A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that 9Gag is a companion app to the popular website, which is dedicated to mostly bawdy humor. Using photos with funny captions, GIF files, videos, and more, it celebrates geek culture (there's a Geeky channel) but also can contain content that's not appropriate for kids. Foul language is common (including "f--k" and "s--t"), and there's often graphic content (both sexual or violent) available to people who log in via Facebook or create a user account, which only requires an email address and a password.
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What's it about?
Users can view an endless stream of memes (photos with funny captions), photos, videos, animated GIF files, and more. People who wish to comment on the posts can do so via a forum, and the site makes it easy for you to upload your own images, memes, and so on. If you're signed in, you also can upvote or downvote posts.
Is it any good?
If Internet memes make you laugh, you might enjoy 9Gag, and there are posts that are funny and appropriate for older teens. However, when you're signed in, the images and humor veer far into adult content. There also is a distinct focus on sexy images, including an entire channel called Girl that features pictures of scantily clad women. Because of this focus and generally raunchy culture, this one is best left to older teens and adults.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what's appropriate humor and what's cruel or disturbing. Why are memes funny? How far is too far?
Families also can talk about the mob mentality of some Internet communities and how to avoid falling into that trap. What does it mean to be a part of a community, including one in an app or on the Internet?
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