Imbee

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Safer social networking if parents stay involved.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

Parents should be one of your friends on social networking sites. Whatever you post should be parent-viewing appropriate. While getting to know how to use the tools on a social network sites is important and can be fun, it's also important to know who you're chatting with, what information you're giving out on the Internet about yourself, and to have safeguards in place.

Violence

The site's Games Room links to offsite to Miniclip.com. A few games like Commando Assault are shoot-em-up games. But the graphics are definitely video game quality, not ultra-realistic like some of the latest violent video games.

Sex

Some of the pop songs on imbee radio, while cleaner than most, still have the sexual overtones typical of many mainstream Top 40 pop, R & B, and country songs.

Language
Consumerism

Some tie-ins to other media like new movie releases, as well as fan clubs for celebrities and brands. There's a "premium" membership that costs $3.99 for the first six months, $4.99 every month thereafter, or $49.95 per year, which includes music downloads, imbee radio, playlists, ringtones, and music videos.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

None observed. See note on safety.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Imbee, a Facebook-like social networking site for kids age 8-14, is a safer choice -- as long as the parent or teacher who approves the child's membership uses the many parental control options and monitors the child's activity on the site frequently. For paid "premium" members, there's also a profanity-free music service called imbee radio, as the site attempts to become the Facebook and Pandora alternative for the tween and younger teen set.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11 year old Written byDDsMOM March 29, 2011
Imbee is a creative, great, and secure site for my child. I have an eleven year old, and he loves Imbee. It has games, he is able to network with his friends, e... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old February 2, 2013

girl

This a horrible website!
Teen, 13 years old Written byTam/miya April 16, 2012

we should and u should KNow

Parents should know all whats going on

Is it any good?

For kids age 8-14 who like pop culture news, current music, and want to try a Facebook-like account of their own, IMBEE is a safe place to enter into the worlds of social networking and legal use of online music. There's a promising pitch here for a No Bully Zone "Think Before You Send" campaign, as well as good tutorials and Internet safety information for parents (who can connect with the site through their Facebook page) and kids. The more active users this site attracts, the more groups and fan sites will form, which will also boost the overall experience. Kids on the younger side of the 8-14 spectrum may find that the site is not directed enough for them.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about kids' safety and behavior on social networking sites. If imbee is your child's first foray into social networking, read Common Sense Media's Parent Advice Tipsheet on Social Networking.

  • Talk about "friending" people on a social networking site. How does your child feel about having a parent or teacher as an online friend? How would you, the parent, feel if your child was a friend of yours on Facebook?

Website details

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