Kids can find dozens of how-to guides on the site on a variety of topics. The team behind wikiHow says it has worked in recent years with content managers, more than 1,000 subject matter experts in various fields, and 30 nonprofit organizations -- ranging from doctors to organizations like the United Nations -- to ensure that the site provides accurate, trustworthy content based on well-established research. Some articles are marked with a green checkmark and the word "expert" to indicate they've been reviewed, and many contain a brief author bio at the end. The developer also says some "silly or inaccurate" content has been moved to other site domains, such as wikihow-fun.com., and the homepage has been reprioritized to include information on actionable ways parents, kids, and everyday users can learn how to navigate the web safely and spot misinformation.
There's definitely some more reliable content now on the site -- but kids can also still come across information that's a bit dicey. Some items touch on subject matter that isn't ideal for a young audience -- topics like "How to Get Drunk Fast," "How to Have Sex Appeal," and "How to Pass a Drug Test on Short Notice," for instance, probably aren't ideal for kids. A number of articles feature clearly written instructions and visuals, and users can post questions, if they have any, to obtain more information. Not every article has been reviewed, though, by an expert. In addition, although the information in many items comes from legitimate publications and organizations, some still refer to more questionable sources. One of the citations in an article about how to get dimples naturally, for example -- which includes somewhat dubious tips such as pressing an indentation into your cheek with a pencil -- references a post an unnamed user made on a message board-type website. Parents may want to have a conversation with kids before they use the site, to explain how to gauge which items are more factual than others -- and then surf wikiHow together to ensure kids don't stumble onto any material that's strictly meant for a mature audience.