A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this site's main content is fairly kid-friendly, but some of the sports stunts featured in videos, photos, and discussions wouldn't be safe for non-pros to try. And, some videos even show bloody injuries after falls. Although you have to be 13 to register and post a profile, unregistered users can cruise around the amateur videos, news posts, message boards (they're moderated), and user profiles -- on which kids post a variety of content. The site has some banner ads and its store lists several "approved affiliates."
What's it about?
If GO211.COMhad a battle cry, it would be, "Action sports fans, unite!" And, with a number of user-generated videos, message boards, and member profiles, that's just what the site hopes surf, skate, snowboard, and BMX addicts will do. This mini MySpace/news source lets kids chat via the site's moderated message boards, or read a daily news feed about each sport. Go211 users can also bond by posting online bios that feature videos, blogs, and photos. Want to find a sports happening? Go to the events section and see the many corporate-sponsored events going on. The site also features a music player with bios and tracks from dozens of artists to give fans background sound with their sports rush.
Is it any good?
There's no shortage of content on this site, from photos and videos to music and blogs. It can be a bit overwhelming for the casual user who's just browsing, but diehard fans can go straight to the navigation bar to find their favorite sport. It's nice to see an action sports site that includes female athletes, but the girl-power message is somewhat undermined by the abundance of skimpy-bikini shots.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Internet safety with social networking sites. What information should you include in your profile? How do you know if you can trust someone enough to make them a "friend" so they can contact you? What can you do if you feel like someone is bullying you or wants to meet you in person?