel, art and design, stationery and publishing.
For more information or to sign your child up for CLB Kids, visit www.clbkids.com.