What parents need to know
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
- producing new content
- friendship building
Responsibility & Ethics
- respect for others
- digital creation
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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 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?