A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this TeenNick-owned site has content that runs the gamut from tame and sweet to dark and disturbing. Among the user-submitted polls, stories, poetry, and fan fiction, there's some sexually explicit fare, violence, and objectionable language. And finding it is easy using keyword searches (including the seemingly innocuous tag "lemon," which is really an anime code word for sex). Although the site says "excessive swearing and sexually explicit content are not allowed on Quizilla, period," moderators don't catch everything.
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What's it about?
QUIZILLA offers a creative outlet for teens to generate quizzes, stories, poems, and more. The subjects are heavy on the pop culture side, with a smattering of anime, fantasy, and dragons thrown in for good measure. Site visitors rate the user-submitted content, so it's easy to find the most popular and highest-rated material. You can also find topical content based on the \"tags\" (subject headings) teens assign to their submissions. The site is free, but you have to be at least 13 and must be a member to create content of your own. Members can also have their own online profiles and journals and are able to contact others. A site aimed at teens is never going to be all sweetness and light, and though there are clearly stated rules for posting and a long list of what's unacceptable, some objectionable content (violence, sex, profanity) makes it past the moderators.
Is it any good?
Quizilla can be a great way for older teens to share their perspective in a variety of ways. It offers a creative forum for original creations while receiving feedback. Despite the site's best efforts to control it, users can readily find some objectionable content that is violent, overly sexual, and full of expletives. Parents concerned with what their teens are reading or submitting should regularly monitor their use and discuss what is and isn't appropriate. QUIZILLA in theory is an interesting and creative place to hang, but it can have a dark side.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the pros and cons of posting user-created content. Why is it important to consider the future implications of what you post today, and how can older teens ensure that they protect themselves online?
Families can also talk about questionable content posted on the Internet. What kinds of things posted on the Internet might be inappropriate for kids or considered offensive?