ESPN

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Sports heaven is safe, but news has mature stuff.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

True to life, the news and message boards sometimes include information about illegal behavior, like doping and gambling. This is written for mainly an adult audience, not taking into consideration that young teens may be reading about these athletes who are their role models.

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism

Lots of ads for ESPN shows and ESPN-related products, as well as for big-ticket items like trucks and the occasional political ad. There's a link to the ESPN store.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some of the articles talk about doping, but not in a positive light.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this comprehensive sports site isn't really geared toward kids, but there's not much here that's inappropriate for them. Sports fans must be 13 years old to become a member, giving them access to safe forums and other "MyESPN" features, like personal profiles, blogs, and friends lists. Members only have to give their first name and a parent's email address. Even though most of the content is straightforward stats, analysis, and just plain fun, sometimes the sporting world's underbelly shows a more serious side (doping, racism, gambling) that requires a parent's -- not a message board's -- explanation and guidance.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymaricyl December 16, 2008

most 9 and above

it is a nice sport website but it is for 9 and above can watch this
Adult Written byCabraun123 August 18, 2018

National anthem protest

I won’t watch any tv program that makes the decision to exclude the national anthem from an NFL game. What does this teach your kids? We were avid ESPN fans bu... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCommomGirl April 9, 2008

I don't think so!

This site is very mature for young children. There are some videos for hard-hits and tackles. They sometimes has reports on issues involving drugs, drinking, an... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old April 12, 2011

good for everyone

it is fine for anyone who can navigate a computer

What's it about?

Sports fans young and old cheer whenever they go to ESPN.com, a comprehensive sports site packed with news, stats, schedules, polls, analysis, discussion, sports-related arcade games, videos, and more.

Is it any good?

Brimming with features, the site boasts so much info for kids that many may not even feel the need to move onto the ESPN.com SportsNation message boards. Indeed, the boards seem to be relatively on-topic and clean, and there's a "report violation" option on every post if anything does appear that is against the site's stringent rules. Yet there are some hard-hitting topics like doping, racism in sports, and other politically and ethically charged discussions that less mature teens may not be ready to engage in without guidance from a parent.

Fully registered users can create a MyESPN profile to customize the site, have conversations with other users, and create a profile and blog. But this, too, has a safer privacy feature built in for the younger users or anyone who wants to keep it private.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why athletes are idolized in our culture. What do athletes do that should be praised? Criticized? On a lighter note, how can young sports fans use the information on ESPN to learn math (check out the stats), geography (team locations), or history?

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