CWTV

 
CW shows streaming online; some iffy stuff.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some of the shows display catty behavior, backstabbing, lying, and characters that are obsessed with clothes.

Violence

Wrestling show coverage shows some fighting, but it's fairly tame. Other shows have action violence with guns, fists, and blood.

Sex

Some of the shows have mature sexual situations; teenagers making out in cars, losing virginity, drunken sex, cheating.

Language

Regular profanity like "bitch" and "ass," "hell," "damn," "bastard," etc.

Consumerism

Many shows have product placement and promote certain things such as cell phones, computers, and clothes. show-related shopping. Users can purchase wallpaper designs and ringtones featuring spoken samples from CW shows. One link for a Gossip Girl style section leads users to an online commercial for Victoria's Secret. The site's cool music section is a particularly detailed online store, linking to songs from CW shows and giving users the chance to preview and buy entire albums by the featured artists.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Teens drink and smoke (both cigarettes and pot) in some of the shows.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that kids can view entire episodes of CW shows on this hub -- shows like Gossip Girl and Supernatural which are for older teens. And, despite the fact the site likely has mostly teen visitors, the CW channel doesn't view itself as a place for kids; the site cautions that its community is not for those under 13. That said, there are plenty of shows that are fine for kids. The CW Lounge message boards are monitored, and warn any inappropriate language will be removed, but some chatter walks the line of too-adult for teens, including a recent discussion on how disappointingly innocent a recent sex scene was. Also, users can send private messages to each other and create a buddy list to see when other users are online.

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What's it about?

CWTV.COM is fan central for shows like Beauty and the Geek, America's Next Top Model, and the teen hit Gossip Girl. And, as such, the site has all the typical show hype: show cast photos, upcoming episode teasers, videos of cast interviews, full episodes, and behind-the-scenes outtakes. The site has other show activities: You can select an avatar based on a show character, and Gossip Girl fans 18 and over can enter a virtual version of the show's Upper East Side locale and feel like they're part of the action. Younger fans can opt for a free online match game using cast member pics.

Is it any good?

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Although there's a lot of fun stuff on CWTV.com, it's also sales central-- apparently, the TV ads during the shows just weren't enough. The site takes fan frenzy to another level, giving users access not only to show info, but to a bevy of show-related shopping. Users can purchase wallpaper designs and ringtones featuring spoken samples from CW shows. One link for a Gossip Girl style section leads users to an online commercial for Victoria's Secret. The site's music section -- although cool -- is a particularly detailed online store, linking to songs from CW shows and allowing users to preview and buy entire albums by the artists. Users can mix their own promotional show videos in the CW Lab using clips from various shows, which the channel says it might air -- meaning the CW has not only found a way to get users to watch its ads, but to also create them!

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Website details

Genre:Fan Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Adult Written byhateyourwebsite May 15, 2011
age 14+
 
I think it is completely age inappropriate
What other families should know
Too much sex
Teen, 14 years old Written bySuperman23 April 9, 2008
age 0+
 

A normal tv network website

It has all the same features every other tv network website has. It streams episodes of tv shows that air on The CW. Some shows are iffy in content, but they are ok. There are forums which are checked frequently by the sites manager people. They delete content and the user's file if they put something inappropriate on. So pretty safe website for ages 13 and up.

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