Also known as “the front-page of the internet,” Reddit is a popular online forum that features a vast amount of content for users to read, contribute to, and share with other people. It functions much like a message board. Reddit is routinely in the top ten most popular websites in the U.S., and it has has grown significantly since its humble beginnings in 2005.
The forum is organized by user-created boards known as “subreddits” that can be about nearly any topic imaginable. A subreddit is preceded by the characters “r/” in the url. For example, “r/planes” would be a subreddit on the general topic of planes. Similarly, a subreddit entitled “r/stocks” would be all about the stock market.
Reddit really is just a large database of knowledge. While some of that “knowledge” is certainly random photos and memes, there are plenty of subreddits that are all about learning specific topics, such as “r/guitarlessons” or “r/woodworking”. These can be excellent channels for beginners to learn new hobbies or share their knowledge with others.
As you can imagine, a website with such an open-ended platform could be worrisome for younger visitors. Because Reddit is such a popular destination, there are scores of NSFW (not safe for work) threads available on the site. Although not immediately visible, it is there. Thankfully, there are ways to protect your child from viewing any explicit content.