BFF.tv

Common Sense Media says

Site celebrating friendship is mostly fluff.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The basic premise of BFF celebrates the unbreakable bond between friends, through good times and bad. A portion from each bracelet purchase is donated to charities that support members of the armed forces and their families, helping spread a message -- and funds -- to those fighting for the country.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

Clothing styles showcased often feature revealing fashions. Music lyrics within featured songs occasionally contain suggestive lyrics. Comment section is unfiltered or monitored, so it’s possible for inappropriate language to be posted.

Language

Comment section is unfiltered or monitored, so it’s possible for inappropriate language to be posted.

Consumerism

Each page includes a large ad promoting the sale of the BFF bracelet. Ads from various third parties appear on every page (i.e., Loreal, Netflix, Yahoo). Music videos are frequently posted, and visitors are encouraged to purchase the showcased tunes from various online music vendors such as MySpace Music, Amazon, and iTunes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No privacy policy is stated. Although it’s not stated on the BFF.tv website, its partner site (American Freedom Foundation) has a privacy policy stating that all of its activities -- including the BFF bracelet program -- are intended for those 18 and over. It doesn’t knowingly collect personally identifiable information and recommends parental monitoring. Names and email addresses are required before commenting on blog posts is allowed. There are no reminders or cautions against using a full name.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that BFF.tv is a simple, fluff-filled site with a mission to celebrate friendship, but is mostly made up of brief blog posts about celebrities, fashion, music, and shopping. Several entertaining seasons of an online game show (BFF Quiz Show) provide insight into the lives of best friends and quiz them on how well they know each other. Featured -- and promoted -- prominently on the site is a BFF bracelet. For one price, visitors can buy a bracelet, and an identical one will be sent to someone serving in the military. Each bracelet can be registered on the website so the new BFFs -- one civilian and one military -- can connect. This bracelet and program are promoted heavily through a partner website of the American Freedom Foundation (AFF). After registering and creating a profile, users can upload videos and photos, post their own blogs, and view profiles of others in the BFF community. There’s no cost to visit the site, but to register, create a profile, and share content, users must first purchase a $10 BFF bracelet.

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

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For a site centered on the strong bond between friends, BFF.TV feels disconnected and disjointed. It features a few friend-focused areas such as the quiz show and BFF bracelet, but it’s simultaneously full of frothy gossip, celebrities, and music clips. Pictures of pop stars and miscellaneous fashion photos may pull in the teens and tweens, and the quiz show is interesting and fun fare. Still, there’s little to keep them there for long. While the BFF bracelet is a fitting, fashionable way to celebrate friendships, using it to connect teens to military personnel they don’t know feels forced.

Online interaction: Visitors can comment anonymously on blog posts, though there’s very little activity there to gauge the appropriateness of the comments. Registered users can post videos and photos, and interact with other registered users.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of staying safe online and using caution when providing profile information.

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Website details

Genre:Blogging
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 17 years old Written byderder March 14, 2011
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10
QUALITY
 

Life is nice

i love this website for my teen.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written bymtms2016 April 24, 2011
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
In my opinion, I didnt like the site. I didnt find it interesting at all but parents may like it... This website should be for 13+ not 11+!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 12 years old March 29, 2011
AGE
11
QUALITY
 
I've never been on it but sounds cool:)

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