A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this site is designed for teens and young adults interested in the indie rock scene. Edgy content, like raucous band interviews and in-your-face photography is too mature for tweens. The member's forum users post freely and the conversations can get flirty or in-depth. Watch out for the links to other Web sites, like Vampire Freaks and The Gauntlet (a hardcore metal music fan site).
What's it about?
BUZZNET combines various media -- writing, photography, video and music -- into one central hipster hub. There are music videos to watch, artist pictures to view, and editorial content about everything from band profiles to reviews of the latest electronic gear. Buzznet also offers users the chance to submit their own creative projects, which might present the perfect opportunity for young artists.
Is it any good?
Combine the best and worst of the teen years and you get a good idea of Buzznet. At its worst it's snarky, disorganized, and too cool for school. At its best it's creative, bursting with youthful energy, and original. Buzznet's user-submitted content and editorial blogs can be hit or miss, but are usually entertaining. And if you are looking to discover the next big thing in music, Buzznet won't let you down. Because the content can veer toward dark and mature themes, the site is better for older teens.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the Internet has helped create a flourishing independent music scene. Do you think Web sites, such as this one, add to the appeal of indie music? Also, how do you think this site has combined platforms from various other sites, like MTV and Facebook. Do you think this site successfully combines social networking with music coverage? Are you inspired to upload videos of your band?
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