I started watching Gossip Girl when I was 13, and honestly there was no new information for me. If your kid is mature and knows right from wrong, you have nothing to worry about. However, if you shelter your teenager to the point that they don't know what sex is, you as a parent, wouldn't be too crazy about it. I know not to drink under age and to not use drugs, my parents taught me good morals, so I know not to follow in the footsteps of some of the more "unstable" characters. If you teach your children right from wrong, and they're around 14, it's no big deal! The show does have role models! The main character, Serena, completely turns her whole life around so that she can be a better person, is that not a positive influence? If you would look past the hype that Gossip Girl is "un-realistic and pointless" you might actually notice that there is a point. Also, whats the big deal about them wearing designer labels? They have privileged parents who work hard, so what? On a side-note, yes the characters are mean to each other, in life, girls will have to deal with mean girls, all the show is doing is being honest. I love the show, and it doesn't make me want to use drugs, drink alcohol, and get pregnant, I'm too smart for that, but hey, maybe your child isn't.