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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
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.
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, Social Studies: cultural understanding, Arts: film, music
- Skills: Emotional Development: perspective taking, Tech Skills: evaluating media messages
- Genre: Educational
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: November 5, 2015
Our Editors Recommend
Slightly sensationalistic news, social networking.
News site with good intentions but some iffy content.
News for teens by teens, with access to adult topics.
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