Alien Blue - reddit official client

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Useful for mature fans of Reddit, but young kids beware.

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age 16+
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Navigating the endlessly growing number of pages on Reddit is easy with this app, if you're familiar with the site. Newcomers might have a bit more trouble but nothing considerable. 

Violence

User comments in some subreddits may threaten violence in many forms. Although it's rarely serious, it can be unsettling. 

Sex

Many subreddits have graphic sexual imagery.

Language

As with any community this large, if there's a curse word, it's used. 

Consumerism

Celebrities often plug their new movies, and comment threads are frequently built around new retail products. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Several subreddits celebrate drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Alien Blue - reddit official client lets mobile users access Reddit, the extremely popular hybrid social networking/message board/news website, often called "the front page of the Internet." Although there's lots of great stuff on Reddit (even the president did one of their AMA, or "Ask Me Anything," interviews), and it gives many people a chance to create powerful online communities, kids could easily use this app to access "subreddits," or subject-specific threads, that can be filled with graphic sexual images, glorifications of drugs or alcohol, or other inappropriate content you never even dreamed could exist. 

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Adult Written bykaitlinb December 20, 2014

It's Reddit.

Reddit is just not for kids.

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What's it about?

Users can browse the Reddit site and all its subsections with a free membership. Users over age 13 can register, and you can tailor the site's front page to your own interests (video games, fashion, sports, and so on). Users who have not registered can't view "subreddit" pages with graphic content, but that won't entirely protect them from unsavory content including posts from hate groups, sexual discussions, and more. Users also can comment on posts and upload their own pictures, links, or statements from the app, which are immediately visible on the site. 

Is it any good?

ALIEN BLUE is, without a doubt, the best way to browse the social news site on a mobile device. It's well laid-out, officially supported by the site, and easy to understand. For this very reason, though, it's a poor choice for kids who may not be mature enough to keep from exploring the murky corners of the Internet. Reddit is a completely open environment -- and although some groups have enacted positive change, others may expose kids to graphic, offensive, or sexual content. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how anything that you post online never truly goes away. What are some other reasons to be your best self when using the Internet? 

  • Families also can talk about bullying. Have you ever been bullied online? How is it different from beign bullied at school? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 15, 2014
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Size: 21.80 MB
  • Version: 2.9.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later

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