Pinterest

Website review by Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Semi-social site helps users collect images for inspiration.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 30 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 79 reviews

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age 18+

Pinterest is not mean for anyone under age 18

Don't do it. I didn't realize they would push adult laden and sexually graphic content and themes to my young 12-13 y/o. Kids are naturally curious at this age, it is an inevitability and some marketers and predators posing as mainstream marketers will push content or link their content to seemingly innocuous tween, teen, or child focused, to peak interest, even when they shouldn't do so, given the profile set up with your child's userid and age. Pinterest platform is perfect for and designed for adults... I love the Pinterest concept used for pinning inspiring content, finding great ideas, and recipes. The algorithms will curate interesting ideas that peak my interest based on search and selection patterns. However, the same approach will be used against children and young teens for products, fashion, including sexually graphic and inappropriate content, which tends to creep in, quickly. If your child selects or lingers on an image or material that creeps in or is tied to questionable content, the algorithms are deliberately designed to curate and push more inappropriate content to your young children or teens more frequently...even if they are under 18 y/o. Some material is clearly meant for young adults (18 y/o) and mature adults. There is no setting that allows you to filter out inappropriate content or to select for age appropriate content. They have access to everything you would as an adult. Adult laden themes, soft porn, graphic sexual content themes, adult humor, along with fashion trends, DIY crafts, life hacks, work-outs, books, etc. Everything you see or select for, they can see with full, unfiltered access. You won't know what they see until you pull up their profile or see the boards they are creating, which is also open to public view, not necessarily locked down for privacy. All of these variables together, unfortunately, make Pinterest an unsafe digital environment and experience, for young minds that are easily influenced. Its important for parents to understand how marketing algorithms are designed these days to fully appreciate how powerful algorithms are in pushing inappropriate content, including adult humor, political charged themes, graphic sexual content, et al questionable material, that is pushed to your children due to your or their initial exposure and/or clicking pattern on links. Best to avoid allowing kids on the platform at all, unless you are able to have direct supervision throughout their engagement. It is what it is, until the platform developers are willing to design one that is truly age appropriate and allows parents to control what kids have access to. Everything in its time and one's maturity.
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age 18+

Use extreme caution with this app

Parent warning to anyone with a child using this app. The algorithms on this site can lead to horrific, traumatic content on suicide, death and drug use. Stuff a person can’t unsee. And the site will keep populating that content for you once the “artificial intelligence” determines that is your interest. You will even get emails reminding you of updates to horrific content. I will take heat here for being “irresponsible” although my spouse and I try our very best. We very very nearly lost our daughter to this app. Our 13 yo daughter signed up for this during the pandemic. My only use of this site had literally been for a few recipes and home remodeling ideas. We thought it was a hobbyist site for makers to share stuff. And it is that. AND if one day your child searches for a Halloween costume based on slightly edgy but a movie we watched together “nightmare before christmas” search string a number of neat costumes come up accompanied by a number of edgier costumes including some that suggest self harm. Try this. Can’t. Make. it. up. Click on ONE of those and it opens up a new page of more and more terrible stuff on suicide, drug use, depression. And that is now top of the queue every single time you log in and no matter how many times after you search for rainbows, unicorns and abundance, the search recommendations will always have something there to draw one back into terrible content. You will even get emails reminding you to see new “pins on depression. “ As a fully formed adult, this can be hard to deal with. As a teen during a pandemic - it’s literally like handing them a loaded gun without instructions. We thought we had a handle on internet and social media content with screen time limits, content limits, search limits and communicating with our kids. We let Pinterest right in the door and it nearly cost us everything we hold dear- not hyperbole. Be as cautious with this app or even more so then anything on the internet or any other social media application.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Arts: painting, photography, Hobbies: fashion, sports
  • Skills: Creativity: combining knowledge, making new creations, Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression, Tech Skills: evaluating media messages, social media
  • Genre: Social Networking
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 17, 2020

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