What It Is:
Pheed is an attempt at building a new social media network similar to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
What It Does:
Pheed works essentially the same as Facebook, while folding in elements of Twitter and YouTube, but aims itself at a younger demographic.
Would My Child Want It?:
Pheed is popular among some groups of young people, but doesn’t seem to be attracting the loyalty of, say, Instagram. If your child’s peers are using Pheed, it’s likely your child would want it, but it is not yet ubiquitous enough to be mandatory.
Where Can It Be Used?:
Pheed is available for iOS and Android.
What Should I Watch Out For?:
On Pheed, if you click around you probably wont be able to find anything pornographic. It may be lurking somewhere but your child is unlikely to accidentally stumble upon an X-rated post or channel.
Besides porn, Pheed also says it doesn’t allow “threatening, embarrassing, hateful, racially or ethnically insulting, libelous, defaming, or otherwise inappropriate content.” Users can flag content that is inappropriate or anything crude as well.
What Are The Positives?:
- Like Tumblr minus the porn.
- Allows for multiple media to exist in one platform.
What Are The Negatives?:
- It’s possible to find R-rated content (user channels are self-rated according to G, PG, PG-13, and R guidelines).
- Like all social media, can become habit-forming.
What We Think:
If your child wants to join Pheed, remind them this is a public place. On Pheed, there is a lot of sharing across other platforms, so something shared on Pheed could quickly make its way to other social networks like Instagram or Vine and vice-versa. If you allow your child on Pheed, be sure to get on the network yourself and participate with them.