What is Reddit? Parent App Guide (Video)

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What is Reddit?

Reddit users – or “Redditors” – post and vote on interesting news, humorous memes, questions about topics and random information.

  • The front page to the internet
  • People post interesting news, humorous memes, questions about topics and random information
  • Registered users can then comment and vote submissions up or down to organize the post and determine its position on the site’s pages
  • Content is organized by groups/areas of interest called “subreddits.” Subreddit topics include: news, gaming, movies, music, books, fitness, food, and photo sharing, among many others
  • Subreddits have an “r/” before the topic. This means you can find the subreddit by visiting Reddit.com/r/InsertSubject

Reddit statistics

Almost twice as many users browse Reddit from school than any other location.

  • Reddit has a desktop site, mobile friendly site and a mobile app – Reddit: The Official App
  • 9th most visited website in the US and 33rd in the world
  • Almost twice as many users browse Reddit from schools than any other location
  • 10% of all online bullying happens in places like the Reddit comment section

Reddit in the news

[Reddit] is home to some of the Internet’s most vile trolls and bullies – CNN

[Reddit] has played host to repugnant, often violent strains of [sexist comments] – NBC

One issue has been the [interaction] between respectable and vile parts of Reddit – Slate

Why should parents care?

If a student posts under their real name on Reddit, it could change their Google results.

  • Most accounts are anonymous, allowing people to speak more freely and insult/humiliate other users
  • There are no editors on Reddit – anyone can submit content and it’s not filtered. Users can only down vote or report inappropriate posts
  • Popular subreddits like r/roastme focus on writing mean comments about someone’s appearance
  • Each subreddit is independent and moderated by a team of volunteers. There is a lot of explicit content and teen focused subreddits
  • Reddit states that it’s not directed at people under the age of 13. However, because it is full of unmoderated, user submitted content, we do not recommend it for kids younger than 18 years’ old
  • Also, if your student posts under their real name, it could change their Google footprint

What can parents do?

Remind teens that inappropriate online activity (even under a fake username) can harm their reputation.

  • If your teens read Reddit or have the mobile app – have a conversation with them. Perhaps have them delete this app
  • Discuss bullying issues. Tell your teens that they can always come to you if they have a problem or a concern
  • Teach your teens to be Light, Bright & Polite in real life, as well as online
  • Ask kids not to share their real names, age, phone number or address online
  • Explain to teens that “being anonymous does not mean untraceable”
  • Remind teens that inappropriate online activity (even under a fake username) can harm their reputation
  • Remember that Reddit pages can be listed in Google results, so it’s not impossible to hide Reddit from students who are researching on Google
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