Pinterest may not be the popular social media app that kids love these days, but it is a great alternative. While Pinterest isn’t as well-known among teens as Instagram, it is still very popular with kids and teens. are It is still there. Pinterest is not as safe as you think. This article will help you determine if Pinterest is safe to use with your children, what dangers it could pose, and how you as a parent can prevent them from happening.
Pinterest It is a photo/video-sharing app that was founded in 2010. Users can create pinboards and pin content they like to them. Pinterest has many tutorials and DIYs that can inspire and educate. It can also boost creativity and encourage imagination.
Pinterest requires that users be at least 13 years old to create an account. However, many parents find this harmless and allow younger children to use it.It is most popular with people over fifty, and it is much more popular with women. It is used by a small number of children under 18 years old, but these are not included in the statistics due to their inability to sign up (due to being under twelve).
You can select from a number of major categories on Pinterest. Then, you can break them down into smaller subcategories using what Pinterest calls “interests”. Pinterest offers users the option to browse further content using their views and pins.These are the ten most-pinned categories:
- Home decor
- DIY and crafts
- Women’s fashion
- Food & drinks
- Event planning
These subjects are not necessarily the ones parents may be concerned about, as you can see. Consider this though: Pinterest is most popular among women over 50. It is a very small demographic that includes young children. Therefore, what they search for will not be in the top categories. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t searching for it.
Pinterest’s Dangers for Children
You might think Pinterest is safe for you, as a parent. But that could be a lie. We will discuss some of the dangers Pinterest presents for your child in the following paragraphs.
Pinterest filters a lot of mature content, but it still has plenty of mature content for curious eyes. However, your child may still be able to access inappropriate content if they are able to identify what to search for. You should not let your child use Pinterest to get inappropriate content. Pinterest algorithms will show your child similar items if they search for it.Here are some examples of mature content that you can find on Pinterest for your child:
Porn & Nudity
Pinterest will not show results if you search for the most porn or nudity keywords. The app still allows you to search for soft porn or partial nudity. Pinterest will filter more explicit results, but search results can still show words that are commonly used by young people on the same topic.This could mean that Pinterest doesn’t know these keywords, so it hasn’t filter them, or that it allows them to slip through. Whatever the reason, your child can see inappropriate content on porn or nudity if he/she is curious enough to do a thorough search. Let’s face facts, most children are.
In the past, your child would search for self-harm keywords like suicide, drug use and eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia). They would see graphic results from Pinterest on the subject.One parent Common Sense Media Her 13-year-old daughter claimed that she found more violent content while searching for Halloween costumes. This was because her parents believed Pinterest contained only safe instructions and recipes and didn’t have parental controls. Her daughter’s Pinterest account was filled with self-harm ideas and pictures, according to the parent. She even sent reminder emails reminding her that she hadn’t looked at keywords like “depression” for a while.Pinterest has been taking firm steps to prevent people from seeing these themes in search results. It now displays a message with a number for users to call. This is a positive step on Pinterest’s behalf to not encourage these thoughts and behaviors. They are responsible for listening to people and responding appropriately.Despite this, Pinterest might still show results for your child using keywords that Pinterest doesn’t filter. You may be aware that kids can invent other names for things they don’t want to talk about. We recommend that you regularly check your child’s Pinterest feed to prevent them from creating such problems.
Memes & Age-inappropriate Humor
While Pinterest filters a lot of mature content, children can still find memes and other funny content that is inappropriate for their age. Pinterest is full of dark humor. There are jokes your child might not be able to understand or appreciate. It’s important to monitor their feeds so that they don’t see such memes.
Pinboard comments may contain offensive words or insults by some users. Pinterest blocks some comments but not all. You might be sensitive about the hearing of your child or use foul language.
Redirecting other Websites
Many times, Pinterest search results will redirect your child to third party websites that might contain inappropriate content. Your child might be exposed to inappropriate subject matter by following one thing to the next.
Pinterest makes all accounts public. Your child cannot have a private account on Pinterest, and anyone can follow them. This allows child predators or groomers to easily see children’s Pinterest boards, view their pinboards, and be aware of their interests and attempt to get to know them.To keep track of who is following your child on Pinterest, what photos they pin, and what they share, we strongly recommend you do so.
Because all profiles on Pinterest are public, anyone can send messages directly to your child. You can be contacted by predators, groomers, or phishers this way, and they may try to exploit you. Talk to your child about this and warn them against anyone trying to contact them via Pinterest. They should be able to recognize the dangers of direct messaging with strangers and how to avoid them using apps like Pinterest.