A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this site is a safe way for tween girls to blog -- and read other blogs. The girls who are registered here can't post any identifying information, including last name, or any photo of their face (unless they are a "reporter" for the site), home, or school. Administrators hire college students to monitor all posts and photos. Talk is highly tween-ish and scores much higher on the tame scale than most other networking sites. Unfortunately, there's a commercialistic yuck factor that data is being collected from girls who sign up for a special designation on the site for marketing and research purposes, and ads abound here. But overall a safe, fun, colorful site for tween bloggers.
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Is it any good?
If you're a girl 9 to 15, you've got a colorful, easy-to-use place to blog on ALLYKATZZ.COM. Completely monitored, there's no worry about cruel responses, questionable language, and sexual banter that often happen on other social networking sites. The site's reporter program gives tween and teen girls the opportunity to fill out an application, learn about covering a topic of interest to the entire online community of girls, and report stories. Allykatzz.com offers girls a home on the Internet to air their thoughts and experiences in a safe environment online. And if your daughter gets really involved with the community, there are in-person meetings now, too. Parents may need to help tweens notice the overabundance of ads.
Online interaction: Responses to blog posts are filtered and tend to be positive to neutral.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the pros and cons of blogging and discussing their lives with other tweens they don't know in real life. What does it mean to be "mean" on this site? Do you agree with the "three strikes and you're out" policy? Are most of the posts positive or negative?
Discuss how companies can create, advertise, and sell products based on the blogs, quiz, and poll responses of this site's users. Read Common Sense Media's Selling to Kids Tips.
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