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Break

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Video-sharing site has adult content, nasty users.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Racist, misogynist, and anti-gay slurs, e.g. "fat bitch," "faggot," "when dumb idiots vote you get a black man for president." The site's idea of "humor" is people getting hurt or humiliated, or women being objectified. Users mock each other and the people in the videos, often hatefully, e.g. "F-ing whore: die!"

Violence

Tons of videos aof people getting hurt in sports, stunts, and fights. Iraq videos show shooting and bombing, and some games depict murder or torture.

Sex

There's a whole section dedicated to "spicy photos" that show bare breasts. Some videos contain nudity and sex acts. One contains a realistic-looking sex toy. There are links to porn sites.

Language

Lots of cursing and sexual slang in videos and comments.

Consumerism

Lots of ads, links to outside sites (including porn sites), and sponsored content. Users can win money by submitting videos, photos, or games.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There are ads for booze, and one section of the site is sponsored by Rolling Rock beer. Some videos show people rolling joints and smoking pot.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that teens shouldn't go anywhere near this popular video-sharing site even though users as young as 13 can register to create a profile, upload photos and video, and post comments. Yes, there are some G-rated videos that are fine for kids of all ages, but despite the community guidelines that caution against excessive cursing, dissing, and hate speech, all of these abound in the comments -- particularly misogynist, racist, and homophobic insults that are sometimes tinged with violence. A majority of the so-called funny videos show people getting hurt or humiliated. Some videos include sex acts, and there's a whole section of "spicy photos" with bare-breasted women. Users might also stumble across links to porn sites. There's also a lot of advertising and sponsored content, including from companies that sell alcohol.

What's it about?

BREAK.COM is a video-sharing site that purports to be a "cutting edge community" for "men 15-35." Users can create a profile, upload photos and videos, and post comments. The site's videos, photos, and games come from users, Break.com editors, and content partners. Popular themes include sex ("Two Girls Kissing"), humiliation ("Trapped in an Elevator...with Diarrhea"), and pain (tons of Jackass-type stunts gone wrong). Users can win money for submitting videos that make the cut.<

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Some of the videos are pretty funny (if racy), like "Sex Toy Helicopter Interrupts Speech," and there are even a few cute, G-rated clips like "Panda Sneeze Attack." But most of the so-called funny videos are only "funny" if you enjoy watching people getting hurt or humiliated. And what's really not funny are all the comments about "towelheads," "whores," "faggots," etc. -- and the fact that the site doesn't seem to do much to stop them. Forget the target age range -- Break.com is definitely not for teens.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how being anonymous online can bring out the worst in people. Why do some people seem to enjoy one-upping each other with hateful remarks? What's "funny" about watching someone get hurt or embarrassed? Who is the audience for this type of "entertainment"?

Website details

Genre:Video Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

AHHHH!!!

NO way! This is a horrible site. I would like to get rid of it if I could. I definatly think that this is an awful site. AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
Teen, 14 years old Written byqueenofrandom01 August 3, 2010
this is BAD!!!!! DO NOT GO ON THIS SITE IT IS BAD!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written by9001 November 13, 2009

This place is worse than youtube, and youtube is barely appropriate for 18+..

I don't visit this site enough to know EVERYTHING it contains, but I know it has nude images and strongly suggestive striptease videos. Not for kids in any way.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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