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Fanlala

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Cyber news source for teen celeb fanatics, plus music.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn about their favorite celebrities in a safe and welcoming environment. With articles about acting, singing, and the young people who are making it big in the business, Fanlala teaches kids about the arts. Within the Fanlala community, they'll learn communication skills, make friends, and share feelings (and tween fans have a lot of feelings!). Although Fanlala's content is fluffy, kids can easily connect and communicate with one another over shared interests.

Positive messages

The site is upbeat and generally encourages innocent adoration. However, its frenzied focus on celeb gossip could potentially convince users that other kinds of gossip about classmates and friends is OK, too.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language

Although a message says that comments must be approved before a site administrator before going live, they seem to appear instantly -- and it's possible to post words like "s--t" on your profile and other areas of the site.

Consumerism

The site features ads for things like movies, and plugs to watch various TV shows are in some of the news items.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that -- although according to the site, administrators review every video, photo, and story posted -- comments, user-created quizzes, and profile pics go live immediately, so inappropriate content could easily get onto the site. If you’re 13 or under, a parent or guardian is required to provide a name and email address during registration and must confirm your membership before you first log in. However, kids can easily register using a friend’s email or other account.

What's it about?

Teen celebs are the focus on FANLALA.COM, a virtual community that offers teen and tween girls one-stop shopping to find out about their latest celeb crush or favorite star. The site has a decent amount of information to keep users occupied -- it features dozens of videos, including celeb interviews and music videos, and the news section is frequently updated. Fanlala also has a teen-friendly streaming music station, with each song screened for profanity and kid appropriateness.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Teens are likely to enjoy the star-centric quizzes, which appear to be one of the site’s most popular sections. They can also create and post their own quiz on a celebrity for other users to take, or listen to the kid-friendly music that streams on Fanlala Radio (which you can subscribe to for $1.99/mo or $15/year). The site has the potential to become a thriving celeb community, and most comments are pretty tame. However, the conversation only seems to really get going on a few of the celebrity-based posts. In general, Fanlala could benefit from a few more star-struck fans.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what the difference is between celebrity gossip -- such as reading about who your favorite actress is dating -- and gossip you might hear at school. Could either type be hurtful?

  • What kinds of things are OK to post online when you're commenting on a photo or something someone has said? What things aren't? Could you hurt someone's feelings by writing something, even if you've never met that person?

  • Why should you be cautious about accepting a friend request from someone you don't know in real life?

Website details

Subjects:Arts: acting, film, music
Hobbies: fashion
Skills:Communication: conveying messages effectively, friendship building
Tech Skills: evaluating media messages, social media
Responsibility & Ethics: following codes of conduct, honoring the community, respect for others
Genre:Fan Sites
Pricing structure:Free

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Teen, 13 years old Written byyeahbuddy December 1, 2009
lovveee it
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Teen, 13 years old Written bySunshineDoll January 6, 2010
I visited this website, and I thought it was OK. They give news about what's happening in Hollywood and with celebrities. There is nothing inappropriate altough the vocabulary can be offensive from time to time, but rarely.
Kid, 11 years old November 7, 2011

Great!

I don't know why CSM does this. This is NOT off for 8 and under or iffy for 9-12. I am 11 and I love this site! My little 8-year old sister also loves it! Great for anyone who loves celeb gossip!