Website review by Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Semi-social site helps users collect images for inspiration.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 33 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 86 reviews

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age 18+

Use extreme caution with this app

Parent warning to anyone with a child using this app. The algorithms on this site can lead to horrific, traumatic content on suicide, death and drug use. Stuff a person can’t unsee. And the site will keep populating that content for you once the “artificial intelligence” determines that is your interest. You will even get emails reminding you of updates to horrific content. I will take heat here for being “irresponsible” although my spouse and I try our very best. We very very nearly lost our daughter to this app. Our 13 yo daughter signed up for this during the pandemic. My only use of this site had literally been for a few recipes and home remodeling ideas. We thought it was a hobbyist site for makers to share stuff. And it is that. AND if one day your child searches for a Halloween costume based on slightly edgy but a movie we watched together “nightmare before christmas” search string a number of neat costumes come up accompanied by a number of edgier costumes including some that suggest self harm. Try this. Can’t. Make. it. up. Click on ONE of those and it opens up a new page of more and more terrible stuff on suicide, drug use, depression. And that is now top of the queue every single time you log in and no matter how many times after you search for rainbows, unicorns and abundance, the search recommendations will always have something there to draw one back into terrible content. You will even get emails reminding you to see new “pins on depression. “ As a fully formed adult, this can be hard to deal with. As a teen during a pandemic - it’s literally like handing them a loaded gun without instructions. We thought we had a handle on internet and social media content with screen time limits, content limits, search limits and communicating with our kids. We let Pinterest right in the door and it nearly cost us everything we hold dear- not hyperbole. Be as cautious with this app or even more so then anything on the internet or any other social media application.
5 people found this helpful.
age 12+
My 12 yo daughter recently asked for Pinterest. My daughter is very interested in art and fashion, and wanted to use it as inspiration for projects. There are some mixed reviews on here, saying that there are sexually explicit content and while that is true, it is very hard to find, and you must search for it specifically otherwise you will not find it. Responsibility is key in this case, and if used responsibly Pinterest is a fun useful app.

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Website Details

  • 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
  • Genre: Social Networking
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 17, 2020

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