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The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that OnlyFans.com is a subscription-based content website. Users have to enter their email address, name, and a password and sign up for an OnlyFans.com account -- and will also need to subscribe to individual users' pages -- to view content on the site. The cost to access profile pages varies, depending on what price each creator sets. Subscribing to profile pages can be free, or creators can charge up to $250 for multi-month bundled subscriptions. Some profiles that are free to follow still ask you to enter credit card information to view the content and can charge for posts. Creators, according to the site FAQ, receive 80% of the revenue their page earns from subscriptions, paid messages, and tips users send. Because users are allowed to post items that feature nudity and language doesn't seem to be filtered in any way, users could potentially come across a variety of questionable items on the site. Many may require a paid subscription, but users push the site's content boundaries by posting profile header shots where they're almost naked and/or in suggestive poses.
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What’s It About?
People register and make or view subscription-based profiles on ONLYFANS.COM. Creators share photos, videos, and other content, with few language, nudity, or other limitations. Users can't really search for random profiles by keyword; the site shows you a limited number of suggested ones, but you need to enter a name or username to find a profile. Some can be viewed for free, but a number require a paid subscription. Users may see a prompt to enter credit card information and be told they won't be charged to access a free profile.
Is It Any Good?
The subscription-based content on this site runs the gamut from workout tip-related posts to sexually charged teasers for images that show a lot of skin, most of which isn't for kids. Many OnlyFans.com profiles seem to be more provocative than informational. The site has fewer nudity-related regulations than other sites, which may be its main draw. One user says it's somewhere people can see things she can't share anywhere else -- indicating why it's probably not a great site for kids. Users have to sign up for an account to access more than just the site's registration page. They can then either create their own promotional profile or view other people's -- although the site wasn't really designed for aimless searching. The limited search functionality makes it difficult to find profiles, aside from the few you're shown, unless you know who you're looking for. Some creators try to get around that by posting partial links or their profile name as a comment on other users' posts. The site developers suggest that creators drum up interest for their page elsewhere, such as other social media sites they're on -- which could prove challenging for less famous users.
OnlyFans.com has numerous ways for creators to monetize their presence. They can set a subscription price for their page, or let people sign up to see content for free but charge for certain posts and livestreams. Creators can also add a tipping feature to their page after making 10 posts and frequent updates. According to the site FAQ, creators receive 80% of the revenue their page earns from subscriptions, paid messages, and tips, potentially netting them between $1,499 and $7,495 a month, and the other 20% goes toward payment processing and other costs. But promoting your page through OnlyFans.com seems challenging, since there's little chance users will stumble across it. Even if they did, the visual content would be grayed out unless they agree to purchase a subscription, sight unseen. The monetization aspect sets a tone that makes OnlyFans.com feel very different from profile-based social media sites. Whether users are posting thong photos because sex sells, or just because they can, there are better venues kids can use to connect with people they know.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how subscription-based websites like OnlyFans.com are billed. How can you tell if you sign up for something if it will be a one-time or recurring charge?
What information should you never include when you're creating or sharing a profile on a website? What do you think are possible dangers associated with having your personal info online?
- Genre: Fan Sites
- Pricing structure: Paid, Free
- Last updated: February 16, 2021
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