Feedly

Common Sense Media says

Tidy aggregator puts all your favorite content in one place.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids will get satisfaction from having their favorite stuff from the Web organized and easily accessible. 

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Feedly pulls content -- any content -- from the Web, so kids can access whatever they happen to search for through the site. Searches for "sex" and "porn" bring up a mix of links -- some news-related, some not -- but all are inappropriate for kids.

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.

What kids can learn

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

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

It can be fun and thought-provoking to pick your favorite sites and gather them in one place, but engagement ultimately depends on what kinds of sources and articles you choose to have in your feed.

Learning Approach

It takes strategy and critical thinking to tinker with a feed so it brings up the exact content you're looking for. You're also encouraged to share your feed with other interested parties through social media.

Support

When you click the Support link, it takes you to a page where you can sign up for FeedlyPro. There's a tutorial, but it's buried deep within the blog.

What kids can learn

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

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Polly Conway

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Website details

Genre:Social Networking
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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