A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
The global aspect of hi5.com adds an interesting twist to the mix of social networking sites. Many different cultures and languages represented. Of course, there's a lot of iffy behavior that kids shouldn't be a part of.
Violence & Scariness
As with any social networking site, content varies on each page. Some profiles have violent content (posts or music videos), while others don't even go there.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
As with any social networking site, content varies on each page. Unfortunately, the page names don't always give an accurate clue to content. For example, one site listed under sports and recreation is all pornography.
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As with any social networking site, content varies on each page. There's a lot of swearing on some personal pages, but a lot of pages are very clean.
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Products & Purchases
Ads from major corporations like AT&T, as well as music videos, TV show clips, and more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There's some talk (and photos) of underage drinking and drug usage, and some people brag about doing both.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this 60 million+ member global community of personal sites is similar to other social networking sites with sometimes inappropriate content in photos (scantily clad women in suggestive poses) and postings (swearing, references to drinking and drugs), lots of bells and whistles to communicate with online "friends," and privacy settings to limit who views your personal page. There are a lot of different languages and cultures represented here, and users can subscribe to other people's "channels."
Is It Any Good?
As on most social networking sites, questionable content does pop up. The little hi5 "give 'em five" icons all over the place let users post the icons to each others' sites to "describe how you feel about your friend" -- with an option to delete if your "friend" doesn't feel very good about you. Don't miss the site's safety sections for teens and parents, and consider recommending to your teen that he or she use the privacy settings to control who can see their page. Otherwise it's global, quite literally.
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