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A Lot or a Little?
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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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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."
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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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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