DanceJam

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Video content can get steamy on the dance floor.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The idea behind the site -- to bring dancers from all over the world on the same video "stage" to compete against each other -- is a niche social networking idea that could create an interesting community if the site is used properly. In its beta version, the site is still taking shape and adding new members.

Violence

Some content that unfortunately has become synonymous with rap videos -- fist fights, guns, crime, jail references.

Sex

The site has rules against sexually explicit materials, and it has a "Flag Objectionable Material" feature. But, some videos -- especially some professional ones -- are sexually explicit. Also, member photos and profiles can be unpredictable. Although most of the stuff is tame, there's at least one completely nude profile shot and one with a woman's behind fully exposed.

Language

Mild swearing, but used positively ("damn" in a compliment about a dance). Slang some people may find objectionable.

Consumerism

Small ads for music and related products. Some of the videos and member profiles are more like press releases or commercials for professional dance and rap artists, like 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Lil Mama, and others.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

None observed.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this the video uploading and social networking site about dancing was created by MC Hammer and friends, and although it promotes dancing, does have some iffy comments in the profiles, links to teens' personal MySpace pages, and sexually-charged dancing, photos, and images in videos. Some of the professional rap videos also have violent imagery -- fist fights, guns, crime, jail references. Site rules say you're supposed to be 16 to use it, but there are currently videos posted of dancers clearly under 16.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 14 year old Written byCnote September 17, 2009

Perfect for 13+ who have a passion for dance

I love this site... it is great for networking with dancers and sure there are some people who will abuse the site but isnt tht the same for facebook or myspace... Continue reading
Adult Written byfame321 April 9, 2008
Teen, 16 years old Written bygursimran November 11, 2009
Kid, 7 years old January 2, 2011

What's it about?

From break dancing to krumping, Hollywood rap videos to homemade dance moves, DANCEJAM.COM has lots for dance enthusiasts to see -- and some content to avoid. The new social networking, dance promotion, and video sharing site for dancers created by MC Hammer includes users from Iowa to India who post their amateur dance videos and view others, as well as create personal profiles. Music industry players have started posting their videos, too. "Head-to-Head" dance competitions where viewers can vote on which dancer is the best is a popular feature.

Is it any good?

This site would be a winner for dancing teens if it followed its own rules about banning sexual explicit material. But, unfortunately, there's a mix of both positive content and stuff you don't really want your kid to see or read. Maybe once the site goes through its testing beta stage, the founder of this site will hammer out his intentions for the dance YouTube-MySpace hybrid on the Web.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how teens can safely use Web sites like this with both negative and positive content: Make use of the good features (viewing the dance tutorials and watching and voting on the head-to-head competitions), and report any inappropriate content. Also, discuss why it's hard to distinguish the professional material from advertising. Is a dancer/rapper who posts a profile on the site to socialize or advertise?

Website details

  • Genre: Music
  • Pricing structure: Free

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