Yahoo! Answers

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Conny Coon, Common Sense Media
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Unfiltered, unfettered answers require a huge grain of salt.
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Parents say

age 14+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 42 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult 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 w... Continue reading
Adult 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... Continue reading
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.
Kid, 11 years old November 30, 2012

Funny

I love this! o_o This is not for kids under 6. It's funny because of trolls... xD

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids 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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