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Kids'll appreciate the freedom to compile info they're interested in -- they could fill a page with Harry Potter Lego news as well as a page on global warming updates.


Users have to search for them but can find gory photos of war-related beheadings, dead animals, and other graphic images.


Search using the word "sex," and you'll find pages with updates on topics like sex addiction, how to have a better sex life, and sex work.


Although it doesn't appear to be the norm, users can swear in comments, and some have added topics with names like Weird S--t, Fierce B---h, and F--k Yeah.


The site was designed for businesses to promote their products. Depending on what topics they follow, kids may see product-related posts.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A few users have created pro-drug pages.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids are encouraged to register for the content publishing platform site using their Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn account. They can also submit their name and e-mail address and click on a verification link to sign up. You may want to periodically check to see what items your kid is following on the site. Because content suggestions come from sources like YouTube, Facebook, and other users, there's a chance kids may be exposed to iffy content that's loosely related to the topics they follow. (Although many lead to news reports, a few link suggestions for even seemingly-safe topics like education include headlines like "Forced to Masturbate for College Class?") However, ensuring that your child isn't regularly receiving updates on racy topics should eliminate much of the risk.

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What's it about?

The publishing platform lets users compile and share items in a format that looks like the front page of a newspaper. Create a topic listing, post subject-related news and other items, then share it with other site users or on social media sites. A basic membership is free; a Pro membership, which provides extra formatting options, costs $12.99 a month; a monthly business premium membership is $79, and educators pay $6.99 a month to create an information center their classroom can contribute to.

Is it any good?


SCOOP.IT makes it easy for users to compile news and stay current on specific topics by following what other users post. Essentially, you create a constantly updated online informational source on a subject. To help, the site provides content suggestions from reputable outlets like Google News and ones that contain a mix of quality and questionable information, like YouTube. Most of the site content is news-related, yet kids may come across dubious, unrelated items. But has several selling points: It's fairly easy to use, encourages kids to explore topics, and provides them with a chance to share their opinion and communicate with other users. You may, however, want to supervise your child's time on the site and work together on posts to ensure your child has a safe, effective learning experience.

Families can talk about...

  • Talk about how presentation affects the message you're trying to deliver. Why might sending news items in a well-designed, colorful e-mail have more of an impact than just e-mailing a link to someone? Is it easier to explain a topic if you include both pictures and words?

  • was designed to help individuals and businesses market themselves. Why do companies want to promote what they offer or sell?

  • What methods do companies use to promote their products to buyers? Does seeing a commercial make your child want a toy or other item more?

Website details

Subjects:Language & Reading: discussion, presenting to others
Social Studies: events, exploration
Skills:Communication: conveying messages effectively, presenting
Tech Skills: evaluating media messages, social media
Emotional Development: perspective taking
Genre:Social Networking
Pricing structure:Free

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