A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn how some publications write in a specific voice (in this case, sarcasm), may find out about current events, topics. Written content offers reading practice; articles have same structure as legit news stories, so they can serve as a starting point to discuss journalism, news writing. Video clips can be used to illustrate ways to tell a story using images.
Although site's news articles are more funny than factual, format may help show kids it's important to be informed about current events, newsworthy subjects.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A video features illustrations of two people having sex, some articles poke fun at amount of sex Americans have, safe sex, other topics.
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Some headlines, articles include words like "f--k," "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
Ads are on homepage, other pages; videos preceded by ads, companies sponsor some content. An online store section also sells branded merchandise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Articles mention -- mostly to poke fun at, occasionally to make light of -- drinking, being drunk, drug use, smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Onion is a satirical news site focused on current events. While there's a tongue-in-cheek approach to subjects ranging from heroin and marijuana use to talking to your child about sex, there's also a degree of mature content included with pieces, like profanity in headlines or videos with some sexual illustrations. As a result, many parents could feel that some content isn't appropriate for younger kids. Kids can also be exposed to a large number of ads before videos, company sponsored content, and a store promoting Onion-branded gear.
Is It Any Good?
Readers will enjoy scrolling through this humorous website's treasure trove of humorous articles, although its meant for a mature audience. With headlines that mock public figures, suggest mutant creatures are living in theme park rides, and poke fun at common behaviors, there's plenty to draw them in and keep them coming back for more in the future. The site doesn't post violent photos, or anything sexual that's not for laughs; that said, parents may still not be comfortable with kids seeing all of its content -- whether it's in jest or not -- particularly if their children are young.
Supervising the content kids click on wouldn't be a bad idea; parents won't have to worry, though, that unescorted kids will end up on YouTube or another site with free-for-all content because The Onion's videos are hosted on its site and aren't linked to an exterior page. In addition, The Onion's site doesn't offer chat capabilities or the chance to create a profile and post comments, removing the risk kids will talk to people they don't know.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.