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Global social networking has some iffy content.

What parents need to know

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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."

What's it about?

Taking Facebook, MySpace, and Piczo to a broader stage, HI5.COM's social networking universe spans North and South Americas, Europe, and Asia. This makes for an interesting mix of international languages, members, and content -- think Fantasy Island and Bollywood videos. But there's also the standard fare of lots of mainstream American music videos and personal self-gratuitous photos from teens and young adults looking to be sexy, tough, or mysterious.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Internet safety with social networking sites. Why is guarding your personal information -- and your personal image -- on social networking sites so important? What information should you include in your profile and what should you leave out?

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Genre:Social Networking
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 12 years old June 14, 2009

I used to have one of these accounts

I used to have a Hi5 account, and NO ONE AT ALL talked to me on there, in fact the settings wouldn't work...I went to change my "basic info" from Male to Female and it wouldn't work...well it seemed to, until I saved it...that was a diff. story... Hi5 sucks Myspace= awesome
Teen, 13 years old Written bydeangelo April 3, 2009


if myspace ok hi5 is
Kid, 12 years old July 29, 2009
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