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Kids can learn about current events on this social media-friendly site while reinforcing reading comprehension. General subject matter areas include business articles, entertainment, and U.S. and world news; each contains dozens of stories from music apps to the presidential campaign. A social media how-to section offers usage tips. The site's coverage can occasionally feel a little sensationalistic, and articles aren't typically very in-depth, but they can be a good place for older teens to get interested in the news. Mashable should capture teens' interest and provide a positive forum to discuss current events.
A section dedicated to health and fitness offers updates on healthy living trends and treatments.
Violence & Scariness
Because the site links to articles and videos on other news sites, kids can be exposed to just about anything -- including images of shooting victims and other graphic fare.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Although the content tends to be more informative than explicit, articles touch on sexually related topics such as an iPhone app that helps evaluate potential sexual partners.
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Swears in article headlines are somewhat censored; for example, an article about Cee-lo refers to his hit song "F-ck You." But you can include words like "damn" when posting comments.
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Products & Purchases
Videos are preceded by ads -- which are also pretty much everywhere on the site.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Articles touch on subjects like drinking games and following "cannabis culture" online.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that while the site advises users to use discretion when sharing personal information, it's easy to follow total strangers -- or be followed. Users can see what you've commented on, then respond to your posts. And, if Mashable COO Adam Hirsch's profile is any indication, you may get your fair share of spam: Users have posted comments for him about emailing to get personal photos, unblocking websites at work, and seeking him "for true friendship."
Is It Any Good?
Social media-centric news site MASHABLE includes short, snappy articles on recent U.S. and global news topics, lifestyle features, and other news. To customize your coverage, you can opt to receive a daily e-newsletter and follow specific topics (and people -- including celebrities and Mashable execs). However, if you're not social media-savvy, don’t worry: The site also has a how-to section with tips on using LinkedIn and other sites. Mashable’s format is pretty straightforward, and the writing is conversational without being too casual (it still feels like a news site -- with a touch of tabloid journalism). However, because of the emphasis on merging Mashable with your social networking profile, parents are likely to have some concerns. One potential solution: Monitor how your teen accesses the site. Users can read the articles (which tend to be more newsworthy than negligently scandalous) without logging in -- but they can't leave comments unless they connect via Facebook or Twitter.
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