Buzznet

Website review by
Jacqueline Rupp, Common Sense Media
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Grab bag of indie rock news for hipster teens can be dark.

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age 15+
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Positive Messages

Band videos tend to be wild, and user-submitted content can be intense (like photos of models with blood on their faces). There are also lots of discussions about the "rock star" lifestyle, which includes casual sex, drinking, and hard partying.

Violence
Sex

Some users discuss sexual themes and flirt with each other. Also there is a lot of discussion about bands, particularly boy band members and their attractiveness to female fans.

Language

Expletives can be found throughout the online community forums and in the band videos. However, content provided by the site seems to steer clear of four-letter words and censors them when used in interviews.

Consumerism

Plenty of ads on this site, mainly promoting music groups. Some of the ads look very similar in design and graphics to the regular Web site content, so it can be confusing to users what is content and what is an advertisement. The I Want That! feature reviews products that teens might like and the Style department dishes about where to shop.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

There are references to drinking in some videos and since users can submit their own content, you might find iffy stuff.

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).

User Reviews

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Parent of a 14 year old Written bygemstone July 28, 2010

Great!

this site is great! as long as you secure your childs profile, [do not allow followers unless your child knows them] and don't post any photos, its awesome... Continue reading

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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?

Website details

  • Genre: Music
  • Pricing structure: Free

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