A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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?
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