A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What 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.
Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the importance of staying safe online and using caution when providing profile information.
How is the Internet a great source for discovering new music? What new artists have you discovered online? How does previewing music and music videos online guide your music buying habits?
Does celebrity gossip in the media affect your opinion of the celebrity? What do you think makes a positive role model, and how do role models positively affect you?