Parents' Guide to

Symbaloo

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this website.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Only what you put in

While this site has the potential to be good, it really depends on who is entering the links. It can either be useful or a waste of time if the links are not educationally sound.

Is It Any Good?

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Essentially, Symbaloo is a more picturesque version of a URL bookmark list. As a way to compile information from the Web, its tile-based layout works just fine. But for kid users, it may not be the best place to aggregate content. On one hand, looking at various websites can provide kids with reading practice, and, if they share links with friends, they also could potentially get communication experience. But Symbaloo doesn't offer much instruction or guidance in those areas; the site's educational value likely will depend on the links kids select.

Kids can use Symbaloo to compile bookmarked sites in one, browser-accessible location, instead of having to transfer bookmarks to several devices. This convenience factor might be a big selling point for young users; however, parents may not be so thrilled about how easily kids can access inappropriate images. Search publicly posted webmixes with a keyword such as "sex," and you'll be able to find pages that link to sites with nude photos. Some pages also support drug legalization, smoking, and drinking.

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