By Polly Conway,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Tidy aggregator puts all your favorite content in one place.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn to organize information as they figure out what kind of news they're interested in and want to follow. In a sense, they'll learn research skills, especially if they're setting up a feed for a particular project or school subject. For example, a Feedly that includes the keyword global warming and follows a handful of watchdog sites will give kids streamlined access to the information they're looking for, saving them an exhaustive online search. Feedly is a seemingly simple tool that can make a real difference, so long as kids are able to use it with discretion.
Kids will get satisfaction from having their favorite stuff from the Web organized and easily accessible.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Feedly is a way to organize your favorite websites, blogs, and other online content into a single convenient place on the Internet. If your kids are already responsibly and maturely using the Internet, they might benefit from Feedly; for example, if your daughter loves The Lord of the Rings and has a million fan sites bookmarked, Feedly can help her access them more easily by saving them in one place. However, most kids probably won’t need Feedly unless they're very active Internet users.
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What’s It About?
FEEDLY is a website that allows users to organize, read, and share the content of their favorite sites. It's a content aggregator, which means you tell it which websites you like and want to follow, and it tracks their content and makes it viewable on one page. You can access blogs, news sites, podcasts, and YouTube channels -- basically anything on the Internet. To add a source to your Feedly feed, just click on the plus icon in the upper left. To organize sources in terms of importance, click Personalize. You can save articles across devices or share them on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Evernote, Pinterest, or LinkedIn.
Is It Any Good?
Since Google Reader was discontinued in early 2013, people have been searching for a new way to organize their favorite websites. Feedly has been the most popular choice so far, and it's a pretty solid replacement. The interface can initially be a bit difficult to navigate, and help is not readily available. But after experimenting with settings, you should be able to set up a feed based on your interests.
The only negative is that Feedly can grab content from any website on the Internet, meaning that kids have access to potentially inappropriate stuff. Although you have to specifically search for inappropriate subjects for them to appear in your feed, Feedly probably isn’t a good idea for kids who aren't mature enough to use the site for its intended purpose, which is to simplify the browsing experience. It may be useful for older teens who could use it to gather up-to-date information for school assignments or other projects.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how technology has changed their lives. Getting overwhelmed by too many online options is a real issue, and Feedly can address it by streamlining content.
Talk to your kids about organization. How does it feel to have everything in neat categories, whether it's in their rooms or online?
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, reading comprehension, using supporting evidence
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: collecting data, decision-making, thinking critically, Creativity: combining knowledge, Tech Skills: social media, using and applying technology
- Genre: Social Networking
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: November 5, 2015
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