Kidult

Website review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Hip news site doesn't sugarcoat the events of the day.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

A "be all you can be" attitude is apparent here, with news stories working to inform teens of what's going on, while offering up inspirational stories in the "Cool Jobs" department that feature a diverse group of young adults doing what they love.

Violence
Sex

The site doesn't shy aware from news and health stories relating to sex. Some stories that have appeared include a report on a 10-year-old rape victim and the abortion controversy surrounding her story, and changes in teen pregnancy rates. 

Language
Consumerism

There is no warning when clicking on an advertisers page, so kids might not realize they have left the site. There are only a few ads, including one for an art website and another for founder of the site, Pharrell Williams' clothing line.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Health stories related to smoking can be read here. All of the stories are based on recent studies and reports and focus on the dangers of these addictions.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this news site designed by hip-hop artist Pharrell Williams covers some mature topics, like teen pregnancy and crime, but not in a tabloid manner. The news is delivered in a format that's easy to read and doesn't put a lot of spin or attitude into the story. Basically, it's just the facts -- but the site's clear point of view is that kids shouldn't be protected from news. Celebs profiled in the entertainment section appear to be wholesome choices, rather than sensational, and there is a focus on getting teens to think about their future with career profiles and opportunities to contribute to the site. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySoarary August 21, 2010

No. 11+. Just no.

Stories about sex. o__o
Parent of a 14 year old Written bymissiloveyou2much July 16, 2010

Some appropriate parts

Ehh. I watched a Twilight spoof and it was NOT appropriate.
Teen, 14 years old Written bycourtney15 August 2, 2010
its gr8 for teens 12 -19
Kid, 8 years old July 18, 2010

GAAAAAAAAA

THAT SOUNDS BAD S__ AND S__ AHHHHHHHHH

Is it any good?

If you're too old to still be considered "a kid" but not old enough to be an adult, then KIDULT (get it?) is for you. The site is like a newspaper, entertainment magazine, and video site all rolled into one. Kids can get news, gossip, and music suggestions -- but parents will need to determine if this site is age-appropriate for their kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Famiilies can talk about news sources and staying up to date on what's happening in the world. How has the internet changed the way people access news? Do you think it has made us better informed? Who decides what becomes news and what doesn't? Do you notice a difference in how difference sites report the same stories?

  • Talk about the harsh realities of some news, and what news stories are age-appropriate.

  • What does it mean to be a "kidult?" Is this the same thing as a teen? Do you sometimes feel confused about where you fit in, between childhood and adulthood?

Website details

For kids who love to get socially engaged online

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