There has been alot of controversy when it comes to Creepypastas. I don't remember fondly, but I remember two girls (about my age) killed one of their friends? Off of a pasta on this site?
You know, I think there's an idea whe can do to fix this. How about kid-friendly pastas? First of all, I've been reading stuff like Goosebumps recently, and they're scary as heck. Creepypastas on this site are sometimes bland. Even triple-a creepypastas use a few tropes or two..
I suggest making a handful of more child-friendly creepypastas, for two reasons;
1. To abandon the tropes that are abundant in newer pastas, like Jeff the Killer and Russian Sleep Experiment
2. To actually bring a little more challenge when writing a pasta. I think it'd be fun to rewrite your favorite creepypasta in a style that would appeal to kids.
The reason why I'm proposing this is because I myself am a child (not underage, i'm 13). In school, alot of my friends talk about creeypasta, but not as daily conversation.
I'm not good at writing, but I hope you guys can hear out my idea.
Part of what makes creepypastas so great is that since they are written for a more mature audience, anything goes. For example, I could write a story about a man slicing open his stomach and devouring his own intestines. Sure, it would probably get deleted and might get me banned, but I could still write it if I wanted to without worrying about mentally scarring some poor little kid. Your idea has a few flaws. How would writing child-friendly stories abolish cliches? Every story would end up as 'Jeff the Killer- inspired pasta where nobody dies' or something similar. You wouldn't be able to add the pyschological horrors that delve into the human mind-too scary for the little ones. Putting kid-friendly stories on here is like streaming Spongebob on a porn site. One wrong turn, and that child loses his innocence. If you absolutely must have your 'kid Creepypastas' I'd recommend putting it on a different website.
In my opinion, Creepypastas are only intended for professional writers that create pastas only intended for mature audiences. Adding a Kid-friendly category would ruin the name of this site, as I said before, because it's only intended for mature ones, not for kiddos. But something comes in my mind, it will decrease the quality of the site, but it increases the popularity on younger audiences, that sounds both bad and good. Take note, this is just my opinion.
It takes the scary out of creepypasta if we make a Kid-Friendly category. It is like telling a boring scary story about your cat making a weird face at a campfire, it just doesn't fit well. Besides, we don't need to attract young kids to the site, because the stories posted on here are for a mature audience.
What the hell is a kid-friendly scary story supposed to even be? The whole thing as kids wanting to see horror movies was because they weren't kid friendly, because they scare you, show blood and guts, etc. The reason your mom tells you monsters live under your bed and in your closet is because it scares you as a child.
Making a scary story for little kids isn't very logical and honestly just sounds daft. The fun thing about writing is there are no restrictions, so why put on a fucking stupid one?
I think that we should just try to stay away from pointless gore and rape. I think that creepypastas would suck if they would get any more kid friendly; they are supposed to be modern campfires and how many of those are really kid friendly? And, by the way, kids love being scared. They love watching horror movies; reading horror stories and play horror games. They love that stuff! Being scared is healthy, even more so for kids. It helps to keep calm in dangerous situations and if you are never scared, just like any other emotion, it would not only affect you mental health, but also your physical health. It is very simular like parents never allowing their kids to get dirty since they could get sick, but if kids never get sick they are more likely to get sick when they are older. But, that doesn't mean that there souldn't be any, I think it could be fun. Maybe on a sub wiki like trollpasta or something.
The two girls only suceeded in grievoulsy wounding their friend as I recall.
I believe the story that inspired them was Jeff the Killer, a pasta which then and now has been regarded as the poster-child for bad exploitive creepypastas and which the creepypasta community was already trying to distance itself from, and the girls were just under the minimum age for active participation on this wiki and the Creepypasta webside (after that incident they quickly rasied the limit to 18 on the website, I don't know if that's still in effect).
In my opinion, the best way to keep young kids from inappropriate or dangerous involvement in creepypasta is to A, relentlessly enforce the minimum age limit when possible, B, consistently (as much as possible) enforce the new quality standards, and C, don't ever bring chat back. I don't know if there is a rule saying you have to be 18 to view NSFW-tagged pages, but if there isn't that would also be a good step if it could be implemented.
Theoretically there could be a "kid-friendly" sphere of creepypasta, since we often like to muse that creepypasta is more derived from the campfire-type storytelling tradition as opposed to the hardcore horror movie tradition. But in any case adults would have to lead the charge on that, preferably with parents on-board, which is a dubious bet. It's not likely that the new established under-13 creepypasta community segment would have much of value to contribute to creepypasta in an active sense, but it also wouldn't be reasonable to invite them to sit and listen and read but not want to write and get feedback.
My ultimate take: unless there is a group of individuals that is really devoted and passionate about opening up the creepypasta world to young kids and know how to do it in a relatively safe and productive way, I don't see a reason to entertain it.