Is participation limited to children only?
No. This is a project designed to inspire anyone who wishes to get involved.
How do you monitor the content on the site?
The purpose of our project is to empower children. As a result, we are mindful of the content that is posted onto the site. We monitor content in two ways: first, stories are initially submitted to Rock Thoughts for review before they are posted onto the site. We reserve the right to not publish stories or to propose edits to stories in order to make them appropriate for posting. Second, we monitor comments that are posted onto our site. We make every effort to ensure that comments posted are appropriate for children and in no way offensive or disrespectful. That said, there may be times when a comment is inadvertently posted that does not meet our standards. If that is the case, we ask that you please notify us and we will promptly respond to the situation.
Please note – you must be at least 13 years old to submit content directly to our site. Younger children are certainly welcome to participate but must do so through a parent or guardian.
How do we know where to find the rocks?
The rocks are hidden around the world. You can find out their locations by reading the stories and searching the website for specific cities, states, and/or countries. When possible, we tag our rocks through our instagram account.
What kind of rocks/paint should we use?
You can use any type, shape or size of rock (as long as it is big enough for you to write “rockthoughts.com” and a code on the bottom of the rock). We recommend using acrylic paint for the rocks and a Sharpie to write on the bottom of it.
Where do we hide the rocks?
The rocks can be hidden in any public space where they are likely to be found. We ask that you please respect private property and be mindful of not placing the rocks in locations that may cause problems (e.g. airports). You do not have to hide the rocks in the city or state where you live. In fact, we would love for the rocks to travel and invite you to take them with you on trips. If you have questions about locations, feel free to contact us.
I hid my rock but it doesn’t show up on the site, what happened?
In order for the rocks to show up on our site, they need to have a unique Rock Thoughts code and a story to go along with them. If you need a code, feel free to contact us to obtain one. If you already have a code but need to submit your story, you can do so here.
I submitted a story but it hasn’t been posted, what happened?
We post all stories that are appropriate for children viewers and have a photo of the rock associated with them. If you submitted your story but it hasn’t been posted it could be for the following reasons: we don’t have a photo for your story, you submitted the story but didn’t include your rock’s code (or sent the wrong code), or we have a backlog of stories and we haven’t gotten around to posting yours just yet. If you are still worried or have other questions, go ahead and contact us.
Where do you have monsters so far?
We currently have rocks throughout the Australia, Austria, Brazil, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Ukraine. We are eager to expand our locations and languages so if you are interested in getting involved, please let us know!
How long do the stories need to be?
We are less concerned with the length of the stories and more focused on the quality. That is to say, as long as you have honored this process and have drafted a well-thought out piece, it can be as long as you’d like it to be. We will not edit the stories for content so so we leave it up to you to draft that story as you wish.
How do the stories get continued?
When we are contacted about a rock that already has a story underway, we direct the finder to that rock’s prior narrative and ask him or her to continue developing that monster’s story. In addition, every new story that is uploaded for that specific rock includes links to the prior stories. Finally, each story is tagged with the specific rock’s code so all stories that are generated for a specific monster can be pulled up by selecting the respective code in the drop-down menu on our home page.
Do the stories need to be in English?
Not at all. The stories can be submitted in other languages as well. Please note, however, that if the stories are in languages other than English, Spanish or French, there may be a lapse in uploading them while we arrange for them to be translated. This is a necessary step to ensure that all content posted on this site is appropriate for children.
How can we use Rock Thoughts in an educational setting?
Rock Thoughts has great potential to be used as a great academic learning tool. We work with many schools that have integrated Rock Thoughts into their reading and writing curricula. These teachers are using Rock Thoughts to inspire children to read and write for a public audience, to use the rocks as plot devices for story-crafting, to learn how to review the works of others and provide constructive feedback, and to collaborate with others in the development and completion of creative projects.
In addition, as the stories will be in multiple languages, Rock Thoughts can be a fun and creative way to expose children to other languages and cultures. Finally, we are currently in discussions with a few children’s museums on how best to integrate Rock Thoughts into their educational agenda. There are, of course, many other ways that Rock Thoughts can be incorporated into an educational setting. To that end, if you have any suggestions, we would love to hear them.
Finally, we invite you to start your own Rock Trek!
Have more questions?
If you have questions or comments about what we do, please do not hesitate to contact us.