Services: user experience, design
Starbright World is the first-ever online social network for teens with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions. Operated by Starlight Children’s Foundation, the free service allows members to connect globally with others experiencing similar medical journeys — playing games, sharing photos, writing blogs, and chatting — all in a safe, troll-free, moderated environment.
Being a teen is universally overwhelming without the added stress, isolation and loneliness that comes from battling serious illness. Not all aspects of healing are solely medical; those undergoing frequent hospitalizations and procedures – not to mention those with contagious conditions – can feel left out or alienated from “normal” teen social activities and school events, but via Starbright World, they can reach out to a friend or make new ones, express themselves, lend an ear, develop communication skills, talk about their fears, find encouragement, process their feelings, and connect with other teens who are going through similar experiences.