A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the creators of Blerp seem committed to making the discussion app a fun, wholesome tool for everyone, including high schoolers. Blerp has banned thousands of adult-content sites out of the gate, and users can opt to block posts that Blerp has tagged as offensive.
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What's it about?
Like VH1's Pop-Up Videos only better, blerps are notes, photos, video clips, and other snippets that can be posted on top of any Web page. Getting started is easy: just register at Blerp.com and type your favorite URL into the browser bar. The site loads with the Blerp comment bar down the left side of the screen listing opinions left by other users. Clicking on a post pops it over the page inside a text box or your choice of fun background like a thought bubble or happy face. Because Blerp is a social networking tool, too, users can reply to posts and start threaded discussions, friend others, and email. They can import contacts and share blerps across all the popular networks including Facebook and Twitter.
Is it any good?
Blerp breaks new ground by turning the Internet into one big, multimedia-capable discussion forum. With the ability to monitor what your friends are saying across Web sites, the possibilities are endlessly entertaining. Blerp isn't perfect; to anchor a discussion to a specific Web page, this alpha version makes you enter the URL into the Blerp browser bar. That's a real pain if an article you want to comment on is buried deep in a site -- you can't just enter the home page URL and browse over inside Blerp. A downloadable version of Blerp due out by the end of June is supposed to be better integrated. In the meantime, this innovative app is well worth a try.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the level of personal detail kids should divulge in their Blerp profiles, who is safe to friend, and which Web sites might be the most fun or educational to visit. Parents of young teens might be able to put their foot down on the adult content setting, but computer-savvy kids curious about what they’re missing can easily flip the switch back on.