Focus: Communications - Site Visit

The Rainforest Foundation was set up by the musician Sting and his wife Trudie Styler in 1989 to support indigenous people and traditional populations of the world's rainforests in their efforts to protect their environments and defend their rights.

Earlier this year it launched Kid's Corner, a microsite designed especially for five to 11-year-olds.

Main pages

Despite what is surely a misplaced apostrophe, Kid's Corner is well constructed for its target age group. The centrepiece of a decent homepage is predictably green but attractive nonetheless, and acts as a nice entrance into entertaining sections on the rainforests' indigenous people and wildlife, and a more sober area detailing the activities that threaten them.

When the site's young visitors are done meeting enjoyably illustrated characters such as Tasmin the Tree Frog and Anthony the Anaconda, they can find out more from informative features such as 'saving the rainforest' or browse the main site's photo gallery. Had this site - or indeed the internet - been around when I was eight, I'm sure I'd have enjoyed it.

Special features

Raiders of the Lost Bark is a beautifully named Super Mario-style game in which players must avoid logs, chainsaws and forest fires before successfully attacking the besuited Larry the Logger. It might be a touch obvious in making the fundamental point that deforestation is bad, but it works - ten minutes in and I really despised flying chainsaws.

The Rainforest Foundation says:

"Kid's Corner invites children to discover life in the rainforest and meet the people who live in and protect them. With the world's irreplaceable rainforests disappearing at the rate of 50 acres a minute, it's important that everyone is aware of what is being lost."

Site Visit is by Tony Hodson

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