Yahoo! Answers

Common Sense Media says

Unfiltered, unfettered answers require a huge grain of salt.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Aside from a occasional cranky rants, most of the users are trying to be helpful. The overall message is that being inquisitive is a good thing, but the variety of unsubstantiated "answers" means you can't believe everything you read.

Violence

Questions and answers about violence run the gamut from the effects of videogame violence to musings on why people physically abuse others.

Sex

Plenty of questions about sex, but nothing pornographic.

Language

Asterisks are used in place of swear words.

Consumerism

The site seems to be more advertising than advice. Both questions and answers are keyed to advertising topics, so if you ask a question about eyeglasses, the stie serves ads for LensCrafters and other optical shops.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Every so often, there are questions about illegal drugs and illegal practices like how to obtain pharmaceuticals without a prescription.

Privacy & safety

To ask or answer questions you have to register by choosing a nickname, creating a unique profile, and uploading an optional photo. You can keep your identity anonymous, but the site encourages users to become experts in their areas of knowledge.

 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this free informational site offers up answers to virtually any question imaginable but is an iffy place for young kids to explore without supervision. The self-proclaimed “world’s biggest think tank” lets visitors ask questions and registered users volunteer their advice and answers. Though the questions and answers are divided into easy-to-peruse categories, there is an array of topics that are accessible to anyone choosing to browse.

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Yahoo! Answers certainly doesn’t have all the answers, but it’s a decent place to start if you’re an adult looking for practical information such as how to wash jeans without shrinking them … or tricks to making meringue. Ask virtually anything, and there’s an answer for it.  But those few who choose to ask or answer dubious questions about sex, drugs, or violent behaviors turn this site into a not-so-safe place for kids. Just like the worldwide Web itself, there’s some useful information to discover, but there’s also a lot of questionable fare to wade through.

Online interaction: Sometimes the answers are misguided, angry diatribes posted by people who just want to stir up trouble. Certain categories have more of this type of commentary than others.

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Genre:Social Networking
Pricing structure:Free

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Written byAnonymous September 6, 2010
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14
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Mature Teens, but absolutely no one younger than 13.

Some users post inappropriate answers. Some are mean for no reason or for expressing your opinion. They're called trolls. Sometimes trolls post really rude questions, and are reported by the answers community. There are some users who honestly want to help and give great answers though.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Educational value
Parent Written byAstouter September 5, 2011
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Would not recommend for kids

If you're looking for answers, this might not be the best place for it for the following reasons, especially for kids: 1. The site is overrun with users who give unhelpful, insulting, or inappropriate answers. 2. The site has a system that allows users to report any question or answer they deem inappropriate or against the site's rules. Unfortunately, this system is constantly abused by users who report innocent questions and answers to upset other users. As a result, many good, valid questions that don't break the rules end up getting deleted every day, which frustrates other users all the time. 3. Although swearing is censored, some users have found ways to bypass this. 4. Some questions and answers contain subject matter that you would not want your kid to read or know about. The site can be helpful sometimes, but I really wouldn't let your kid go near this place if I were you.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Adult Written byDrDreVEVO April 2, 2011
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Let Your KIds Use Yahoo Answers

It's like answers.com but it is yahoo answers i use it all the time and i get the rigth information all the time when i was in middle school i did a report and it was based mostely on yahoo anwsers so lest your kids use yahoo answers
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Adult Written byGelato October 18, 2010
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Not recommended

Yahoo! Answers have posters who sign on with numerous ID's and post trash & spam. The entire admin. department believe they are so in control and frankly are terribly bigheaded. They really do not know anything that goes on. For instance, any poster can tag someone's post as abusive and the Yahoo! admins. will automatically penalise the poster with the supposed abusive message unless said poster can prove to them it's not. The admins., therefore, do not truly investigate a post as being abusive unless the accused protests. Yet they make everyone feel that they're so important. If you question them they either feel they want to reply or they will just ignore your questions. This is truly unprofessional, in my opinion, because I'm a participant on other website forums where the admins. do not act like a brainless, bigheaded God as they do at Yahoo! Answers. Thus, I do not recommend this website for any age group!

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