Parents' Guide to


By Polly Conway, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Mostly safe spot for teens to share their love of books.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this website.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 2+

good app for 1 year olds not for 60 year olds though

so disturbing perfect for 1 year olds

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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age 18+

Porn easy to find on Goodereads

If you search for certain terms such as “sex pic” it will take you to nude pornographic pictures. Not sure if they are fake accounts or real porn books? Anyways in my opinion kids under 18 shouldn’t have access to porn

This title has:

Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (9):

Goodreads is the largest and most popular site of this type online, and it shows. It's a well-designed outlet for book lovers to share their likes and dislikes, and the recommendation system is spot-on, spurring kids to read even more books. Young bookworms will love the related activities, including quizzes like "The Ultimate Percy Jackson Quiz" and "Awesome Harry Potter Quotes," and can join groups to discuss every detail of The Hunger Games. Every book imaginable is reviewed here, and kids can explore their favorite genres with ease.

Which brings us to the trouble with Goodreads and kids: there's no real filter between kid and adult content. While 13 is the recommended age for signing up, there's nothing stopping a teen from joining the "Fifty Shades of Grey Support Group." It's surprising that they haven't come up with a more kid-focused sister site. But as long as parents help teens establish responsible social networking habits, Goodreads can be a fun and safe place for teens to share their love of books.

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