POSTED BY: BOB KNOTTS
Yes, we have a whole new website created by kids … for kids! From the Humanity Project. It is a website intended specifically to serve a largely ignored population of special children: socially isolated middle school kids, including many LGBT students. The site is called thp4kids (“The Humanity Project 4 Kids”) and you’ll find it at this link: http://thp4kids.com It has been under development by talented students at a Florida magnet school for two years, with intensive work during the 2012-2013 school year thanks to a generous grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. Our staffers at South Plantation High School created a complicated custom-designed site using the latest Flash technology — and this means the website is best viewed using the Internet Explorer 10 browser. (We plan to work over the summer on cross-browser compatibility issues, which bedevil even professional adult web developers these days. For now, the site is functional in other browsers but at its fastest and best in IE10 with a good Internet connection on a PC. ) We are very excited about this new major addition to the Humanity Project’s programs — and we hope a national, even international, audience of school kids will find the site and benefit from it. Because thp4kids isn’t for every child, as you’ll see. It’s for kids who are smart and lonely, perhaps struggling with sexual identity issues.
Kids who want to know and understand but feel confused at this point in their lives. We believe our new Internet destination can offer them an online friend as well as guidance, insight and encouragement. Check it out for yourself and you’ll see. For instance, look in the “You’re NOT Alone” section and watch the amazing “Hearing Voices (Inside Your Head)” animated features, one of them created just for boys and another just for girls. And listen to the ultra-cool song, “All Alone, But Not.” Or in the “Being … YOU” section, look at such videos as “Life Can Be Tough” or “How It Is: Life!” These and all other materials are original, made by the Humanity Project and our student staff. That includes the music, videos, writings, everything. It’s fairly impressive, if we say so ourselves. There’s even a “ChillSounds” relaxation feature that offers more than three hours of chillout music and nature sounds for kids to unwind after a hard day. Please pass the link along to your friends and family — to anyone who may help us spread the word about thp4kids. We know this unique website can help thousands of struggling kids. Now we just need help to make sure those kids know we’re there for them, any time they need us.