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Yahoo! Answers

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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.

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.

Is it any good?

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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.

Families can talk about...

  • How the Internet has made it possible to seek out answers to virtually any question -- and receive answers almost instantly. Does this feed our desire for instant gratification? How did people find out answers before there was a computer in nearly every home?

  • Why do some people spend a good deal of time loading inappropriate answers and information into Web sites? Is this a form of bullying?

  • Why you shouldn’t always believe, trust or follow information or advice that is found on Web sites. When it comes to important issues in life, who are better people to turn to? What can these trusted people do to help make sure the Internet is a safer place for kids?

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Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 14 years old Written byKaty0 September 11, 2009

Sometimes helpful

If you're looking up a substitute for an ingredient in a recipe or something similar Yahoo! Answers is very useful. However, there is a lot of spam.
Parent Written byAstouter September 5, 2011

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
Educator and Parent Written byOURKIDSMATTER August 27, 2011

Yahoo! Answers allows assisted suicide! Please read!

DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion based on my experience over the last year. I've spent over 800hrs and witnessed both good and bad. These are my views and thoughts regarding Yahoo! Answers. I've had the opportunity over the last year or so to watch Yahoo! Answers be completely over run AGAIN (like in 2005) by those who are determined to spread lies through impersonations and misrepresentations. In the Religion and Spirituality section I have witnessed suicidal teens who have been talked out of suicide and have been helped and recovered! Lately with the overwhelming and uncontrolled increase of those who openly claim to follow Satan, Yahoo! Answers has become a safe haven and command post for acts of evil! THIS IS NO PLACE FOR CHILDREN TO BE LINGERING! YAHOO HAS BEEN NOTIFIED AND HAS REFUSED EVEN IN LIGHT OF A RECENT INCIDENT WHERE A SUICIDE WAS BEING ENCOURAGED AND BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT! THE LIFE OF A CHILD HAS BEEN LOST AND YAHOO HAS REFUSED TO TAKE NOTICE! THEY ALSO REFUSE TO IMPOSE SAFEGUARDS TO HELP PREVENT THIS FROM HAPPENING AGAIN! IT'S CRIMINAL AND UNSAFE AND PARENTS AROUND THE WORLD SHOULD REFUSE ACCESS WHENEVER POSSIBLE! Imagine if that 16 yr old was your child and Yahoo made no effort to protect against this type of assisted suicide! It's wrong, immoral, unethical and Yahoo doesn't care. Show them that you do!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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