Imgur

Website review by
Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media
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Often funny, often explicit meme site best for mature teens.

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age 18+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about popular and political culture as well as what makes images and commentary engaging. Kids can get creative with their own uploaded images or slightly alter existing memes, building on or even creating worldwide trends. Registered users learn about establishing themselves in an online community through notoriety ratings and reputation points depending on the popularity of their memes and reaction to their comments. Imgur can be a place for kids to get creative, let off steam, or laugh, but this highly engaged atmosphere is meant more for adults than kids.

Positive Messages
Violence

Most references to violence are tongue in cheek or political. Specific information given about guns (including AK-47s) from enthusiasts.

Sex

Casual references to sex.

Language

Cursing, including the "N" word, as well as self-bleeping easy to find (terms ask users to avoid foul language and "use asterisks to self-bleep if you must"). Sexual language. 

Consumerism

Right-side banner ads on main page and right-side pop-ups occasionally on other pages.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to drinking, drugs, and smoking are used obliquely, in political commentary, and in jokes; a prank on a mall policeman involves "dealing pot in public" and a cooking device.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Imgur is a wildly popular meme-creation and -sharing site. If you're wondering "What's a meme?", ask your kids. They may not know what the word means, but most likely they've seen and snickered at a few. Ever seen Grumpy Cat? I Can Has Cheezburger? These are memes -- often humorous pictures with overlaid text that makes a point or joke. 

User Reviews

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Adult Written byBeth K. January 29, 2017

Inappropriate Content

I don't agree at all that this site only has memes! While reviewing activity of my child on this site, I found postings of gay pornography (still photos... Continue reading
Adult Written byAlfredo Z. January 15, 2018

Inappropriate sexual material

I agree with the aforementioned review. I found this site by checking my sons viewing and it led to inappropriate sexual images.

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What's it about?

The IMGUR main page serves up a collection of images and GIFs sortable by most viral, user-submitted, most popular, newest, or highest scoring. Random mode picks memes for full display and allows for linear browsing. Kids can down-vote, up-vote, favorite, flag, or submit a comment on any meme. Registered users upload images or start with existing memes, then choose to keep private or share after email confirmation using six link methods including those for message boards, forums, and Reddit comments.

Is it any good?

According to Wikipedia, Imgur serves up more images in 10 minutes than there are images in the Library of Congress. In 2012, 300 million images were uploaded, 364 billion image views were counted, and 42 petabytes of data were transferred -- scary and amazing. The site is really for young adults, and teens love it because it's mature, edgy, and accessible; if they create a successful meme, it means at least 15 minutes of fame, if not a spot on late-night TV. OPs (original posters) vie, at a minimum, to make the main page.

Imgur has adult-level content and commentary, including casual references to sex, images of joints and AK-47s, and cursing. But bullying seems absent, and comments are mostly about memes being LOL funny (others not so much). The warning from the developer that only "safe for work" (SFW) content is permitted should be message enough that kids aren't the intended users, although they're not asked their ages at registration.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the temporal quality of memes. They're often created in response to a news item or another timely event, and their popularity is explosive but doesn't last long. Why do you think people create memes if they're bound to fade into Internet history? 

  • Challenge your teens to explore the idea of going viral. Research the most popular media outlets, or analyze what makes images compelling. Is quality always a factor in a viral video? 

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For kids who love memes

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