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By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

AOL teen site mixes celeb fluff with more substantial news.

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JSYK--formerly AOL's BeRed site -- stands for "Just So You Know." Spend some time on the site, and you'll know a considerable amount about teen celebs like Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift (both have entire sections dedicated to them). However, you'll also learn about some other teen-centric news from around the U.S., covering topics like Facebook usage and teen depression. The articles are worth a look: Their tone is just conversational enough to hit home with teens, who can vote on what they think about the story or post a comment after reading it.

The site was clearly intended for older teens; some of the subject matter (STDs, teen pregnancy) is way too adult for younger users. Similarly, some of the other AOL teen sites JSYK links to, including Teen Ink --containing original stories about topics like kidnapping and murder -- really aren't meant for kids.

Website Details

  • Genre: Fan Sites
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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