Sweety High

Common Sense Media says

Closed social network for girls is strong on privacy.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Sweety High encourages girls to express themselves creatively, be respectful of others, and stay safe online. On the other hand, a lot of the content focuses on celebrities and shopping.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

The web series has some flirting and mild innuendo (a teenage boy talks about giving a girl "mouth-to-mouth ressucitation").

Language

Swear words are censored from comments and other text areas.

Consumerism

There are no ads, but brands appear throughout the site, frequently in the form of contests.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

User profiles are private -- only friends on the site can see them. Sweety High monitors all content for age-appropriateness and also offers PSAs that teach girls about cyber-safety. Girls under 13 need a parent's permission to sign up, and parents can modify (or delete) their child's content and settings.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this social network for girls is strong on privacy. Sweety High moderates user-created content and provides plenty of information on surfing safely. Girls' profiles are only visible to their friends, and there are parental controls for younger users' accounts. Parts of Sweety High focus on creativity and self-expression, but the site is also heavy on shopping, fashion, and celebrities.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing
  • photography
  • singing
  • dance

Hobbies

  • cooking
  • fashion

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • producing new content

Communication

  • friendship building
  • presenting

Responsibility & Ethics

  • respect for others

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Fun features and a stylish design will draw kids in. The video channels offer entertaining, well-produced fare, and some of the contests encourage creativity. Social networking is upbeat.

Learning Approach

Along with video production skills, girls can learn about giving and receiving constructive criticism on videos they upload for other "Sweeties" to see. Sweety High underscores the importance of being supportive in a social world.

Support

Social networking features go beyond the basics -- girls can give each other hearts and gifts, and in turn, they'll earn karma points that unlock extra rewards.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • drawing
  • photography
  • singing
  • dance

Hobbies

  • cooking
  • fashion

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination
  • producing new content

Communication

  • friendship building
  • presenting

Responsibility & Ethics

  • respect for others

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Kids can learn how to be respectful and safe in the social networking world while nurturing their creativity and self expression. Girls can film themselves singing or dancing, post the video on Sweety High, and give feedback to other "Sweeties." Sweety High's strict moderation and privacy controls ensure that content is for users' eyes only -- and that comments are kind and constructive.  Shopping and celebrity gossip easily overshadow self-esteem building.

This Learning Rating review was written by Susan Yudt

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Sweety High's school-themed social site lets girls interact with friends online, earn rewards, and upload photos and videos. An original web series called "Sweety" follows the lives of four high school BFFs; the teen-hosted "Food Star" features cooking tips and celebrity guests. Four times a year, Sweety High hosts "Be a Star," a contest that rewards talented tweens with real-life opportunities to pursue their dreams in fields like fashion design. Joining Sweety High is free, but you must be a member to enter "Be a Star" and get access to other premium features. Membership is $5.95 a month.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Sweety High has some fun features and a stylish design. The video channels offer entertaining, well-produced fare, and some of the contests encourage creativity, like asking girls to write a song for the chance to duet with a well-known performer. The social networking features go beyond the basics -- girls can give each other hearts and gifts, and in turn, they'll earn karma points that unlock extra rewards. Sweety High does a good job creating a safe, positive atmosphere, and users' comments are encouraging and upbeat.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the safety tips on the site and discuss whether it's OK to post videos or other content that might compromise a teen's privacy.

  • Families can talk about whether it's worth paying a fee to access a site's premium content. Can you have fun on this site without the extra features? What kind of content is worth paying extra for?

Website details

Genre:Social Networking
Topics:Friendship
Pricing structure:Free

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  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
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  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 10 and 12 year old Written bykatehenry March 3, 2010
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10
QUALITY
 

My daughter had the chance to be a "Foundation girl" for the social network, meaning she was part of the process of creating the site from the very beginning. I can definitely say it was built specifically for what tween girls like her want. She spends hours making music videos on the weekends to put on the site and loves posting back and forth with her friends from school on the weeknights (after homework is done and only for a predetermined amount of time of course). Plus, with the parent controls I'm able to monitor everything she does on the site.

What other families should know
Great messages
Parent of a 11 year old Written by3grtgirls March 3, 2010
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10
QUALITY
 

Great place for tween girls

My girls have always loved making their own videos. This site gives them a chance to share them with others in a safe environment. They are really on target with the interests of tween girls and I can see the safety messages really laying a good foundation for internet use as they grow older.

Parent of a 12 year old Written byHappyMommy516 March 3, 2010
AGE
9
QUALITY
 

I love this site and my daughter adore it!!! It has help me learn about what my daughter needs and wants in this new age of social media. The safety tips are incredible... the site overall have an amazing standard of quality. Bravo

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