Newgrounds

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Graphic Flash portal strictly for fans and older teens.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 27 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 84 reviews

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Positive Messages

On the plus side, the critiques and comments members offer each other about their work appear generally constructive, helpful, and well-informed. Negatively, some of what's commented upon isn't even close to appropriate for teens. The forums are so extensive that content there is extremely varied and unpredictable.

Violence

Some of the most popular Flash content submitted by members contains gun and other weapon violence and glorification of war, terrorism, and general social meltdown. The site does rate some submitted content with a "Mature" rating for violent content, and you can read the author's as well as viewers' comments before viewing many of them.

Sex

Particularly in the Adult Features section (for which users are supposed to be 18 to view, but need only click a button to access) there are a lot of sexually explicit images and raunchy humor. By the site's own admission, some humor is "for perverted grown-ups only."

Language

With thousands of posts on hundreds of forums, there's so much content here that it's impossible to monitor language. The forum rules states there's a ban on "racist, sexist, homophobic" language.

Consumerism

Ads for other Web sites and games. Online store for promotional products like T-shirts.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Forums run the gamut, including one called "The Stoner's Club" organized by The Pope of Dope and another for tobacco smokers.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this clearinghouse for Flash content posts uncensored, unedited user-generated content and is for enthusiasts only. The site's legal terms stipulate that kids 13-17 are supposed to have parental permission to join the site, and anyone under 18 is banned (in theory) from looking at the Adult Features section, but there's no real safeguard to ensure those rules are followed.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byParentsNeedToKnow November 15, 2013

Pay attention to your child. Does not have a lot of variety.

This website has plenty of games. If your kid is known for tiptoeing around parents or teachers, monitor what they are playing using History or do not let them... Continue reading
Adult Written byDaleeria May 10, 2009

Actually Check It Out Sometime

I agree, there are many things about this site that are inappropriate for anyone under teenage level, but those things actually have warnings and ratings and so... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bySubterranianHom... October 3, 2010

Amazing website houses good and bad, but the careful, trustworthy kid should be able to handle it.

This site has been cleaned up a lot from way back when, but that doesn't mean it's clean. As far as movies go, the ratings are accurate and the ones r... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old February 2, 2019

Too Much Adult Content.

Newgrounds Can be for Children, But It Has it's Dark Side.
Here's Why.

1. Porn
Porn Can Be So Explicit That Its Only Allowed For 18+ But With A Accou... Continue reading

What's it about?

As the original and largest Flash portal on the Web, NEWGROUNDS.COM is a giant clearinghouse of user-generated Flash games, videos, art, music, animation, andmore. Most of the content is submitted by members and voted on forrankings in \"best of\" lists.
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Active discussion boards span a range of topics, from Flashprogramming and politics to well, everything else under the sun.

Is it any good?

Newgrounds.com definitely lives up to its motto of having "Everything by everyone." Unfortunately, "everything" means a lot of images and conversations that many parents won't want their teens exposed to. But once kids are on this site, there's little stopping the onslaught of content -- the good, bad, and ugly -- from coming their way.

Hundreds of submissions are uploaded daily and much of it is high-quality stuff. The content is so vast inboth Flash submissions and on the forums and clubs that it's anyone'sguess what young Flash enthusiasts will come across. If Flash-lovingteens really want to view the appropriate portions of the site, parentsmay need to dig here with them to avoid the content land mines.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why excessive violence in movies, games, and images can be harmful for young viewers. Discuss what level of violence your family is comfortable with. Also, talk about the honor system. If a site says you have to be 18 to view certain features but all you have to do is click a button stating you are 18 (even if you're not) what stops you from doing so? What are some positive reasons for following such guidelines? Teen: What do you think about restrictions like that?

Website details

  • Genre: Creating
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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