Pinterest

Common Sense Media says

Semi-social site helps users collect images for inspiration.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some users post images with inspirational quotes and other upbeat notes.

Violence

Select boards feature images from '80s true crime magazines, crime scene photos, horror movie posters, and images and other somewhat graphic pics.

Sex

Technically, nudity isn’t allowed; users are told to report any abuses, but searches for subjects like "Playboy" and "porn" turn up a number of photos featuring nudity and/or sexual situations.

Language

The site’s Pin Etiquette policy encourages users to "be respectful in your comments and conversations." However, there's no language filter. Although many posts appear to be clean, it's possible to use words like "f--king" when posting an image description.

Consumerism

Because users pull images from other websites, product shots (and references to specific products) are very common. ("Products" is actually a category choice to identify boards you create.)

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

User-submitted content includes some alcohol and cigarette company ads and humor-themed drug images (such as a poster who says "Remember kids, if a stranger offers you drugs … say thank you, because drugs are expensive").

Privacy & safety

If your Facebook or Twitter account includes your first and last name, other users will be able to see it on your Pinterest profile.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that to join, users must be invited by another Pinterest member -- or request an invitation through the site. When registering, you have to sign up using a Facebook or Twitter account; the site says it’s to cut spam and make finding friends easier, and you control whether or not your Pinterest posts appear on other social networking sites. You can also unlink your Pinterest and Facebook or Twitter account after registering.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • painting
  • photography

Hobbies

  • fashion
  • sports

Skills

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • making new creations

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • evaluating media messages
  • social media

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Users seem to repin more than they comment, which doesn't make the experience very social. Still, many of the user-created boards provide hairstyle, craft, and other ideas, and it's a great way to keep track of your favorite fashion looks.

Learning Approach

Boards are image based and offer limited information, although text-based informational images (or infographics) can be found on many topics. Users can post brief descriptions, which may include relevant facts.

Support

Links to additional information are hit or miss.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • painting
  • photography

Hobbies

  • fashion
  • sports

Skills

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • making new creations

Communication

  • conveying messages effectively
  • multiple forms of expression

Tech Skills

  • evaluating media messages
  • social media

Kids can learn snippets about science, sewing, and other topics via user-created bulletin boards featuring images from other sites. However, the brief photo descriptions don't usually include much, if any, background info. Some topics (DIY & Crafts, Science & Nature) have more informative posts than others (Apparel).  Links to additional information are hit-or-miss. Pinterest is good a way to express yourself by organizing and sharing what you find on the web that inspires you. Most boards have photos that are interesting and inspirational but not very informative.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Brereton

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Pinterest offers fashion fans -- and art, car, and other enthusiasts -- a chance to fawn over their favorite items. Users can easily grab and add photos from other sites to a customized bulletin board; they can also post comments on photos other users have picked. You won’t find as many back-and-forth conversations as on Facebook, or much background on the items users post: People use Pinterest to showcase stuff they like. However, if you’re looking for new looks, hobbies, or activities to try, Pinterest may provide some creative inspiration.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

PINTEREST makes it easy to categorize clothes, accessories, art, and other items you find interesting. Just add the “Pin It” button to your bookmarks bar and click on it to add any website image you like to one of your boards. Users categorize their Pinterest boards by topic -- such as fitness or food and drink. That makes it easy to search for other users with similar tastes; you can repin their picks or post comments about them.

However, Pinterest feels less interactive than Facebook or Twitter; users seem to repin more than they comment, which doesn't make the experience very social. Still, many of the user-created boards provide hairstyle, craft, and other ideas, and Pinterest is a great way to keep track of your favorite fashion looks. But be aware that all the usual social networking privacy concerns apply. You can limit who posts images to your boards; but if the Facebook or Twitter account you register with includes a photo and your full name, users will view your favorite pics on Pinterest -- and your identity.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why you might not want all users on a new website that you just registered for to be able to access your profile and other information -- even if someone you know invited you to join the site. What items could you remove or hide on your site profile to make the experience safer?

  • What kinds of images are OK to share on boards or profiles other users can see? Should you post pictures of you and your friends? What images shouldn't you post?

  • Sites like Pinterest and Facebook offer a way to express yourself -- but what kind of comments would you not want to post on a site where all users could potentially see it? How can you change your privacy settings to make sure only the right people have access to the thoughts you share?

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Teen, 13 years old Written byspenguin November 10, 2012
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11
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Amazing Website

Pinterest is my favorite website and i go on everyday! The website is good for kids if they do not follow pinners who say bad words. I have been a member for about a year and I think it is very safe.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Parent of a 10 and 12 year old Written bymmpj August 10, 2012
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15
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Mixed Bag

My daughter wanted to join. (ToS say 13, though they didn't ask for a birthday). I created my own account to check it out, and did so with an email address (the review says only Twitter/Facebook; that no longer applies). Then the site asked me to go through and select 5 pictures that interested me. There were lots of pics that would be fine for kids, but also references to gay porn and sex, lots of cursing, references to alcohol being a savior of sorts/being drunk, scantily clad women/men, and negative messages. I have no problem with adults seeing this stuff, but it made me think that my daughter shouldn't have access. She wants it for crafts and fashion, and I could just select the beginning interests for her when she registers, but if the stuff she's shown when she opens the site is inappropriate (as I saw when I opened the home page, and I chose nature pics and science content), I worry about her seeing it. My original concern was the social aspect, but I think the site has too much adult-oriented material for most young adolescents. I'm going to play with the site more, but so far I'm not ready to give it a green light.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 9 years old August 24, 2012
AGE
9
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

not for 9&under

i recently joined and i love it.so far ive only seen one use of the ''f'' word.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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