A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn self-expression, discussion, and research skills. An educator-specific version of the site lets classrooms collectively post items, which provides teamwork experience. Parents will need to fill in some of the gaps; kids can use Scoop.it to create an ongoing virtual publication, but there's little information, for example, on how to select strong content or identify legit sources. With guidance and a little oversight, Scoop.it can provide a dual lesson in effective communication and virtually any topic kids would like to know more about.
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.
Violence & Scariness
Users have to search for them but can find gory photos of war-related beheadings, dead animals, and other graphic images.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids are encouraged to register for the Scoop.it 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.
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 Scoop.it 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.
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