Pinterest App Details:
Description: One of the most popular social media sites on the planet right now, where people “pin” creative ideas on their “boards” which are shared. Pinterest is best used through the mobile app but is still very useful through the “regular” website, www.pinterest.com.
Category: Social Networking
APP Store rating: 4+ (but, don’t believe it – see Risks).
What Parents Need to Know about Pinterest:
- Under the Surface, There’s Porn – Yes, everywhere. If using the app, you must log-in in order to search content. If using the web, initially, the site will force you to input a username and password in order to see your search results, but if you simply hit F5 to refresh the URL, it will show you the results without logging in. If you directly type in an inappropriate search word, the site will say, “we don’t allow things that are inappropriate” but that’s just not true. There are TONS of inappropriate pictures that just aren’t tagged with any inappropriate words that would be flagged by Pinterest’s filters. Through drilling into boards and followers, a user could find almost anything pornographic.
- Some Blockage – the Pinterest app and website can be effectively blocked with OpenDNS on both Apple and Android devices, using the “social networking” category. If you delete the Pinterest app and force use through a filtered browser like Covenant Eyes, you can effectively block most (but definitely not all) inappropriate searches.
Pinterest Bottom Line:
Pinterest is social media, just like the other large social platforms. Therefore, COPPA is applicable, and users should all be 13. That being said, Pinterest is actually a pretty attractive social platform for training kids what social media is all about.
This is because www.pinterest.com operates very similarly as the Pinterest App. And, by co-using www.pinterest.com through a filtered and monitored web browser, like Covenant Eyes or Mobicip, inappropriate content can be partially blocked, and for what does get through, it can be discussed when it hits monitoring reports. This makes Pinterest a very nice training ground for young users (who can then graduate to the app version once they prove trustworthy).
If you want extra assurance, then the Bark solution can monitor search words and posts for inappropriate or dark language, sending an alert to parents. Pretty cool (assuming you know their account information)!