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Flickr

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Fun media management with access to some iffy stuff.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn to express themselves by posting and sharing photos on Flickr. They can create a "photostream" with simple tools, contribute to Flickr’s social experience with comments, or view photostreams from sources such as NASA, the White House, and the Library of Congress. Flickr empowers kids with control of what they upload, share, and post. More built-in feedback to help kids with photography or social skills would augment the experience.

Positive messages

The site encourages creativity and teaches people how to utilize photos in their storytelling.

Violence

It's possible to encounter violent pictures (bloody body parts, people with guns).

Sex

It's fairly easy to find photos of sexy stuff. Pictures and sculptures of nude models can be artsy and tasteful, but there are also photos of cakes shaped like genitalia and breasts, as well as photos of sex toys.

Language

If kids search for a swear word, chances are someone has uploaded a photo that includes it.

Consumerism

The site works with third parties to offer DVD slideshows, photo books, mini business cards, posters, calendars, blogs, and postage stamps.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drugs, drug paraphernalia, tobacco, and alcohol use/abuse can be found in searches.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Flickr is a hip place for kids to store, manage, and share digital photos and videos online. If users set their photos to public, the whole world can view them. This also means kids can see photos you may find offensive (naked bodies, sexual toys, people doing drugs, gunshot wounds). As stated in the community guidelines, no photos of frontal nudity, genitalia, or intimate moments are allowed, but simple searches prove that these rules aren't strictly enforced.

What's it about?

FLICKR provides a place for kids to upload, organize, and share their digital photos and videos. A free membership to the site includes a huge amount of storage per month. A \"pro\" membership -- an unlimited amount of storage -- is also available for an annual fee. All memberships come with your own web page, complete with personalized URL. When kids upload things to their personal accounts, they choose who can see them: family, friends, or the public. Emails with links to their page are sent to family and friends; or, if the public category is chosen, flickr.com visitors (not necessarily members) can find images and videos by searching tags or member profiles.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

There are several features that make Flickr.com worthy. If you have a special event or interest, you can put photos or videos from different sources in a "Private Group." For example, someone can start a senior prom group and anyone who took pictures from that night can upload his or her photos to share with others. Kids can also send Flickr Mail (mail between members) and search by member profiles, tags, or groups. Flickr also works with third parties to offer DVD slideshows, photo books, posters, calendars, blogs, and postage stamps -- all featuring your photos -- to buy.

The main drawback to Flickr.com is that it's easy to access other members' stuff, allowing curious kids to find things you may not want them to see. Monitoring what your kid sees on the site proves difficult as content is constantly being uploaded. Flickr.com does provide community guidelines on posting, but quick searches on the site prove that these rules aren't being enforced diligently or quickly enough: Examples of frontal nudity, genitalia, and photos of intimate moments can all be found. Content can be reported by clicking on a "may offend" link.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes a photo or video appealing: How do light and color affect them? Do you like more abstract images? What's your favorite subject you like to see?

  • Families can browse through the site's "Explore" area to see noteworthy stuff.

  • Using today's powerful technology tools to create digital media comes with new responsibilities. Read our tips on creating with digital media.

Website details

Subjects:Arts: photography
Skills:Creativity: making new creations, producing new content
Communication: multiple forms of expression
Tech Skills: digital creation, social media
Genre:Social Networking
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 11 years old November 9, 2010

Iffy for 13 yolds

What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educational value
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 16 years old Written bytheplaz April 9, 2008

Great for schoolwork

This site is the best for getting photos for schoolwork. Never use the crappy array of images from Google Images again. This site has some really well done photographs which look much better in reports that Google Image Search results.
Teen, 17 years old Written byBlue-Bunny September 17, 2011

Pretty good...

This is a really good website. It's less inappropriate than things like deviantArt. Although there is some violent and sexual content, I think it's actually pretty rare. There's some really breathtaking pictures, too. The community is pretty friendly overall and I haven't come across any trolls so far. However, judging by some of the reviews below, there are some. There's trolls on everything, so it's really nothing new. You just got to learn to ignore them and if someone hates your stuff, ignore them, too. All-in-all, it's really good.

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