A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that although this sports site has a social networking platform, there aren't as many pitfalls as other, more general, social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook. But, although the site appears to have stricter guidelines as far as language and images are concerned, it's still a place where teens can meet and communicate with other users they don't know. Users can set privacy controls to manage who can see your personal information.
What's it about?
EFANS.COM is one of the many niche off-shoots to the highly successful concept of online social networking. The site targets sports fans by providing a forum where members can learn about their favorite teams and players and then post comments relating to these profile pages. Users can also post blurbs about themselves, personal stats (birthday and hometown), post photos, create a blog, and add video content. The cool aspect of the site is the groups, where like-minded sports fans can gather to discuss favorite players and teams (Kobe Bryant, Maria Sharapova, and Ronaldo have profile pages). Almost every popular sport is represented, from American football and baseball to international tennis, racing, and soccer. The team section includes listings for most major sports teams.
Is it any good?
Sports is one of those universal conversation topics and eFans.com has the potential to entertain even an apathetic fan. But, for opinionated sports fans, this is the perfect network setting. Unfortunately, to date, the site doesn't seem all that active. Most athlete pages have only a few generic comments and the site struggles to remain entertaining as a spot for socializing. There are good facts and figures, but that can be found on lots of other sites. Hopefully, the networking can improve with greater traffic.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what personal information is safe to be shared online. What things should be kept private? How do you know when to trust a "friend" online? Families can also discuss how sports bring different people together. How do you differ from other fans of a certain team or athlete? How do European sports fans compare to American sports fans?
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