Over the Line?

 
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Frank peer talk about very complex issues facing teens.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

It's easy to navigate through posts and add comments. However, the app has been know to crash at random times.

Violence

Talk of bullying and being the victim of what amounts to sexual blackmail (threatening to distribute nude pictures of someone if they don't do as commanded) -- almost always from the victim's perspective.

Sex

Frank talk about pressures teens feel when it comes to sex, activities like "sexting," and the consequences of having sex. One poster admits to having sex with her best friend's boyfriend and becoming pregnant as a result. Another admits to having sex with someone and not telling them that he or she was HIV-positive. The words aren't graphic, but the scenarios discussed are.

Language

Curse words aren't used, but there's a lot of frank talk about sex.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Frequent talk of alcohol and what appear to be cases of people using rohypnol ("roofies") on others.

Privacy & safety

Users can submit stories anonymously but also have the option to log in via Facebook or type in a name (no last names allowed), age, and gender.

Last names and locations are never shown to users, regardless of the method they use to enter their stories.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Over the Line? is a discussion board for teens who are struggling with difficult situations -- everything from being pressured to have sex by a boyfriend or girlfriend to self-esteem issues to bullying. Users can submit their own stories and read and rate others' to anonymously help peers learn what's considered appropriate and what's not. The topics discussed are mature and not age appropriate for young children, but teens might find comfort in learning that they're not alone. Beyond the group discussions, Over the Line? offers contact information for several real-world programs that can help, including the National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. It also defines and discusses ramifications of sexting, spying, constant messaging, and more. The app, which is part of MTV's "A Thin Line" initiative to stop the spread of digital abuse, has stability issues, and sometimes crashes randomly.

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As parents, we hope that our kids will come to us when they're facing tough situations. But as kids get older, that doesn't always happen. In an era of digital harrassment and sexting, kids are often too embarrassed or ashamed to talk to their parents. Over the Line? is a useful tool for them to learn that they're not alone and to learn what others are going through. Beyond the community aspects, which are carefully monitored, it also offers straightforward information and resources to help kids in trouble. It's not ideal, but if nothing else, it lets kids talk about their fears and situations that embarrass them in an inviting, anonymous forum.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:October 29, 2010
Category:Lifestyle
Publisher:MTV Networks
Version:1.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later

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Teen, 13 years old Written bymrssos April 21, 2012
 

Very Sexual in Some Cases

This App is fun to look over and is good for helping teens with problems going on in their lives, although they can often refer to sex and other things along that line. I still love this App and helping people out!!! ***When things get sexual they are usually VERY sexual, depending on the situation***
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Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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