Yahoo! Kids

Website review by
Karen Wirsing, Common Sense Media
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Mostly tame entertainment portal has iffy off-site links.
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Parents say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 33 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Encourages kids to be well-rounded and knowledgeable.

 

Violence & Scariness

Some movie trailers might be dark and scary for young kids. Headline news content may include photos of uncomfortable topics such as war, death, and/or destruction happening in the world. 

Sexy Stuff

Music videos may include men and women wearing skimpy clothing or couples kissing.

Language

Mild swear words like "damn" appear in song lyrics in the video section.

Consumerism

Ads are in designated areas, but feature iffy things such as sugary snacks. Many of the games, videos, and more feature commercial brands. Some ecards and games are sponsored.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Yahoo! Kids -- formerly known as Yahooligans -- is Yahoo's answer to an online world for kids. Ads here are relatively tame: in designated areas and with only some pop-ups (although sugary snack ads top the list). Full-length music videos and television shorts are available, with no violence or nudity found. Some movie trailers are dark and could be scary for young kids. The site's fun educational tools include an easy-to-use encyclopedia, animal glossaries, a conversion calculator, as well as the news hub. All of the sections provide an additional list of related online resources that link to an outside Yahoo directory (in the jokes section, for example, Garfield, Will Farrell, surveys, trivia, and humor are listed in a table) -- so with one click you could be off the site and into less kid-friendly territory.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written byObed July 17, 2010
My son loves it he can be himself......
Parent of a 1, 3, 4, 6, 6, and 12 year old Written byResponsibleParentOf9 June 23, 2013

ENTER....TAINMENT?

I knew this was not for kids the second I read "entertainment".
Kid, 11 years old October 15, 2010
Teen, 14 years old Written bylildemi January 17, 2011

What's it about?

There are several components of KIDS.YAHOO.COM worth noting: An array of free ECards; the Jokes area, where kids can look up jokes by subject; the Ask Earl section, where kids can get answers to some real questions; and the study tools in the StudyZone. Also, click on the News tab to scroll through photo slide shows of Entertainment, Top Stories, Animal News, Grab Bag, Sports, and Science and Nature categories. Games are plentiful, though most of them are just average. The Movies library provides trailers and very digestible information on a slew of flicks. The TV section offers clips of a handful of older shows. And the Music area has a music library where you can learn about your favorite artist and watch video clips.

Is it any good?

This site is Yahoo's answer to kids' content on the web. Though the ads are consistently promoting sugary snacks, their placement and approach is relatively tame and unobtrusive. Kids can, however, click on the "related links" in each section to leave the site, which can lead them to iffy material.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the "Ask Earl" section. Can you think of some questions you'd like to post there?

  • Families can also visit the "Learn Internet Safety" section and discuss how to stay safe online.

Website details

  • Genre: Gaming
  • Pricing structure: Free

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