What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pinterest is like a digital pinboard that people use to share, save, and categorize images and ideas for everything from crafting, tattoos, and photography to cooking, decorating, and collecting stuff. Although most pins people post are pretty clean, there's some not-for-kids stuff that teens may happen across (pins that include nudity in the tattoo category, for example); and they will definitely find iffy stuff if they intentionally search for it. In some instances, Pinterest links to other sites, and some of those may contain content that's inappropriate for teens. Users can create a Pinterest account via a Facebook account or an email address.
What kids can learn
- making new creations
- combining knowledge
Responsibility & Ethics
- honoring the community
- social media
Engagement, Approach, Support
Pinterest is highly visually engaging. It's well organized by topics and subtopics, which makes searching for information or just randomly browsing within a particular subject area easy and absorbing. Creating your own boards is empowering and fun.
Learning is baked in as teens use social media to search for, share, and combine knowledge to gather information and spark new creations. Teens can take some of what they've learned from Pinterest and extend it to at-home or at-school projects, cooking and crafting, fashion ideas, and more.
The help center (found under app settings) includes an overview guide, a browsing section to search for specific help, and a "fix a problem" tab for troubleshooting.
What's it about?
Browse topics by tapping on a PINTEREST category or entering a keyword in the search field, or use the "guided search" feature to find specific items while also being introduced to related pins in subcategories (with the guided search "healthy food," for example, subcategories include "easy," "for picky eaters," and "breakfast"). Scroll up and down images of pins by swiping down or up. "Pin" your own images from the Internet or from your device's camera; comment on other user's pins; share via Facebook, Twitter, or email; or save to your camera roll.
Is it any good?
Pinterest is an ideal app to explore if you're looking for ideas for a homemade gift, new hairstyle, recipes, pithy quotes, and pretty much anything else you'd want to find. This app (and its companion website) can be a real time drain. Start browsing Pinterest, and hours may evaporate in what seems like moments. Pinterest is generally a good example of positive social networking with lots of practical purpose and creativity in the vast majority of pins. Still, this is a user-generated content service, and there is some stuff many parents may find inappropriate, especially for younger teens. Pinterest could be made more safe and appropriate for teens if there were an option to filter pins with nudity, profanity, and violence (which can be reported easily by tapping on the send arrow and the "Report Pin" option). Overall, Pinterest is a robust, information-packed way to find and share ideas visually.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about Internet safety. Consider sitting with your teen (at least the first few times) as he or she is searching and viewing. Talk about what sorts of images and information are OK to post on Pinterest, as well as the option to use up to three "secret" boards to limit who can view your posts.
Show your teens how to use Pinterest's "report" feature to report any inappropriate content they may stumble upon.
Is your teen working on a project that requires creativity? Use Pinterest for inspiration.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Chromebook, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Nook HD, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone|
|Release date:||June 27, 2014|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 6.0 or later; Android varies with device.|