A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn to improve their research skills; they'll refine searches and narrow down exactly what they want their paper to contain. They'll also learn lots of details on whatever subject they want, whether it's archaeology, soccer, or One Direction. Although Paper.li isn't your average newspaper, it does give kids some idea of how traditional journalism works, and curating content works in a similar way to how many online publications now function. Paper.li can be helpful for kids who really want to keep up on a particular subject, but it's a bit finicky and requires a lot of adjustments to give you the content you're seeking.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Searches for "sex," "porn," and related subjects resulted in an abundance of papers on the topics, and, if users want to, they can even tailor their own papers to search the Web daily for any taboo subjects they like.
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Since Paper.li pulls its content from the Web, there's no way to prevent the appearance of profanity. If kids choose their sources well, however, they can create a paper that reflects mainstream media's general obscenity rules.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are papers on cocktail and marijuana culture, but they don't make up the bulk of the site's content.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Paper.li is an online platform that lets users create their own newspaper made up of content found on the Web. As with many of these online newspaper/magazine creators, there's a lot of inappropriate content floating around. Popular papers include "The Model XCams Daily," and a search for "sex" brings up lots of graphic imagery.
Is It Any Good?
Although Paper.li isn't your average newspaper, it can give kids some idea of how traditional journalism works, and curating content works in a similar way to how many online publications now function. Paper.li may be helpful for kids who really want to keep up on a particular subject, but the site can be a bit finicky and requires a lot of adjustment to produce the right content.
Overall, it's a novel and interesting way for kids to gather and curate informaiton on the Web. However, the "Staff Picks" are kind of odd; are "Equestrian Express" and "NCIS Fanatic" really the best examples Paper.li has to offer? You also have to be careful about which sources you choose, as your paper will continue to draw from those sites even if their scopes change. A site may have an article on Harry Potter one day, but the next day it may have an article on something entirely different -- your paper doesn't know the difference and will populate with whatever content is new.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.