What It Is:
Medium is a blog publishing platform founded by Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone. The website and app have since evolved into a hybrid of contributions by both professional and non-professional users.
What It Does:
Medium is a high-gloss Tumblr, a blogging/sharing platform that has been embraced by writers but that also allows for video, images, etc., but that places an emphasis more on the quality of the content and less on the person who makes it.
Would My Child Want It?:
Maybe, but likely not. Medium is more of a professional blogger/magazine-type reader than a pop culture movement like Tumblr.
Where Can It Be Used?:
Since it’s a website, Medium can be used on any device that connects to the internet. There is also a read-only mobile app available.
What Should I Watch Out For?:
- It’s a searchable website via it’s search function so any word can be searched for, good or bad.
- Some of the stories posted may go against the grain of your personal beliefs regarding faith, politics, cultural norms, etc.
What Are The Positives?:
- Medium shows you how long – in minutes – it takes the average reader to read a post.
- Seamless integration with Twitter means your profile is set up in a couple of clicks or fewer.
- Commenting is in the form of Notes on each line of your post, rather than at the end of the post.
What Are The Negatives?:
- Like any blog-type website, inappropriate material – though rare – does exist on Medium.
- Data mining.
What We Think:
Due to its low desirability among young people and its (mostly) high-quality content, Medium is a fairly decent site. If you’ve already allowed your child to have a Twitter account and think they have the emotional maturity to use Medium with wisdom, it’s probably okay to let them.