Break

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
Break Website Poster Image
Video-sharing site has adult content, nasty users.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of an infant, 2, 4, 7, and 11 year old Written bylindsey678 February 2, 2011

BAD PARENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IF YOU LET A KID 14 AND UNDER GO ON THIS WEBSITE THEN YOU ARE A BAD PARENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Parent Written byCooldee May 17, 2010

For men ages 17 and up!

Keep younger children younger than 17 form viewing this website! Break.com is very bad!
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'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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate