A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about current events, and teen-specific issues from AIDS to pre-prom tanning rituals, all covered by teen journalists. While there's a fair amount of fluff -- articles offering DIY fashion tips and teen celeb news, there are also featured blogs posts on college tuition and friendship, and advice-oriented articles also offer tips on crafting gifts, learning to drive, and other items. Typical teen topics are represented, but youth journalists could cover more world news.
Many of the articles, covering subjects like teen bullying and ways to recover from a college rejection letter, have a positive bent.
Violence & Scariness
Because it’s very easy to click from a HuffPost Teen item to the regular HuffPo site, kids can access articles on murders, school shootings, and other violent topics.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Links to articles on sexual harassment cases and other topics on the main HuffPo site -- which features an entire section on sex-related topics -- are on the teen site's homepage; conversations on HuffPost Teen about same-sex marriage and other topics also can get fairly heated.
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According to the site, comments are screened by moderators and automated filters before they’re posted. Comments aren't blocked due to opinions or political views -- but may not go live if they contain excessive language or harassment.
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Products & Purchases
Ads for books are mixed with sponsored links to diet products and other items. The site also has some more subtle plugs -- like a headline for a link to a music video that proclaims the song is “CRAZY awesome.”
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Articles generally offer a responsible take on drugs and drinking, such as a series of video interviews with students answering the question, “Will it be weird if I don’t drink in college?" (Most say it won't be).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that HuffPost Teen is an offshoot of the site HuffPost dedicated to news for young adults. To post comments on the site, users need to either sign in with Facebook, Twitter, or another account or register. The site rejects young users from signing up (according to the user agreement, no information will be collected from anyone under age 13 -- attempts to sign up as a 12-year-old won’t work). Kids who get rejected due to age and then try to sign up using an older age from the same computer can’t register, which means they also can't post comments or create a profile.
Is It Any Good?
HUFFPOST TEEN, a section of the popular contributor-based HuffPo site geared toward high school-age readers, offers updates and advice on everything from navigating college life to making a dress prom-worthy. The content, which includes short articles, essays, and news about young celebs, is often written by teens -- and is right on target with that age group’s interests. Original fiction provided by Figment.com also offers a forum for creative teens.
However, while the content is, for the most part, upbeat and age appropriate, kids can easily stumble onto the main HuffPo site; its central subject areas are listed on the top of each page. If HuffPost Teen had a more separate identity/offered less access to the original site, it might feel like a safer space. But as long as kids can click over to articles on crime and make-up sex being like cocaine -- and a fair number of adults are still posting comments on HuffPost Teen -- parents may want to think twice about letting younger teens roam freely on the site.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.