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By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Light take on social issues may be too mature for some kids.

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UPWORTHY bills itself as "social media with a mission" -- you'll have to provide the social media part, though, because the site primarily offers a static experience. Users can't comment on posts, and they can't upload items of their own. They can, however -- and are encouraged to -- share Upworthy posts on their Facebook, Twitter, and other pages.

The site has received some flak for its unconventional headlines. Some are clever and quirky; others sound a bit cumbersome. (For example, "Most pregnant women know what they need to bring to the hospital. Doris' list had something extra.") But you can't really blame the site for trying to grab readers' attention, and once you've been drawn into an item, the editors do a pretty good job of breaking the subject matter down with text, images, videos, and other elements.

You won't find totally impartial news coverage on the site; it doesn't tackle every current events topic, and posts often feature a pretty clear position, which some parents may not be completely comfortable with. Upworthy wasn't created for kids, and, as a result, some items also contain some adults-only elements, such as nudity (in videos about body image) or swearing (in headlines). With a little supervision, however, parents may be able to use the site to help explain some of today's most talked-about social issues -- Upworthy provides just enough information and visuals to get kids up-to-date on most of the topics it covers.

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