Newgrounds

Common Sense Media says

Graphic Flash portal strictly for fans and older teens.

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What parents need to know

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.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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

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Teen, 16 years old Written bySubterranianHom... October 3, 2010
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14
QUALITY
 

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 rated E are pretty much equivalent to G and mild PG movies- and there is some GREAT stuff on there- wonderful animation most of the time and it is often the breeding ground for many youtube sensations. The same goes for the art section. The music part of Newgrounds is slightly less safe because there's no censored lyrics and no warning of them- but usually there are none, much of the music is great, and all of it is free for download and totally legal.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Adult Written bytwistofcain August 20, 2009
AGE
14
QUALITY
 
some really funny stuff
Adult Written byPickle Mc Psycho July 8, 2009
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

Everything by everyone

Everything for everyone. I let my 6 year old browse it.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages

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