What It Is:
Ebay is the largest online auction site and marketplace for selling and buying, like a giant online garage sale.
Who is on it?
Ebay claims to have over 300 million registered users.
Would My Child Want It?:
If your child is interested in purchasing (or selling) rarities or collectibles that can’t be found easily in a store or through online retailers like Amazon, they might be interested in using Ebay.
Where Can It Be Used?:
Ebay can accessed from any web browser, and there are also mobile apps available for smartphones and tablets.
What Should I Watch Out For?:
- For the most part, Ebay is a safe place to buy/sell and browse for products.
- There are items available for purchase that aren’t age appropriate for your child.
- Also Ebay has an internal messaging service between members to ask specific questions about items available for sale.
- Consumerism or spending money your kids (or you) don’t have.
What Are The Positives?:
- Many rarities and collectibles available.
- Auction-style buying allows for purchasing within your budgetary constraints.
- Teaches broad lessons in economics, saving, and spending.
What Are The Negatives?:
- Some material may not be age appropriate.
- Unmonitored user-to-user messaging can be dangerous.
What We Think:
Ebay is a very useful site for what it is, but it’s unlikely your child will be clamoring to use it. Should they want to participate in the site, be sure to give them specific guidelines on how you want them to use it, and ensure they can’t spend more money than they have.