Reddit.com

What It Is:
Reddit is known among its users as “The Front Page of the Internet,” but in reality it’s just a gigantic forum where users can post on just about any topic; other users vote those posts up or down and add their own comments on anything posted. 

What It Does:
Reddit works as an online forum with several smaller “chat rooms” based on just about every topic imaginable. Anyone can register to post and comment.

Would My Child Want It?:
While Reddit appeals more to the tech-savvy, it’s possible that your child would want to be on the site since it has youth-appealing content (i.e. funny things, trending activities and socially driven media via pictures and videos.) 

Where Can It Be Used?:
It’s a website, so anywhere with internet. There are also multiple mobile apps that function as Reddit clients. 

What Should I Watch Out For?:

  • The users at Reddit pride themselves on having the greatest and latest things to hit the internet.  Unfortunately, this means a lot of illicit or explicit images, videos, and text.
  • Even good topic threads can have links to porn or sexually driven content.
  • Language is unregulated, meaning it is often vulgar or profane.
  • Hate speech and bullying.

What Are The Positives?: 

  • If you wanted to know a public opinion on a certain topic, you’ll find a large sample size via Reddit.
  • You can see what they average posters thought about a certain topic.

What Are The Negatives?:

  • Porn is prevalent.
  • Inappropriate images are everywhere.
  • A lot of foul language.

What We Think:
Since the upside is so minimal compared to the potential downsides, we advise you to have your children stay away from Reddit.