Bebo

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Like all social sites, some iffy content is here.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 28 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Lots of content geared toward college set, not appropriate for the 13-year-old minimum site age.

Violence

Specific to individual home pages. Mentions of suicide, cartoon graphics of guns.

Sex

Specific to individual home pages. Sexual slang, suggestive pics, links to iffy content.

Language

Specific to individual home pages. Occasional swearing, sexual slang.

Consumerism

Blurring of lines between free user sites and commercial featured sites. Ads on a lot of pages.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Specific to individual home pages. Underage alcohol drinking in posted pics.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this social networking site is open to anyone 13 and up, it's primarily geared toward college kids, and young teens shouldn't be roaming around. There's a lot going on on this award-winning social networking site -- including sexual slang, pics with underage drinking or suggestive images, mentions of suicide, cartoon graphics of guns, and links to iffy content, just to name a few. Kids can also chat with each other in real time with Bebo's AIM. There are a lot of ads and it's quite confusing to distinguish between free user sites and commercial featured sites. The good news? Kids can make their profile only accessible to friends and family. And, they can block or report people to make things safer.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDennan M. November 6, 2017

Isn’t up anymore !

Bebo used to me a great social networking site that competed with Facebook sadly now bebo is basically nothing lol but when it was up 16+
Adult Written byJoh3452 July 15, 2014

Style

Me and a lot of my friends are very disappointed by the way you've changed bebo. I think you should revert it to the old bebo, because that was more fun.
Teen, 13 years old Written bycinnagurl September 5, 2011

bebo is better than facebook

i have a bebo facebook is worse than this and its more private
Teen, 14 years old Written byalexramirez October 24, 2010
because is good

What's it about?

Already ranked the top social networking site in the U.K., Ireland, and New Zealand, BEBO.COM is next in line behind MySpace and Facebook in the U.S. as the place for teens and young adults to showcase their life in multimedia, keep in touch with and meet friends, or just hang out. The endless options for personal home page content are dizzying: Photos, organized by event or subject; YouTube videos; widgets, including a timed countdown to events; music; polls, like a celebrity look-alike photo game with the user as the real star; blogs and messages that others can also comment on; photos of friends with links of their own sites; a whiteboard that anyone can draw or write on (and the site "owner" can erase); and more.

Is it any good?

Straight-up advertising is posted clearly on Bebo.com's main page. The more subversive advertising, however, comes in the form of "Featured Sponsored Profiles" and videos that look just like the kids' free sites, but when viewed are clearly promoting a product, movie, or other commercial venture.

Good News: Bebo.com's user rules and Internet safety guidelines, posted on the networking site's main page, are some of the most practical and thorough among social networking sites. Bad News: Not a shocker, but not all users follow those safety tips and some explicit sites find ways to get their links onto some pages. Some of the content posted by users includes the standard teen social networking bugaboos like the latest camera phone shots of partying teens downing beers in the rented limo. That said, site creators have established safety tools, like a "Report Abuse" click available on each member's profile. And they've established sound rules and guides, like remembering that your online "friends" are not really friends to be trusted. Probably the best safety feature of all? The Bebo.com option to only allow access to your home page to real-life friends and family.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Internet safety and commercialism. What personal information is okay to post online? Also, which home pages are created specifically to sell you something, like the new Bratz movie or a band's latest album?

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