Pheed

Common Sense Media says

Social app offers many ways to share; expect iffy content.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Selecting people to follow is simply a matter of tapping on their feeds, and users can find topics of interest through the search function.

Violence

Because all the content is user-generated, there's a constant possibility of violent imagery showing up in users' feeds.

Sex

It's very easy to find suggestive and/or nude pictures.

Language

It depends on the people you follow, but words such as "f--k" and "s--t" are commonly seen and heard. 

Consumerism

Some Pheeds or events require paid subscriptions to be accessed. (Users also can monetize their own channels.)

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

It's very easy to find videos and pictures of users doing drugs or drinking.

Privacy & safety

The app requires users to sign in using Facebook or Twitter or by entering an email address. Users also are encouraged to upload a profile and a background photo and enter personal information, though this is not mandatory. The terms of use and privacy policy state that the service is prohibited for kids under 13; teens 13 to 17 are directed to view the the terms of use with a parent.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pheed is a social-networking app that blends Twitter, Facebook, Vine, Tumblr, and other services into a single feed. Users can upload and share their written thoughts, videos, photos, and audio recordings. It's very easy for users to find inappropriate topics, including sexual and drug-related topics. Users also can monetize their feeds, charging up to $35 for others to view it -- and they may be asked to pay to view other feeds. Additionally, the app requests a fair bit of personal information when users are setting up their accounts.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Pheed wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Pheed wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Users view and share digital content from a variety of outlets, including Twitter, Facebook, Vine, Tumblr, and other services, as well as written thoughts, videos, photos, and audio recordings. From there, they can import friends from other social media sites or discover new ones through the app's search engine. PHEED allows users to monetize their own channels, letting them charge up to $35 per user. Live events, such as concerts, are viewable if users pay real-world money. They can rate their own feeds as G, PG, PG-13, or R (X is shown as an option, but anyone who selects it is warned the app is not meant for that kind of content). It's up to users to live up to their ratings or risk being reported by other users.

Is it any good?

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Pheed can be a useful tool for avid social media users. It's a handy way to check in on all your networks in one place. That social focus, though, makes it inappropriate for young children -- and the ease by which users can find sexually themed or drug-related content should give parents of teens pause. Users can follow anyone -- and any feed rated R is advised only for people over 17 (and several PG-13-rated feeds push the limits as well). It's a good tool for adults, but it's too easy to find potentially offensive content.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what's appropriate to post publicly and about the option to set accounts to private.

  • Families also can talk about the app's terms of use. The developers require teens to review the terms with parents, but they don't enforce this in any way.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free (with in-app purchases)
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:July 30, 2013
Category:Social Networking
Size:15.70 MB
Version:2.0.9
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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