What It Is:
Backpage is a classified advertising website similar to Craiglist that offers listings that include automotive, jobs, and real estate, as well as personals.
Who is on it?
People who are buying and selling. Backpage is very similar to Craigslist.com, except it’s become much more known to feature explicit, sexually-driven posts for adult services, escorts, and the like.
Would My Child Want It?:
We hope not! However, results from Backpage.com may show up in some Google searches, so we recommend you inform them that this is not an appropriate website for them to use.
Where Can It Be Used?:
It’s a website, so you just need internet access and you can get on it. There is also a mobile app available.
What Should I Watch Out For?:
- Sexual posts are common in the “adult” sections.
- Backpage is commonly used for casual hookups and for porn producers looking for “talent.”
What Are The Positives?:
- It is possible to find and sell used items through Backpage, but Craigslist is a far more common outlet for this.
What Are The Negatives?
Too many to list.
What We Think:
Even though you might find the occasional deal on a used lawnmower, we recommend that even adults steer clear of Backpage, so it’s definitely not a place for your kids.