Parents' Guide to


By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Teen-centric news coverage includes some edgy topics.

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This youth-focused site tries to present an opinionated take on current events, but some topics or articles can be cringeworthy. Mic isn't CNN; the wording in many posts makes it pretty clear how the author feels about the topic, and the coverage tends to focus on several key areas that would be of interest to millennials. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. The site explains topics well, providing an ample amount of background, and its chatty tone should resonate with teens who are looking for a relatable news outlet.

But parents may feel some subjects are too adult for their kids -- a post on a bank closing porn stars' accounts is fairly innocent, for example, but it includes links to adult sites that are mentioned in the story. Other posts mention violence and world events that might disturb younger kids, and, due to the conversational tone, profanity sometimes appear in posts. As such, it's probably best that older teens -- potentially kids who are closing in on 18 -- are the ones who step up to the Mic, instead of younger users.

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  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: March 9, 2020

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