Uproxx

Website review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Kids have little to gain from news site's salacious posts.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about some current events and practice reading skills. If they register and post comments, they'll also get a chance to express themselves and work on their communication capabilities. The site covers some current events, but content isn't really news-focused, and a fair amount has a lot of shock value. It's unlikely parents will want Uproxx to serve as their child's main news source. With additional learning activities and more classroom-based topics, kids might be able to get more out of the site. Though it's clearly focused more on entertainment, Uproxx still can offer some enjoyable content about current events.

Positive Messages

Users can express themselves in comments; some posts praise inventions, other innovations.

Violence

Crime stories feature gruesome details but not many images.

Sex

A fair number of posts touch on sex, although full nudity is rarely shown.

 

Language

Some comments contain words such as "s--t," but profanity censored in headlines.

Consumerism

The site's home page, internal pages are filled with ads.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drugs are mentioned, but in a mostly (although not always) critical way.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Uproxx is a pop culture-centric news website. You don't have to register to read items on the site, but you'll need an account to post comments. You can either sign up using your Facebook or Twitter account, or you can create an account by entering an email address, a password, and a username that'll appear on the site. If kids sign up for an account, parents can change their settings to block direct messages from other users, although any users can click on someone's account icon to view personal information. Drug content is mentioned, although usually in a critical manner, and though there's some violent content described, there aren't many gruesome images. There's also quite a lot of sex talked about but very few images involving nudity. Though there isn't profanity in headlines or many stories, the comments section can have lots of obscene comments from users, and readers will face a barrage of ads on every article and page of the site.

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What's it about?

UPROXX offers a pop culture-centric news feed featuring posts that range from Miley Cyrus showing nudity on Instagram to a U.S. senator being laughed at because his ringtone was a song from Frozen. The content, written in a conversational, sometimes cheeky tone, is filed under seven major headers: culture, TV, movies, tech, music, sports, geek, and sci-fi (which contains more information about superheroes than actual science). Posts include a mix of somewhat informative and somewhat randy reading. Registered users can post and reply to comments.

Is it any good?

Kids will find posts about celebrities, movies, zany videos, and shocking crime stories on Uproxx -- and parents may wish they hadn't. The site doesn't feature explicit nudity or ultra-violent video clips or a lot of swearing (in posts, anyway; comments can be a different story). Some of the content, however, isn't kid-friendly. A post on a mother having sex with her teenage daughter's boyfriend, for example, focuses on the facts of the crime she was charged with, but it's not something kids necessarily need to know about. User comments also can get a bit NSFW -- and simply inappropriate (users often joke about crimes that are covered on the site).

Since many of the crime articles feature a fair amount of detail (no matter how horrific the act) and much of the other content focuses on more for-fun topics (such as gossip about actors and singers), Uproxx isn't likely to serve as a solid news source. Kids would be better off checking out a current events-based site to find out what's happening in the world.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how news is covered. What makes the topics on the site important? Did your child learn about anything new on the site?

  • Discuss how kids can communicate their reactions to a subject in a positive way. What wording might they want to avoid so they don't sound accusatory?

  • Talk about expressing an opinion about a topic. Can your child identify some words that indicate a post leans toward one side of an issue? Compare a post to a newspaper article and talk about the difference between editorials and impartial articles.

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