Parents' Guide to


By Leslie Crenna, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Teen writers hone craft, get feedback; watch privacy.

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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 96 parent reviews

age 10+

Great for mature kids

It's a very nice place to read, I write and read. Yes, there are smut stories, but those can be easily avoided. Also, those are nothing that can't be monitored or anything they won't hear in middle/highschool hallways.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Easy to play/use
4 people found this helpful.
age 17+

Inappropriate for teens at least under 16

Parents need to k ow that BDSM content is available on this website. Children aged 12 should not be allowed to use this app or website. It’s completely inappropriate and it’s pornography.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
3 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (96):
Kids say (247):

As a platform for young adult writers to hone their writing skills, develop readership, and even move toward a career in writing, Wattpad is awesome. Its basic tools let kids save, edit, and publish with ease and are topped off with fun features such as dedications, links to book trailer videos, and the ability to upload covers. Help for newbies comes in the form of specialty clubs including Improve Your Writing and Multimedia Designs, although some more concrete writing resources would be a nice addition.

The downsides to giving kids free reign are obvious -- loosely monitored commenting from users of all ages, for starters. There's a "three strikes" policy for repeat offenders, but you'll want to keep an eye on both what your kids are publishing and reading as well as who's reading their work. Although some writing is really polished and just waiting to be picked up by a book publisher, there's a lot of rambling sludge starring pop stars such as Justin Bieber (and more One Direction fan fic than you could ever, ever imagine). In addition, the site's Wattpad Stars program, launched in 2015, claims to offer top writers opportunities to get exposure, and potentially get published -- which it might. It also has a strong commercial component, though; companies can commission Wattpad Stars to write stories that support their brand goals. Still, despite the advertorial-sounding addition and the lack of content monitoring, Wattpad's value lies exactly in the fact it so clearly belongs to the teens, who are actively reading and writing what they love -- and that's encouraging.

Website Details

  • Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others, storytelling, text analysis, writing, writing clearly
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, thinking critically, Creativity: brainstorming, combining knowledge, imagination, producing new content, Self-Direction: achieving goals, effort, initiative, personal growth, work to achieve goals, Emotional Development: developing resilience, empathy, handling stress, persevering, Communication: listening, presenting, Collaboration: group projects, meeting challenges together
  • Genre: Creating
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: October 10, 2018

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