IMFrenzy

Website review by
Conny Coon, Common Sense Media
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Frenzied social network heavy on celebs, light on safety.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

There’s a slight sense of encouragement and support that stems from the Advice section, where a variety of "specialists" are available to answer questions (via private email) on everything from gynecology topics to breaking into modeling and acting.

Violence
Sex

With unmoderated live chat and message boards, there’s ample opportunity for inappropriate posts. Fashion- and beauty-related images of models and celebrities are often in suggestive clothing and poses.

Language

Unmoderated live chats and network messaging leave open the opportunity for inappropriate language.

Consumerism

Third-party ads are interspersed throughout the site, some touting opportunities for girls to be “discovered” for a modeling or acting career. Yet others are innocuous and promote organizations such as The Humane Society. Branded Frenzy products (shorts, earrings, flip flops) are available for sale in the Shop section and are promoted everywhere on the site.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this free social networking website is aimed at teen girls, but offers limited privacy, no moderation, and no parental controls. There’s a strong focus on beauty, fashion, and celebrity, but not much substance to keep teens interested other than some short posts that plug products and retailers along with a smattering of photos of popular celebrities and current celebrity “crushes.” The social network function encourages participation but currently isn’t very active. A dedicated Advice area gives users access to so-called specialists who can privately (via email) answer teens’ questions about health, skin care, nutrition, education, modeling, and more.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 15 year old Written byBetsyboo April 7, 2010
The site is cool, the experts have been very helpfull, I love the blogs !
Parent Written byinabi April 8, 2010

good resource for teen girls

i love that girls have an outlet to ask doctors and nutritionists questions. you know girls these days are concerned about body image so I think its a good idea... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old November 11, 2010

Ok

I dont thinks it shud be allowed for 10-12 for 13 its alright but wwatch out
Teen, 13 years old Written byvampire424 April 26, 2010

Is it any good?

With so many social networking sites clamoring for girls’ time and attention, any new site needs a hook to draw them in and keep them coming back. But instead of finding that one key thing that girls will be drawn to and then executing it well, IMFRENZY has tried to throw everything into the mix. The result is a social network site that tries to offer a little of everything -- yet none of it is done particularly well. And none of it is particularly safe for its teen users. Users will find fluffy celebrity news, gossip, and photos as well as some seriously lame online games. There are brief blogs that tout fashion favorites and push product (such as clothes from H&M and makeup from Essie). Teens can also seek out confidential, emailed advice from “experts” in a wide array of topics, but offering up an email address and a personal question to an adult stranger seems risky.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • The many places teens can turn for advice. Websites such as this offer the opportunity to seek advice from strangers. What are other, safer ways to seek out advice?

  • The types of things that are appropriate to post on a social network. How can teens avoid compromising their privacy when they’re online?

  • Using common sense and good judgment while online. What rules of the road should teens follow when they’re interacting with others in a social network?

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