DREAM TEEN Magazine - - Front Page - By Tar­ran Carter DREAM TEEN Mag­a­zine October 2016

One of Aus­tralia’s youngest en­trepreneurs, Bella Tip­ping came up with an in­ge­nious idea to cre­ate a kids ver­sion of Tri­pAd­vi­sor. Bella no­ticed that ho­tels and restau­rants were look­ing af­ter cus­tomers bet­ter than she had ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore. She be­lieved that this was thanks to travel sites like Tri­pAd­vi­sor, which al­lowed trav­el­ersvel­ers to share their per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences and re­views with other trav­elavel­ers. How­ever, while adults were get­ting a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence, Bella was con­cerned th­ese same ho­tels, at­trac­tions and restau­rants still com­pletely over­looked or ig­nored the needs of chil­dren. Af­ter their trip, Bella’s mother was putting re­views on Tri­pAd­vi­sor; Bella asked her if she could also write some re­views. Be­cause she was too young to register for Tri­pAd­vi­sor, she wrote them on pa­per. At the end, they com­pared re­views and mom was sur­prised that their re­views were very dif­fer­ent. For ex­am­ple, while Bella’s par­ents had a lux­u­ri­ous ho­tel bed, Bella scored the 20 year old lumpy fold-out-sofa, which bowed in the mid­dle or col­lapsed when she sat on it. While her par­ents had a vast menu when din­ing, full of tempt­ing del­i­ca­cies, the kids’ menu had the same old deep fried nuggets, dried out lasagna or taste­less burg­ers, a soft drink-(not juice), and a cheap va­ri­ety of ice cream with runny top­pings. Bella says in most cases, kids re­ally miss out and to make a dif­fer­ence, Bella launched Kidz­ca­ Kidz­ca­ will make ho­tels, restau­rants and theme parks/ at­trac­tions, more aware of the needs of kids. She would like to see change in the in­dus­try, so kids can have a comfy bed, the ho­tel staff will ac­tu­ally no­tice the kids, and restau­rants of­fer a bet­ter childs’ meal se­lec­tion or even of­fer the same meal as adults, but in a smaller por­tionat a kids’ price. Kidz­ca­tionz.comKidz­ca­tionz com is not de­signed to take the place of sites like Tri­pAd­vi­sor, but to run along­side them. So when adults are look­ing for a place to stay, they can look up that same ho­tel or restau­rant or at­trac­tion on Kidz­ca­ and see what the kids think about it. Bella wants Kidz­ca­ to be a place where kids can be safe from on­line preda­tors be­cause no in­for­ma­tion is shared and di­rect com­mu­ni­ca­tion to each re­viewer is not avail­able. It also caters to spe­cial needs, be­cause peo­ple with spe­cial needs are even more in­vis­i­ble to ho­tels and re­sorts. Th­ese es­tab­lish­ments need to know they are just as im­por­tant. Kidz­ca­ will al­low re­view­ers who travel with peo­ple with spe­cial needs to rate that venue on how well it can sup­port their needs. Th­ese venues may not have it all sorted per­fectly, but if they are help­ful, kind and flex­i­ble, then that is a great start. DT

I don’t know about any­one else, but for me, it is frus­trat­ing that un­less your fam­ily goes to a fam­ily hol­i­day re­sort, chil­dren may as well be in­vis­i­ble. My fam­ily likes to use our hol­i­days to let me ex­pe­ri­ence other cul­tures and learn more about the his­tory of other coun­tries, so we very rarely stay at places where there are lots of other kids. We also eat out a lot and I like to try new things, but can’t eat a huge meal.”

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