Delicious

 
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Appetizing way to save and share links, but some iffy items.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids will appreciate the freedom to bookmark all their favorite content on the Web.

Violence

Kids won't necessarily be directed toward graphic content, but they can find sites with gory images in searches.

Sex

Searches turn up everything from news sites to porn.

Language

There's no language filter, so some shared links contain words like "f--k" and "s--t."

Consumerism

Some links lead to websites that show products, but kids won't be exposed to a lot of ads.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Search for "marijuana," and you'll get sites crowdsourcing the price of the drug across the U.S., NPR stories on drug busts, and everything in-between.

Privacy & safety

Users can make individual bookmarks private if they don't want to share them with other users. Links you import from Facebook or Twitter are automatically private.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids can register for the Delicious social-bookmarking site using Facebook or Twitter; if they opt to instead create a username and password, they'll be prompted again to link their account to the social-networking sites after signing up. Kids also can follow total strangers on the site, but their interactions will be limited. Users can't email each other through the site or respond to comments users include with shared links. However, users can list a URL and a full name in their profiles, and because the site integrates easily with Facebook and Twitter, users could potentially connect through those sites.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Social Studies

  • events
  • exploration
  • global awareness

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • collecting data
  • investigation

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • evaluating media messages
  • social media

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

With the Internet as a reference base, there's plenty to read, and sharing items may pique teens' interest. But viewing endless link lists might not be exciting for long, especially if kids are also sharing things on Facebook and Twitter.

Learning Approach

Teens can find out about virtually any topic, but the sites that show up aren't always stellar sources. Teens also won't get much guidance on using the information as a learning aid or enhancing their communication skills by sharing.

Support

A blog offers some additional information on Delicious, and the site is offered in more than 50 languages. Users also can see a record of the sites they've bookmarked, but they won't find many extras to help extend learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Social Studies

  • events
  • exploration
  • global awareness

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • collecting data
  • investigation

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively

Tech Skills

  • evaluating media messages
  • social media

Kids can learn about virtually any subject by searching for it on the site. However, there's no guarantee that the sites they find will be legit. They'll be able to work on reading comprehension, though, and will get research and search-engine practice. Because users can't respond to each other's comments, kids primarily will practice self-expression and written communication skills. Information about effective communication, further interaction options, and a safe area where students can share links without coming across racy content would help boost Delicious' educational value.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Wilkey Oh

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What's it about?

The save-and-share bookmarking site DELICIOUS can help you organize links to videos, blogs, and other online items you'd like to keep on hand. You can search within the site, find links to external sites, and store the URL in only a few clicks. (Download a bookmarklet button, and you can save sites even faster.) Users also can link up to their Facebook and Twitter friends or make new ones on the site and find additional content through shared items from followed users.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Delicious, formerly called del.icio.us, can help you organize website links you'd like to save. It's fairly easy to use and can help frequent readers categorize valuable reference materials with tags and notes for later use. The site's sharing capabilities also can help users find new content. It features some nice touches; for example, users can view the site in 50 languages. However, without more chances to interact and discuss with other users, users may opt only to use their browser's bookmarking feature and share articles with friends on Facebook or Twitter. Also, there's no way to safeguard kids from potentially finding questionable content; all they have to do is type in a term such as "sex," and they'll be directed to sites about porn, nudity, and other adults-only topics.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about online search engines and credibility. How can you tell if a website is a legitimate source of information?

  • If you find information on a website that isn't run by a reputed organization, educational institution, news outlet, or other verified source, how can you tell whether the information is someone’s opinion or fact?

  • You can include a photo, a bio, your full name, and a website URL in your Delicious profile, and you can link your account to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. What privacy and safety concerns are involved with doing that? How can you make sure your experience on the site is safe?

Website details

Genre:Social Networking
Pricing structure:Free

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I think that delicious was a great website for using bookmarks. It keeps all of your bookmarks in one area so it is easy access to everything you need to go to. If your looking to do this as a teacher it would help tremendously for the students to be able to find everything they need right there in front of them on one page. This can also help with your everyday job being able to give presentations easy due to the fact that you can easy access everything on the page in such little time. i would recommend this to all users who love keeping bookmarks close and easy.

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