Parents' Guide to

Teen Cribs

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Wealthy teens give tours of cushy digs they didn't pay for.

TV MTV Reality TV 2009
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Shows like Teen Cribs appeal to the voyeur in all of us, and the chance to peek inside mega homes that most of us could only afford in our dreams is kind of fun. But what are we learning here about the cost of such luxurious accommodations and, in most cases, the hard work that went into paying for them? Unfortunately, not very much. (One notable exception: The home of one teen, whose father is an inventor and the owner of several unnamed tech companies, sends a strong message that being smart can pay off. Big time.)

Many of these privileged teens' parents admit on camera that they purposefully tried to make their homes "fun" so that their kids would want to spend all their time there with their friends instead of getting into trouble someplace else. Family togetherness is great. But does it really take a Rolls Royce, a recording studio, and an indoor rock climbing wall to keep kids happy and safe? If so, parents everywhere should be concerned.

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