What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this gossip site from MSN falls somewhere in between "naughty" and "nice." The copy can be a bit snarky at times, and there's coverage of stars' bad behavior, but it isn't nearly as rude and crude as TMZ. There's no commenting feature or other interactive elements.
What's it about?
A new addition to the MSN portal, WONDERWALL joins the ever-expanding ranks of celebrity gossip hubs, mixing original content with coverage from sources like Entertainment Tonight and the Associated Press. The site features photo galleries, videos, and blog-style recaps of the latest in entertainment news, ranging from squeaky-clean American Idol coverage to slightly salacious stories about stars and their stripper poles.
Is it any good?
Aside from a fairly innovative design -- a horizontal scroll of hyperlinked photos -- Wonderwall doesn't break any new ground. The site's a fun, light read, but some of the content is just filler, like the 30-second "My Life As a Covergirl" videos, which are essentially commercials. Also, teens might find the site a bit one-dimensional since there are no social features like comments or message boards. Fans looking for more in-depth entertainment coverage will fare better on MSN's movies, music, and TV outlets.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about our obsession with celebrities. Why do you think people care so much about stars' private lives? What information is OK to report and what should be off limits? Do you think celebrities who appeal to kids and teens have a responsibility to be role models? See our tips on talking about Celebrity Role Models.