A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bossip is a gossip blog that reports on black celebrities in the news. Unfortunately, a lot of the coverage is dedicated to hating on those celebs and spreading nasty rumors, à la PerezHilton. There's lots of strong language, sex talk, homophobia, and stereotypes about gender and race. Teens looking for harmless gossip about their favorite stars should go somewhere else.
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Is it any good?
Billed as “gossip for the hardcore,” BOSSIP is a frequently updated blog that focuses mainly on black celebrities. You could describe the site as a guilty pleasure -- admittedly, it's sometimes fun to read salacious stuff about stars -- if it wasn't so quick to mock people for being overweight, gay, “slutty,” etc. There's some good stuff -- exclusive photos, videos, and interviews -- but it's largely eclipsed by Bossip’s bullying approach.
Online interaction: Some of the forum discussions are friendly and positive, but the comments on posts are largely focused on tearing down celebrities (and sometimes other commenters).
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about gossip and rumors. How can you determine if the site you're on is a reliable source of information? What would you do if someone started a hurtful rumor about you or one of your friends? Parents can caution teens against the pitfalls of "oversharing" on social sites.