hi5

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Global social networking has some iffy content.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 8 reviews

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Positive Messages

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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.

Consumerism

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.

What 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."

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Parent of a 2, 8, and 18+-year-old Written byreeeeeeeeeeeeeeee November 13, 2018

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Adult Written byCSM Screen name... October 6, 2009
Kid, 11 years old July 8, 2010
Its okay for the younger kids if they follow the rules and dont view or do anything inappropriate. Better for teens because they might know what they are doing... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written by9001 March 4, 2010

Mature, older teenagers only.

If there is a possibility of you being tricked into going to a porn site from there, it's not for kids.

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.

Talk to your kids 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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