What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that teens register for this user-submitted question and answer site using Facebook, Twitter, or Google or by confirming a verification email. After registering, users select five subject areas to regularly follow; choices range from business to dating. Parents will most likely want to discuss teens' profile settings to ensure all site activity remains private. Teens can also block messages and post comments from strangers.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- reading comprehension
- cultural understanding
- meeting challenges together
- respecting other viewpoints
- using and applying technology
- social media
Engagement, Approach, Support
Teens will love being able to find questions and answers about a huge variety of topics. Parents and teachers may not be as thrilled to have them viewing the site's racier, unscreened posts.
This Q&A site covers a lot of ground, but because users provide both the questions and responses, the quality of info varies. Kids may have a hard time judging fact from fiction, and not all topics on the site have academic value.
Users can track site activity and get notifications when people respond to questions. But some of the basic site instruction comes from people responding to questions about using Quora, so help isn't always easy to understand or find.
What's it about?
QUORA is a community-based Q&A site. Users post questions on essentially any topic they're curious about, and other users provide the response. During registration, users are asked to identify five areas of interest to follow on a regular basis. Choices include a variety of subjects: everything from business to writing to history and dating. Registered users can post or respond to questions, post reviews, or add a blog about a topic. They can also follow other users and send them messages through the site.
Is it any good?
Most of Quora's content is submitted by users; they even wrote much of the site's basic FAQ information. There's no regular screening process in place to confirm all information posted on the site is correct, and the site relies on users to designate helpful responses. That system doesn't always provide the best level of quality, and it can make finding a complete, accurate answer complicated at times.
But Quora does have some selling points: Its format gives users a chance to learn about a wide variety of topics (according to Quora, there are currently posts about more than 250,000), and some authoritative sources post responses, according to Quora -- including CEOs and journalists. Quora can be a place for people to pose simple questions and share personal experiences. However, parents may want to let kids know that some things they read on the site may not be factual.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about evaluating user-submitted information. How can you tell if a response that someone posted on a website is accurate?
How many sources should you check to make sure a piece of information is true? What words or phrases might indicate that an item is someone's opinion, instead of being a fact?
What's the best way to respond if someone posts a sarcastic or unfriendly response to your question? Should you reply to that user's post at all?