DotBlu

Website review by
Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media
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Social "gaming" site is all about betting.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 2 reviews

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

Positive Messages

In general, the community is friendly, but there are some hateful questions and comments: "who is the slutteyist bitch," "being gay is SICK."

Violence
Sex

There are some questions about sex, like "who has the hottest body" or "who would you rather have sex with?" There's no outright nudity, but a few photos come pretty close.

Language

Some profanity in questions and comments, including f--k.

Consumerism

The point of the site is winning as many BluBucks as possible through betting and playing games. There are lots of ads and links to third-party sites. Users can buy tokens with real money, or can "earn" tokens by purchasing goods from outside sites or filling out surveys that disclose personal information.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some users talk about getting drunk or high. "Gifts" include beers and glasses of champagne.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the main activity on this social gaming site is betting (with virtual currency.) The site prompts registered users to provide their email address and email password so that invitations can be sent to contacts. Users should avoid this by clicking "do it later" instead of entering their information.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byBiGHeartedGuy August 11, 2012

Dotblu Not For Me

I was on this site and they ban people who use multipe accounts but for the Bet of the Day the Moderators would personally place fake accounts to help win the B... Continue reading
Adult Written bydinarr September 4, 2010
i say get it back

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What's it about?

Billed as "a community dedicated to friendly online competitive gaming," DOTBLU.COM is essentially a betting site minus any actual money. Users start with a set amount of BluBucks -- virtual currency -- and try to build up their bank by placing bets on different types of user-generated questions, and by creating questions and playing arcade games. There are "quizzes" and "predictions," which have factual answers, as well as "majority wins" questions, in which users cash in by voting with the crowd. BluBucks can be traded in for profile enhancements, and users can also purchase "tokens" with real money to access special features.

Is it any good?

Simply put, DotBlu.com can be engaging for people who enjoy gambling -- or weighing in on the Jonas Brothers. The questions are a mixed bag, running the gamut from "Am I hot?" to "Which Truman Capote classic is a true story?" Some users might enjoy the randomness, but a "sort by topic" feature couldn't hurt. Of course, regardless of the content, parents may not want their teens acquiring a taste for gambling. Plus, the site allows users to "borrow" BluBucks while waiting to collect on bets -- not the wisest practice in real life.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it's not a good idea to give out email passwords or friends' email addresses on sites like this. Families can also talk about how frequently placing bets -- even with fake money -- can become a bad habit.

Website details

  • Genre: Gaming
  • Pricing structure: Free

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