AllyKatzz

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Safe tween blogging site is fluffy but very clean.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 40 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

Site says all tween girls "except mean girls" are allowed. Most girls who post here seem to follow that rule. Get three strikes -- for things like mean talk, inappropriate language -- and you're kicked out.

Violence
Sex

Lots of relatively tame tween relationship talk: I like this boy, does he like me? He likes me, his best friend likes me, my best friend likes him. He's two years older than me, can I date him?

Language

Site hires college students and adults to read every post, so there's no trash talk.

Consumerism

Ads for movies, books, music. The site encourages users to sign up for its group "AllyStreetKatzz," which is a vehicle to collect market research from those who participate in contests and polls sponsored by companies that target tween girls. Parental permission and home address required.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5, 9, and 11 year old Written bymacjordans December 30, 2011

entry page for unfiltered content

AllyKatzz may be entry page for unfiltered content. After two days on the site, my 9 year old daughter had created another account, without an email confirmat... Continue reading
Parent of a 7 and 11 year old Written bycrisleem October 22, 2009

Perfect for girls 9-15!

My daughter has been on this site for a couple years now. It certainly isn't Facebook or Myspace but instead an age appropriate version of such. I'v... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 5, 2012

it is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i think it is a good site for even people who are just now learning things
Kid, 9 years old September 16, 2012

Great site, just it's connected to Yoursphere.

I really liked it, but since it's connected to Yoursphere it's not safe and I'm not allowed to use it.

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.

Website details

  • Genre: Blogging
  • Pricing structure: Free

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