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Some iffy language in app version of popular trivia site.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is easy to navigate. Typing in longer answers is sometimes difficult with the iPhone's smaller keyboard, particularly when trying to spell words that are not in the user dictionary.

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The official quizzes tend to be safe language-wise but the comments section may contain unmoderated language, including "damn." Also, user-submitted quizzes can also appear in the app; these sometimes contain objectionable language.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some of the quizzes may refer to drinking or drug use, particularly quizzes about movies and television.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sporcle is a quiz-taking app based on the Sporcle trivia website. Because you can read user comments on the quizzes and the app contains some user-created quizzes, you can encounter strong language and references to drinking or drug use in parts of the app. Some quizzes cover educational subjects. You cannot submit comments or create quizzes from within the app.

Is it any good?


SPORCLE is a mobile version of the popular online trivia site. The app accesses a selection of the text-based quizzes available on the site and offers hundreds of quizzes to choose from in categories such as entertainment, language, science, sports, religion, literature, and music. Each quiz has its own timer and set of questions. Players can choose to create an account to track their games played and scores.

With so many quizzes available, Sporcle can be a diversion for a few minutes or an hour. However, because of the user-created quizzes and user comments, there are some language issues, and parents should provide guidance for younger players. Typing out longer answers on a small device (particularly the iPhone keyboard) can be difficult. The app, however, is well-designed and great for trivia and puzzle lovers.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date:July 1, 2010
Category:Trivia Games
Publisher:Sporcle, Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later Android 1.6 and up

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Adult Written byHot Fuss December 15, 2011

Stupid Common Sense

Common Sense, you are stupid. D amn is not a bad word, why do you say so? Besides, it is going to be boring for kids under 11. How come you wont let me say dam n. Dam n you CSM
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Educational value
Teen, 13 years old Written byKi-RBT May 4, 2014

As Expected

I have, in the past, curated for the base website and gotten into it, and I can say that it is not targeted at kids. It is targeted at anyone who likes trivia and random facts. As to language, there are occasionally (usually in the comments) swear words or similar, although *usually* people have the sense to star them out. If not, other users can report, and there are almost always several curators/mods/admin/involved members online to deal with that sort of thing (as well as automatic censors for user quizzes). Such problems rarely show up, anyhow, as most of the Sporcle community is made up of well-mannered people who just like random facts. Overall, there really isn't much of an emphasis on age-levels, swearing, or privacy, because it really isn't much needed. Sporcle is intended for people, regardless of age, who enjoy trivia.
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Easy to play/use


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