A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn to formulate engaging questions through trial and error; for example, avoiding "yes" or "no" questions to get more detailed responses, or bringing up high interest, hot topics. Applying to be an ambassador and working through the flag levels within an active community will also give young adults a feeling of respectability, responsibility, and accomplishment. Spring.me is a social media experience that's best enjoyed by mature teens with the tools to navigate its sometimes questionable content.
Giving users a forum to ask and answer questions can be powerful.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Explicit and kid-inappropriate sexual content is easy to find if you're looking for it.
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There's no filter for swear words or inappropriate language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Questions and answers about drugs are also easy to find.
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Parents Need to Know
Spring.me is the next generation of Formspring, an "ask me anything" site that allowed anonymous questions and comments and created lots of opportunities for bullying and negative behavior. This incarnation seems to be slightly more positive but still opens doors to inappropriate and possibly harmful activity for kids. While users can report content in a few different categories and choose from a pretty decent range of access control settings, mature content is definitely present.
Is It Any Good?
"Springers" find fun, connections, and a place to express themselves be it wit, music videos, viral memes, cynicism, praise, frustrations, drug use, hooks ups, or sexuality. The Spring.me blog explains how to apply to be a special status ambassador working through a 10-flag hierarchy earning perks and rising to the level of King or Queen of Springdom -- all of which seems like a good way to get users to welcome newbies, stay positive, fill in a complete profile, and login regularly.
Is it safe for kids? It depends. Most users appear to be in their twenties but there's a good number of younger subscribers as well. Question askers and responders do not self-censor with the idea that minors are privy to their candid tone; however, the ability to report and block users and content seems very accessible. Still, there's no guarantee that kids won't see or read some pretty explicit stuff, and as with most anonymous apps and sites, the potential for bullying and inappropriate content is rife.
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